Masthigudi Tragedy: Bodies of Both ‘Villains’ Found


Bengaluru: On November 7, tragedy struck, when three actors jumped into a lake from a helicopter without training or safety measures on the sets of Kannada film Masthigudi. While one actor, Duniya Vijay survived, the other two Uday and Anli drowed into the lake.

Soon enough, rescue teams were deployed to find the bodies of the two actors. For hours, they could not be found under water. However, according to reports, Uday’s body was found by the search party on November 9.

Well, now, even the second body has been found. Anil’s body was found at Thippagondanahalli this morning. The body will be sent for post-mortem and the final rites will be performed by the family.

The scene which ended up in such a tragedy was supposedly the climax scene of Masthigudi. Actors Duniya Vijay, Raghav Uday and Anil jumped into the Thippagondanahalli Reservoir, 35km west of Bengaluru, from a helicopter. But the lapses on the part of the film crew as well as the actors led to their death.

Interestingly, Uday and Anil did not know swimming. “I will go for this shot with all faith in God,” Vijay told reporters before Monday’s stunt scene.

Response from what appeared to be a rescue boat on a standby appeared too late to pull out two of the actors, Raghav Uday and Anil, who struggled in the waters below.

Police have lodged a criminal case against Masthigudi makers. The Superintendent of Police of Ramanagara, Karnataka, reportedly said that a suo moto case is being filed against the film team.

Masthigudi, which is supposedly based on the life of actor Duniya Vijay, saw the actor joining hands with Nagashekar. The script of the film is said to be inspired from Duniya Vijay’s attitude towards life.