From ‘Tipu Sultan’ to Bachchan, ‘Indian 2’ accident puts focus on safety norms in industry

NEW DELHI/CHENNAI: The safety of stunt artistes and the unnamed hundreds who work behind the cameras to shape the action on screen was back in focus on Thursday with three crew members of Kamal Haasan’s new film being killed when a crane crashed on the sets.

From 50 people being killed in a fire on the sets of the TV show “The Sword of Tipu Sultan” to matinee idol Amitabh Bachchan’s near death experience while shooting “Coolie”, safety norms on film sets have long been a cause for concern.

And with Wednesday night’s accident on the sets of “Indian 2” in Chennai, in which nine people were injured and Haasan and director Shankar narrowly escaped death, it was not just time to rewind to the tragedies through the years but also swivel the spotlight to the security and compensation covers available for those in the industry.

Tamil film actor Amritha went on Twitter to recall a similar accident in the same place — EVP Film City in Chennai — during the shooting of her film “Bigil”. One person was seriously injured. (AGENCIES)