Two actors are believed to have drowned while shooting a dramatic chase sequence for which they jumped from a helicopter into a dam around 35 km from Bengaluru, India. Anil and Uday, who were shooting for the climax of the film Masthigudi, never surfaced after plunging into the waters from a height of around 30 feet.
Divers and rescuers have been searching their bodies for hours. The lead actor of the film, Duniya Vijay, also jumped with them but he had access to a life jacket.
Officials fear the actors may have got stuck in silt in the backwaters, which is usually off limits, especially for film shoots. One of them had tragically confessed before the stunt that he was nervous, but knew there were safety arrangements.
The police say the two were not wearing any harness or life jackets, and some on the sets believe they couldn’t swim all that well. The filmmakers and crew may be charged with negligence.