In November 2016, a tragedy struck the Kannada film industry when the two stuntmen died while shooting for an action sequence of Duniya Vijay starrer Maasthugudi. The accident happened when the stuntmen had to jump off a helicopter into a reservoir in Tippagondanahalli. Apparently, Anil and Uday, the stuntmen, were not wearing life jackets and did not know how to swim resulting in them drowning in the water body.
The police registered a case against the director, producer and the hero of Maasthigudi for their negligence. However, the hero of the film gets a relief as the police didn’t name him in the list of accused persons.
Ramanagara district police submitted a charge sheet to the court and charged six persons in the case. Producer Sundar Gowda, director Nagashekhar, stunt director Ravi Varma, assistant director Siddarth and chopper pilot Prakash Biradar were named as accused in the charge sheet. Duniya Vijay was listed as a witness to the accident since he did not have any involvement in the production of the film.
The charge sheet read – “Shooting for the climax involved many life risks and despite knowing the risks the actors were exposed to, the director, producer, stunt director and other accused acted in a negligent manner and became the reason for the tragedy. The victims had no life jackets, nor were there any lifeguards, boats or other safety gear around. No precautionary measure was taken.”
This comes as a sigh of relief for Duniya Vijay after he was banned by the Kannada film council following the accident. Duniya Vijay has been offered a role in a Telugu film titled Jai Lava Kusa which features Jr NTR.