Tragedy on Rajinikanth’s ‘Kaala’ set as man dies of electrocution

The shooting of Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Kaala’ turned tragic after a crew member died of electrocution on the sets on Thursday, June 22. The incident took place while constructing a massive set at EVP Studios in Poonamalle, Chennai, for the shooting of the film’s second schedule.

A unit member by the name Michael died after coming in contact with a live wire with high voltage passing through it, while he was helping in setting up the elaborate set, according to reports. He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

The film’s team is in a state of shock, while the investigation is on.

‘Kaala’ tells the story of a man from Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli who comes to Mumbai and unites the local Tamils, and later goes on to become a Robin Hood-like figure. The film is being shot at actual locations in Mumbai’s Dharavi, where Rajinikanth is currently shooting. The makers are recreating Dharavi slum in Chennai with an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore, where the team plans to continue with the next schedule.

‘Kaala’ marks the Tamil debut of Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi. The film being written and directed by Pa Ranjith also stars National Award-winning actor-director Samuthirakani, who plays Rajinikanth’s chief henchman, besides Nana Patekar, Anjali Patil, Sakshi Aggarwal, Sayaji Shinde and Eashwari Rao.

Rajinikanth's son-in-law Dhanush is producing the movie under his banner Wunder Bar Films and it is slated for a release in 2018.