Samantha, Vijay Deverakonda injured after vehicle falls into deep water during shoot in Kashmir


Mumbai, May 24  South stars Samantha and Vijay Deverakonda were shooting for their upcoming project in Kashmir when their vehicle fell into deep water and they have reportedly sustained injuries due to the accident.

According to media reports, the two were immediately taken to a hospital and were helped with first-aid care.

According to a report, the stars while filming an action-packed scene got severely hurt, therefore the shooting had to be paused for a few hours.

The incident took place over the weekend. On Sunday, both Samantha and Vijay continued filming, this time at Dal Lake in Srinagar but both complained of backaches during the shoot.

A few days back, the two dropped a music video teaser of ‘Kushi’ title track.

Monkeypox scare: TN district collectors on alert across the state


Chennai, May 24 After monkeypox disease was reported in non-endemic countries like Germany, the US, the UK, France, and Australia, the Tamil Nadu government has put all the district collectors and the district medical officers on a high alert.

Tamil Nadu health secretary J. Radhakrishnan has sent a circular to all the district collectors to be on alert against the disease and to join with the district medical officers to conduct proper checks on those who have traveled to the countries where monkeypox disease was detected.

The state health secretary in his circular also directed the collectors and district medical officers to be on alert for unexplained rashes in the bodies of people, including children.

The state health secretary also directed the medical officers to report all suspected cases at the healthcare centers. All the patients should be reported to the district surveillance officer of the Integrated District Surveillance officer.

The health department directed the district medical officers to send the laboratory samples consisting of blood, sputum, and fluid from vesicles to the National Institute of Virology.

It is to be noted that viral zoonotic disease occurs primarily in tropical rainforest areas of central and west Africa and is transmitted fast once it contracts humans. It can be transmitted from animal to human and from humans to human.

Ajith’s ‘Valimai’ is set for world TV premiere on May 28


Mumbai, May 24 Producer Boney Kapoor, and actress Huma Qureshi share their experience of working on the Tamil action thriller ‘Valimai’. The movie will have its world television premiere on May 28.

Speaking about ‘Valimai,’ producer of the film, Boney says: “Cinema in India has a sole purpose to entertain the families around and present a good time. With ‘Valimai’ I wanted to create something that entertains and at the same time thrills the audience.”

While talking about the storyline of the movie, he shares: “The police-thief genre is always something that audiences have enjoyed in the past. ‘Valimai’ brings that genre back but with layers of robust action and a message.”

“The high-tension bike chase in the film adds a layer of excitement to the chase sequences and I think that will seek out the inherent action buffs and add new fans to the base. Ajith Kumar is a celebrated name in the industry and known to perform his own stunts throughout his career and I was sure he could get the job done.”

Directed by H. Vinoth, ‘Valimai features Ajith Kumar along with Huma Qureshi, Kartikeya Gummakonda, and Bani J in pivotal roles.

About her experience, Huma shares that action sequences are often loved by the audience: “Action as a genre is rapidly growing in audiences. And now, with top-class action entertainers like ‘Valimai’, there are a million more reasons why the genre has become even more exciting.”

“Films like ‘Valimai’ push the envelope with a hatke storyline accommodating cutting-edge action sequences and along with the hero, even strong female characters taking on the enemies.”

On sharing her experience of preparing for her role: “Learning to ride a bike to don the ‘never get bogged down’ attitude, this film made me feel empowered and fierce; I would like everyone to feel that way when they watch this film,” she adds.

‘Valimai’ will have its world television premiere on May 28 at Zee Cinema at 8 p.m.

Breakthrough Covid more likely in cancer, Alzheimer’s patients


New York, May 24 Breakthrough Covid-19 cases resulting in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are significantly more likely in cancer and Alzheimer’s patients, according to two new studies.

“breakthrough infection” is when a fully vaccinated person contracts Covid. Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine said that people with cancer and Alzheimer’s are often more susceptible to infection in general, and are also among the population’s most vulnerable to severe health outcomes from Covid infections as well.

The first study, published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology, analyzed electronic health records of more than 636,000 vaccinated patients, including more than 45,000 vaccinated people with cancer.

The team found the overall risk of breakthrough Covid infections in vaccinated people with cancer was 13.6 percent, compared to 4.9 percent for vaccinated people without cancer.

