Two Indian actors feared drowned as helicopter stunt goes wrong

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Two Indian actors are feared drowned after jumping from a helicopter into a reservoir in a stunt being filmed for a Bollywood movie.

The men, named by local news reports as Uday and Anil, were making a movie called Maasti Gudi and performed the stunt alongside the film’s star, Duniya Vijay.

On Monday afternoon the three men jumped from a height of about 10m into the Thippagondanahalli Reservoir, located about 22 miles (35km) west of Bangalore in the southern state of Karnataka.

The Times of India reported that Vijay had a life jacket and was able to swim to shore, but Uday and Anil did not have life jackets and were thought to have drowned.

According to the Hindu newspaper, although the film crew had permission to shoot on the banks of the reservoir, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) said the crew had violated the agreement by entering the water.

“There was no safety at all. The engine of the boat they had brought there did not even switch on,” a BWSSB official was quoted as saying.

Shortly before the incident, Uday and Anil had reportedly expressed fears about the stunt and their lack of confidence in the water.

“I only know a little swimming,” Anil told PublicTV, as reported by local digital news site the News Minute. “I have only swum in a well where you reach the edge after two or three strokes. That’s all the swimming I know. I’ve never had practice swimming 30ft or 60ft lengths.”

Uday, who was reportedly afraid of heights, told the station “there was no specific preparation for this scene … the three of us will just jump. That’s all I know. The rest is up to God.”

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