Had the crew of 'Masti Gudi' followed rules 2 actors wouldn't have lost their lives drowing in T G Halli reservoir of Bengaluru on Monday. OneIndia accessed permission letter issued to the crew for the shoot by BWSSB that clearly states no permission was given for aerial shooting. Permission to shoot was issued to the crew only for November 7 and prohibited shooting in restricted areas and did not extend to aerial shoots.
Kannada film actors have expressed shock and grief over the unfortunate incident with some of them even accusing the film's crew of negligence. Prominent actor and politician Jaggesh took to twitter to slam the movie's stunt director Ravivarma and said, " They were poor and had come to earn a living. You sacrificed them for your stunts. My poor ones have lost their lives".
Actress Meghana Raj tweeted, "Entertainment not at de (sic) cost of ones life.. shocked and saddened to ve heard de heartwrenching news of actors Anil and Uday. RIP"
Questions are now being raised on the kind of safety measures and precautions that the crew had taken while shooting an extremly risky action sequence. Sources from the crew tell OneIndia that there were no rehearsals or practice for the said sequence and the actors were visibly tired from shooting all day. The mishap took place at around 3 PM on Monday. Even as the actors drowned there were only coracles at the crew's disposal to attempt to rescue them.
Addressing the media even as search operations for the actors' bodies were underway, Ramanagara SP Chandragupta said that a case will be registered against the film's crew in this regard.