The highest risk of breakthrough infections was in people with pancreatic cancer at 24.7 percent, followed by liver cancer (22.8 percent), lung cancer (20.4 percent), and colorectal cancer (17.5 percent).

Cancers with a lower risk of breakthrough infections included thyroid (10.3 percent), endometrial (11.9 percent), and breast (11.9 percent).

The overall risk for hospitalization following a breakthrough infection, in participants with cancer, was 31.6 percent, while the risk of death was 6.7 percent following a breakthrough infection.

“This study showed significantly increased risks for Covid-19 breakthrough infection in vaccinated patients with cancer, especially those undergoing active cancer care, with marked variations among specific cancer types,” said Rong Xu, Professor of biomedical informatics at the varsity’s School of Medicine.

In the second study, published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the team examined anonymous electronic health data from more than 262,847 adults 65 or older vaccinated between December 2020 and August 2021, and who didn’t have the infection before being vaccinated.

Vaccinated patients with dementia showed an overall risk for breakthrough infections ranging from 10.3 percent for Alzheimer’s disease to 14.3 percent for Lewy body dementia, significantly higher than the 5.6 percent in the vaccinated older adults without dementia.

“Continued vigilance is needed, even after vaccination, to protect this vulnerable population. Caregivers should consider ongoing masking and social distancing, as well as booster vaccines to protect these individuals,” said Pamela Davis, Professor at the School of Medicine.


Tiger Shroff wraps up Ladakh schedule of ‘Ganapath’


Mumbai, May 24 Action star Tiger Shroff has wrapped up the Ladakh schedule of his upcoming film ‘Ganapath’ where he will be seen opposite Kriti Sanon.

The action-thriller is being helmed by Vikas Bahl of ‘Queen’ fame.

Taking to his social media, the actor shared a picture from the sets of the film in Leh, Ladakh. He wrote in the caption, “Just wrapped the most challenging sched of my life… can’t wait for you guys to see what’s coming #ganapath (sic).”

Tiger has shot for a challenging set of actions in the Ladakh schedule which requires a certain kind of physicality and training.

Post this schedule wrap, he will start preparing for ‘Rambo’ and then he will get into ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’, the latter two-hero film will bring Akshay Kumar and Tiger together for the first time on screen.

Snapchat slows down hiring, to only hire 500 more people this year


San Francisco, May 24 Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, is slowing down on hiring this year, as tech companies’ stocks go through rough weather amid a challenging macro-economic environment globally.

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel told employees that the company plans to hire 500 people this year, versus the 2,000 it hired over the past 12 months, after warning investors that its revenue wouldn’t grow as fast as expected, reports The Verge.

“We expect to hire more than 500 new team members between now and the end of the year, representing nearly 10 percent company-wide headcount growth over the next seven months,” Spiegel was quoted as saying.

“This is in addition to over 900 offers already accepted this year, up 41 percent year-over-year, and the roughly 2,000 people added to our team in the trailing 12 months,” he added.

Like many companies, Snap continues to face rising inflation and interest rates, supply chain shortages and labor disruptions, platform policy changes, the impact of the war in Ukraine, and more.

“As a result, while our revenue continues to grow year-over-year, it is growing more slowly than we expected at this time,” said the Snap CEO.

“We will slow our pace of hiring for unopened roles for the remainder of the year, as well as push some planned hiring into next year.”

The company will also evaluate the remainder of its 2022 budget and leaders have been asked to review spending to find additional cost savings.

The Big Tech companies have seen big selloffs in the past couple of weeks after the Federal Reserve interest hike and Covid lockdowns in China.

The India-US strategic partnership is a ‘Partnership of Trust’: Modi


New Delhi, May 24 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the strategic partnership between India and the US is a “true partnership of trust”.

“Our shared values, and our common interests in many areas, including security, have strengthened the bonds of this trust,” he said in his opening remarks during a bilateral meeting between the two nations on the sidelines of the Quad Summit in Tokyo.

The Prime Minister further said that “our people-to-people relations and close economic relations also make our partnership unique”.

He said that there has been a sustained development in the field of trade and investment, though, it was still less than our real potential.

“Mr. President, it is always a pleasure meeting you, We participated in a positive and useful Quad Summit together today.I am confident that with the launch of the India-USA Investment Incentive Agreement, we can see concrete progress in days to come,” Modi told US President Joe Biden.

