Shankar in his latest open letter has announced RM 590,000 to the families of the three technicians who died in the tragic accident on the sets of Indian 2 on February 19.
Earlier, the film’s producer Lyca Productions had announced Rs 2 crore (RM 1.6 million) while the film’s lead actor Kamal Haasan had announced Rs 1 crore (RM 590,000) to the families.
Sharing details about how the three accident victims came to become a part of the project, Shankar writes,
“More than the feeling that I escaped by a whisker, the fact that the three died is giving me unbearable grief.”
While Krishna had joined the sets as Shankar’s assistant just a month ago, Chandran had apparently joined the film’s art department only during this schedule. Shankar also shares that he broke down when he saw production assistant Madhu’s body in the mortuary.
He announces 1 CR relief from his side to the deceased families … pic.twitter.com/U7F9THDBZj
— Nikil Murukan (@onlynikil) February 27, 2020
Only a few days ago, Shankar had registered his grief about the mishap on social media. “Since the tragic incident, I’ve been in a state of shock & having sleepless nights on the loss of my AD & crew. Having missed the crane by a whisker, I feel it would’ve been better if it was on me,” he had tweeted.
It is with utmost grief, I’m tweeting.Since the tragic incident,I’ve been in a state of shock & having sleepless nights on the loss of my AD & crew.Having missed the crane by a whisker,I feel it would’ve been better if it was on me. Heartfelt condolences & prayers to the families
— Shankar Shanmugham (@shankarshanmugh) February 26, 2020
Previously, in his letter that was made public a few days ago, Kamal had urged the production house to ensure the implementation of all safety guidelines and institute an audit process to assess safety standards at shooting locations before commencing any shoot.
We extend our deepest condolences to the affected families.