A junior artist was found dead at the shooting location of the Kannada remake of Tamil superhit movie V I P in North Bangalore on Monday evening. Padma alias Padmamma Muniyappa, 44, was among the 120 artistes taking part in the shooting of the film, VIP, directed by Nandakishore and starring Manoranjan, son of actor V Ravichandran, at the construction site in Avalahalli, near Yelahanka. After packing for the day after a dance sequence the 160-member unit found that the actress was found missing. A search was immediately launched and Padma’s body found on the ground floor of the building around 7.30 pm, they added.
“Padmamma Muniyappa was found dead in a lift shaft at the basement of the building, located near Avalahalli, Rajanukunte, off Doddaballapur Main Road. The shooting of VIP, a Kannada film directed by Nandakishore and starring Manoranjan, son of prominent Kannada star V Ravichandran, was underway at the site since Monday morning. The FIR named as suspects the director and four crew members, the owner of Prestige Group, which is building apartments at the construction site, and the contractor, and invoked IPC sections 143, 304 A and 149, besides the SCST Act 1989. The film director and other crew members named in the FIR are missing” police said.