The Prime Minister further said that “we are extending our bilateral cooperation in the field of technology and we are also consolidating our coordination on global issues”.

“We share similar views on the Indo-Pacific, at the bilateral level as well as with like-minded countries to work to protect our common concerns. Our discussions today will give speed to this positive momentum.”

He also said that the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) on Monday was a live example of this and that “our discussion today will give more impetus to this positive momentum”.

“I am confident that the friendship of India and the US will continue to be a force for good for global peace and stability, for the sustainability of the planet, and for the well-being of mankind,” Modi added.

Yogi govt raises Rs 400 cr through ‘Mine Mitra’ portal


Lucknow, May 24 The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has raised revenue of Rs 400 crore from mining business through its portal, ‘Mine Mitra’.

The amount was raised from the issuance of transit passes through Mineral Management Services provided by the portal, said an official spokesman.

“A total of 2,16,74,654 transit passes have been provided under EMM-11, 9,22,931 under E-Farm C, and 38,87,026 under ISTP of the Mineral Management Services since 2017. Besides, online payment has been made to 506 lessees and 2154 brick kilns since July 2020,” he said.

Mine Mitra was developed by the state government to bring transparency into the mining business and check illegal activities as well as to provide accountable e-services to common people, farmers, lessees, and transporters.

The portal also aims to end monopolies in the mining industry, encourage legal mining and provide a level playing field for new entrepreneurs in order to bring transparency into the business and increase the state’s revenue from mining.

It has been developed in consultation with the Directorate of Geology & Mining and is currently providing several services such as online mineral management for lessee, stockists,s and transporters, services for citizens and farmers, Integrated Mining Surveillance System, and an e-commerce platform Mineral Mart for consumers and suppliers.

Under the services for common people and farmers, the state government has disposed of 1,155 applications for stock licenses as well as issued 1,279 permits for agricultural land having mineral deposits, 435 for minerals in private land, 9,697 permits for mining on common soil, and 1,031 for buildings where minerals are discovered during construction since July 2020.

Under the Integrated Mining Surveillance System service of the portal, the Yogi government has done geo-fencing of 466 areas, installed PTZ cameras and weighbridge in mines in 330 areas, put RFID-based mining tags on over 80,000 heavy vehicles, and set up automated check gates of which 16 are currently operational while work is underway on seven others.

Automated mining check gates are currently operational in Fatehpur, Etawah, Baghpat, Jalaun, Mahoba, Banda, Saharanpur, Sonbhadra, and Jhansi districts.

The system aims to check overloading and other illegal mining practices through regular monitoring of vehicles.


I will definitely be around the IPL next year, confirms AB de Villiers


Mumbai, May 24 Former South African great and Royal Challengers Bangalore Hall of Famer AB de Villiers has confirmed that he will be back with the franchise for next year’s Indian Premier League edition.

De Villiers, who quit all forms of cricket a few months back and did not participate in IPL 2022 in which RCB will play their Eliminator match on Wednesday, said he was not yet sure in what capacity he will return.

“I will definitely be around the IPL next year. I would love to return to my second hometown,” de Villiers told VUSport.

“I will be around RCB next year, I am missing it, don’t know in which capacity but I would like to visit my second home which is Chinnaswamy stadium — I am looking forward to it,” said de Villiers, who was included in RCB Hall of Fame a few days back along with West Indies’ Chris Gayle.

De Villiers, considered by many as one of the greatest white-ball cricketers with 9,577 runs in 228 One-day International matches, is the first South African batter to score a double century in Tests when he blasted 217 against India in April 2008.

One of the most destructive batters in ODIs, de Villiers in January 2018 scored both the fastest fifty and the fastest century by a batsman, off 16 balls and 31 balls respectively.

He joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the inaugural year in 2008 and is sixth on the list of players with the most runs scored in IPL with 5,162 runs from 170 innings at an average of 38.70 and a strike rate of 151.68.


Pregnant woman’s body exhumed, sent for autopsy in UP’s Saharanpur


Saharanpur (UP), May 24 Body of an eight-month pregnant woman was exhumed in Saharanpur and her husband was arrested on charges of killing her.

According to police reports, the victim was found dead nine days ago at a mosque under mysterious circumstances.

