roughly along these lines: a junior artist
when applying for a visa to go abroad would
also apply for another person claiming that
he or she was a make-up artist. Later it
would be discovered
that the accompanying person was not from
the film industry but had bribed a cine
artist with money in order to illegally
When several media stations asked Sarathkumar
to comment, he said it was a shame that
a small part of the industry had been involved
in something like this. So far the Consulate
had not raised the issue with him, he said.
The Cine Association, he added, would be
willingly to even disbar these artists.
While neither the Consulate nor the police
released any names, the police told the
media that several key people from the film
industry could be linked to the scam.