When does the stunt association learn lessons even after a series of mishaps putting the stuntmen in deep trouble? This question is frequently asked. The producers out of sympathy come forward for help yet they are put in pitiable condition.
In the case of Jhonny who met with an accident at the ‘Rowdy Aliya’ shooting a month back at Nandi Hills, he received a serious fracture in his right leg and was immediately shifted to the hospital. In the hospital proper attention was possible because of Anand Audio Mohan, the producers of the film. Immediately the amount was released for Jhonny’s medical care.
At this point of time according to Jhonny he applied for loan of Rs.10000 in his Stunt Association and it was dodged for a month. Thanks to Thriller Manju and his friends careless attitude. When the loan was not received at the proper time Jhonny declined to vacate the hospital. He stayed for the whole month. The hospital bill mounted up to Rs.29000.
Had the stunt association cleared the loan application of Jhonny he would have come out immediately from the hospital and Anand Audio in the meantime could have saved nearly Rs.25000. But the humble nature and concern for the stuntmen made the producer to hand over Rs.30000 for Jhonny to clear the bills in the hospital. What a waste of time and money!
Johny case came to Stunt association. They decided apart clearing the hospital bill, the producer has to pay 20,000 to Johny!
Now look at the wastage of time and money all because of careless attitude of Stunt Association. No one came to have a look at the position of Jhonny in Bharathi Nursing Home. Attention was not paid for his loan application. Finally a fracture cost Anand Audio Rs.64, 000.
Make hay while the sun shine also reminds at this situation. Jhonny’s hell bent nature made him to stay in the hospital. He could have come to home a month back and avoided paying Rs.30000 to the hospital. He would have definitely got the compensation whether Stunt Association write a letter to the producer or not. Because that is the humble nature of Anand Audio.
Jhonny earns around Rs.5000 per month from his stunt activities. He gets Rs.25000 for three months. Break your leg and increase your bank balance is the policy here.
One thing no one can understand is, if something happens to a stunt person who will be responsible? Is it the Producer, Stunt Master, Director or the Producer?
Since they don’t have any type of insurance!