The accused, identified as Usman Hussain, the Imam of a mosque in the Qutubsher region, told the police that he came to know that his wife was carrying a female fetus using his tantric rituals.

He said he had tried to convince his wife to undergo an abortion, but she refused after which he hatched a conspiracy to kill her.

The victim’s mother became suspicious and filed a complaint at the Saharanpur police station in the Qutubsher region against the accused on May 20.

The complainant had approached SSP Akash Tomar and district magistrate Akhilesh Singh and alleged that Usman and his associates had killed her daughter using tantric rituals and demanded that her body be exhumed for a detailed post-mortem report.

Following the complaint, the police launched an investigation and exhumed the body, and sent it for a post-mortem examination.

The accused confessed to performing tantric rituals and on May 12, he took his wife to the balcony and pushed her down while performing some ‘tantric rituals’. After killing her, Hussain buried the body in a graveyard.

Saharanpur SP, Rajesh Kumar, said: “We arrested the accused from a hospital-based on his mother-in-law’s complaint.

Shweta Tripathi Sharma connects with her character in ‘Escaype Live’


Mumbai, May 24 Actress Shweta Tripathi Sharma is known for projects like ‘The Gone Game’ and ‘Mirzapur’, says she connects well with her character in Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s ‘Escaype Live’.

Shweta shares how she connects with her on-screen role: “Sunaina is someone who gives unconditional support without an agenda and it is very close to who I am in real life so that made me very happy.”

Talking about her experience of working with the writer-producer-director, she reveals that it was “very enriching, fulfilling, and satisfying”.

She adds: “For me, it’s not only my work that is important but also the kind of people I work with. When you’re rehearsing, practicing, or doing workshops, you’re spending around six to 12 hours, or even more with those people, so they have an impact on you.”

“There is a lot that I’ve learned while shooting for this series. Siddharth is one person who motivates me and inspires me to be the best version of myself, and I’m very grateful to him for that.”

‘Escaype Live’ focuses on the social media madness and the actress shares that she did not think twice before agreeing to do it.

“When ‘Escaype Live’ came to me, I felt it was one of the best scripts I have read to date in terms of concept, storytelling, and character graphs. It’s a full package, especially given how Siddharth has shot it. There is every emotion in this series – loss, anger, pain, hope, happy dances and there is also lovely music! I can’t wait for the music to come out because I want to make reels to it,” she says.

She further says that shooting for the series was incredible as it got her in touch with who she is as a person and as an actor.

“When you’re playing so many characters it can get confusing. Mentally and psychologically speaking, it is very exhausting. So it’s very important to remember who you are because I should not lose touch with who Shweta is. And Sunaina is very close to who I am and who I would like to be.”

“I have a playlist for all my characters as it takes me to their world and I have realized that whenever I put on Sunaina’s playlist it always puts me in a great mood,” Shweta concludes.


Pooja resumes ‘Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali’ shoot post-Cannes debut


Mumbai, May 24 Actress Pooja Hedge has resumed shooting for the Salman Khan-starrer ‘Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali’ as she has come back from her trip from the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

Pooja was in the middle of the film’s first schedule when she was invited to represent India at the annual festival.

With a commendable fan base across cinema of various languages, Pooja has sparked chemistry with the top stars of the industry right from NTR Jr, Mahesh Babu, Allu Arjun, Prabhas, Thalapathy Vijay, and Ram Charan.

Details about her role and the film are still under wraps.

‘Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali’ is currently eyeing a year-end release.

Pooja will also be seen in ‘Cirkus’ opposite Ranveer Singh and ‘SSMB28’ opposite Mahesh Babu.

Not many emotions when MSD praised my bowling, says GT spinner Sai Kishore


Kolkata, May 24 Gujarat Titans’ left-arm spinner Sai Kishore has said he had “not many emotions” when his former skipper at Chennai Super Kings, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, praised his bowling, adding that he has the experience of “40-45 domestic games” to get surprised when somebody praises him.

The 25-year-old Sai Kishore was with Chennai Super Kings as a nets bowler for two years before he was bought by Gujarat Titans for Rs three crore at the mega auction this year. The spinner has made an impact with his slow balls for the new franchise, picking up three wickets in the three games he has played this season, with a best of 2/7 and a superb economy of 5.80 in the 10 overs he has bowled.

