They say any publicity is good publicity. Unless, of course, it’s really not favourable. Like when religious outfits threaten to cut off heads of known figures or when the highest courts intervene between filmmakers and the government. With 2.0 released, the film had its moment of controversy when the cellular network operators filing a complaint against the movie for promoting “obscurantist and anti-scientific attitudes against mobile phones, towers and mobile services.”
Bearing this in mind, we bring other movies that faced its share of controversies right before its release, some even being subjected to threats of being banned and pulled the plug on.
The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), merely two-three days before the film’s official release, put out a complaint saying that the film “depicts mobile phones and mobile towers as harmful to living creatures.” The COAI sent a legal notice to the film producers (Lyca Productions and Dharma Productions) wherein they alleged that the sci-fi action film promoted “obscurantist and anti-scientific attitudes towards mobile phone, towers and mobile services”. This NPO works with government agencies like the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Irrespective of this, the film released and has been receiving rave reviews.
Read JFW’s review of the film here!