Masti Gudi actors said they were not good swimmers minutes before mishap
Bengaluru, Nov 8: Just minutes before two Kannada actors drowned in a lake, located in the outskirts of Bengaluru, during the shoot of a film on Monday, both of them told TV channels that they were not good swimmers.
One of them also said he was "scared" to perform the stunt.
The horrific incident which was caught on camera showed stunt actors Anil and Uday jumping off a helicopter into the Tippagondanahalli lake from a height of about 50 feet.
The stunt sequence was a part of the climax of the Kannada movie--Masti Gudi.
Popular Kannada actor Duniya Vijay was also part of the film sequence and he too jumped after them.
However, he was fortunate enough to be rescued by a fisherman, as he struggled to swim towards the shore.
According to eyewitnesses, both Anil and Uday were seen splashing in the water trying to swim, before they went missing.
"I know a little bit of swimming, but first time I'm jumping from a height. So that makes me a bit nervous. I have only swam in wells, where you can reach the edge with two or three strokes of your hand. But never swam 20 ft or 30 ft length," Anil told the TV reporter.
"Same with me. I am not a good swimmer either. I have just come here to do the stunt. Stunt masters, Vijay and Anil are with me. We three will jump off the chopper together. Rest is up to God," Uday said.
While speaking to another TV channel, Uday had said he was "scared" of the stunt.
"I'm very scared first of all. I have not done (such stunt) so far, nor have I seen anyone performing such stunt so far, so I'm scared. Whatever safety is done there is always a fear within oneself, despite that the situation is that I have to perform it...."
Police officials investigating the incident said lack of precautionary measures and faulty rescue boats were the main reasons for the mishap.
"The rescue operations are still going on. We will be booking case against those responsible and also inquire into all aspects--whether all adequate measures and permissions were taken or not," Ramanagara Superintendent of Police Dr Chandragupta told on Monday.