Asked what were the emotions when MSD praised his bowling after spending two years with CSK, Kishore said, “Not many emotions, honestly. I didn’t surprise myself with the way I bowled, or the way I’ve been doing… it’s just that I didn’t get to play (for CSK), but I never had doubts as to whether I could play or not.

“It just so happened I couldn’t play — because Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) was there in the team and all those things. I was doing well in domestic. So I honestly didn’t feel much. What I felt was, ‘I could have done this better, I could have done that better. I could have finished that over well.’ I never felt that I did something so great; I never went into that space. Honestly, maybe I was playing just my second game, but I felt so experienced because I’ve already played 40-45 domestic games before playing the IPL. So I was pretty ready,” said Kishore.

Kishore also said that for him playing in the IPL, in front of big crowds and against quality opposition, wasn’t something new as he had played in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) T20 tournament.

“The TNPL, we have already played in front of crowds, in front of a fully-packed Chepauk. We’ve already played a lot of live games, so maybe it wasn’t that magnified. But definitely feels good. IPL is a place that is just one step below international cricket. It’s a direct relation to how international cricket is going to be. In that way, it felt good, that okay, this is what this level is all about. Handling the pressure, reading the game well. Felt good, but definitely not on top of the moon,” he added.

Kishore said there was no extra motivation to do well against his former team, where he did not get a single IPL match.

“I knew their games in and out because I’ve been bowling to them for a long time. More than just showing them or getting the bragging rights, I just wanted to be there. I’ve always felt that the more rage you carry into a game, then more you can’t think clearly. You won’t just see the situation, you’ll be too attacking or too defensive.”

Phase out of coal plants can avoid over 14.5mn premature deaths: Study


New Delhi, May 24 An early phase-out of coal plants around the world could help avoid over 14.5 million premature deaths from air pollution over the next three decades, a new analysis published on Tuesday said, delivering an economic benefit of $16.3 trillion.

This equates to saving around 425 million years of life or gaining an additional 20 days for each of today’s 7.9 billion global population.

The assessment, set out in a blog post and accompanying interactive web tool by researchers in Germany at NewClimate Institute, shows the enormous scale of public health benefits of urgently phasing out operating and planned coal plants in 24 countries, covering over 90 percent of the global fleet.

The researchers show that existing coal plants around the world are contributing to more than 900 thousand premature deaths per year. One of the study’s authors, Harry Fearnehough, stresses the critical importance of the synergies between taking action to combat climate change and driving major improvements in health around the world.

“We’re all aware how damaging coal-fired generation is for the climate and that as a global community we need to rapidly wean ourselves off this dependence on coal to meet our energy needs. The tool we’re publishing today offers in numbers a global overview of the health benefits we can realize by delivering an urgent energy transition, showcasing impacts from the national level, right down to the detail of individual coal units.”

The study and online tool show how global adverse health impacts from coal-fired electricity generation are dominated by China.

China accounts for over half of the global coal fleet today. Operating coal plants in China alone are causing over 720,000 premature deaths per year and the researchers estimate that the operation of existing and planned coal plants in China could cause in the order of 21 million premature deaths over the coming three decades without measures to curtail their construction and use.

Other major coal powerhouses in Asia would also be responsible for significant premature loss of life if they continue to build and operate coal plants over the coming decades.

India has the world’s second-largest coal fleet and a high population density, which typically means a more sizeable population is exposed to the local air pollutants from the plants.

Reena Skribbe, a co-author of the study, noted that it is not just India and China that need to take action to reduce their coal generation.

“Whilst China and India are clearly the biggest players, our research shows that there is still significant potential to prevent premature deaths in all of the 24 countries we have analyzed and feature in the AIRPOLIM webtool. As a starting point, around 3.2 million premature deaths could be avoided across all the countries we cover, simply by stopping building any new coal plants today.”

The researchers invite others, including policymakers, as well as investors and civil society organizations to use the AIRPOLIM tool as a starting point to inform their decisions and ensure the critical health aco-benefit’ to decarbonizing power sectors is used to mobilize action.


Two iPhone 14 models likely to get a ‘high-end’ front camera


San Francisco, May 24 Apple’s upcoming smartphones iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro could feature a high-end selfie camera with built-in autofocus that will be assembled in South Korea.

Apple has reportedly cut a Chinese supply chain partner and has chosen South Korean company LG Innotek for the new front-facing camera, citing ET News, AppleInsider reported.

The new camera setup is set to cost as much as three times more than previous iPhone front-facing cameras.

According to ET News, the change is a result of Apple classifying the front-facing camera as a “high-end” component instead of a “low-end” one, as well as quality concerns about Chinese suppliers.

Originally, Apple had planned to use LG Innotek as the supplier on the iPhone 15 model in 2023. However, the company has reportedly moved those plans up to 2022.

The new report corroborates rumors from other media outlets and analysts, including Ming-Chi Kuo. Back in April, Kuo said that the iPhone 14 could get an upgraded front camera with autofocus for enhanced FaceTime calls and selfies.

Along with autofocus, Kuo added that the cameras could sport a wider aperture and could provide the iPhone models with better Portrait mode capabilities.

India reports 1,675 new Covid cases, 31 deaths


New Delhi, May 24 India on Tuesday reported 1,675 fresh Covid cases, a decline from the 2,022 infections registered the previous day, the Union Health Ministry said.

In the same period, the country also reported 31 Covid fatalities, taking the overall death toll to 5,24,490.

The active caseload stands at 14,841 cases, accounting for 0.03 percent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 1,635 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,26,00,737. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.75 percent.

While the daily positivity rate has slightly declined to 0.41 percent, the weekly positivity rate stood at 0.49 percent.

Also in the same period, a total of 4,07,626 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall to 84.74 crores.

As of Tuesday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 192.52 crores, achieved via 2,42,67,393 sessions.

Over 3.30 crore adolescents have been administered a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of the vaccination drive for this age bracket.

Will Smith ‘unlocked’ childhood pain to make him a better actor


Los Angeles, May 24 Hollywood star Will Smith has revealed he “unlocked” his childhood trauma when he was writing his autobiography and it’s helped him become a better actor.

The ‘Independence Day’ star put pen to paper to tell his life story in his book ‘Will’ which detailed his difficult early years growing up in Philadelphia and witnessing domestic violence at home when his father beat his mother,

In a new interview on David Letterman’s Netflix series ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’, Will said his traumatic childhood prompted him to put on a cheery public persona.

He explained: “When I showed up, I wanted people to feel good and be happy. Because I found that when my household was that way, I felt safe.”

The ‘Men in Black’ star went on to reveal he felt that combing over his past helped him improve as an actor.

He added: “My experiences and my life, and the writing of this book have unlocked a part of me, as an actor, that is like nothing I’ve ever experienced.

“Life is so exciting to me right now because I can reach people differently than I’ve ever been able to reach people, largely because of my pain. I’m really ready to dive into my art in a way that I think will be, hopefully, fulfilling for me and helpful for the human family.”

The interview was recorded prior to the 2022 Academy Awards in February when Smith stormed onstage and slapped host Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

Will went on to win the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in ‘King Richard’, but later resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences and was handed a 10-year ban.


RGV booked for cheating in Hyderabad


Hyderabad, May 24 Police in Hyderabad booked filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma for allegedly cheating a production house to the tune of Rs 56 lakh.

On a complaint lodged by Koppada Sekhar Raju of Sekhara Art Creations, a case was booked at Miyapur Police Station under Cyberabad Police Commissionerate.

The complainant alleged that Varma borrowed money from him for producing a movie ‘Disha’ with a promise to return it before the release of the said movie but did not repay it.

The movie was based on the 2019 gang rape and murder of a veterinary doctor near Hyderabad carried out by four persons, who were later killed by police in an alleged encounter.

Raju told police that got acquainted with Varma through a common friend Ramana Reddy a few years ago.

The complainant stated that he gave Rs 8 lakh in January 2020 and another Rs 20 lakh a few days later.

RGV, as the filmmaker is popularly known, promised to repay the amount in six months. Raju said RGV approached him in February 2020 and borrowed another Rs 28 lakh citing financial problems.

The complainant told police that RGV promised to repay the total amount on or before the release of the movie but in January 2021 he later learned that the filmmaker was not the producer of the movie.

He alleged that the filmmaker cheated him.

A case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 417 (punishment for cheating), 420 (cheating, and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) was registered against RGV.