Remember Bhanupriya, who had paired up opposite almost all the leading heroes in the nineties except superstar Rajinikanth? The dusky actress, who had chiseled features and a great figure to go along with it, starred opposite Rajini in the super-hit Thalapathy not as his romantic lead but in a small role. Now past her prime, she has started playing mother’s role in films.
The locals in and around Pollachi say that the police and the RTO officials are acting in connivance with tourist operators in Pollachi and Anaimalai. The tour operators rent out the cars and vehicles at abnormally high rates and in particular, the rent they quote for artistes and film crew are beyond acceptable limits.
Those in the know use their own cars or cars of the locals. The film industry folks strike up friendship with the locals and use up their cars on daily rental basis instead of approaching the tour operators. The operators, who were at rage after seeing this, submitted a petition to RTO officials saying that renting individuals’ car on daily rental basis was affecting their ‘livelihood’.
Acting on the complaint, the RTO officials checked the cars entering Pollachi. At a random check, actress Bhanupriya, who had been to Pollachi to honour one of her shooting commitments, was found in one of the cars. The RTO officials seized the car after knowing that it wasn’t a tour operator’s vehicle and that a private vehicle belonging to a local individual. They then sent the actress back to her hotel room in a rental car.
Commenting on the incident, a shocked Bhanupriya says, “This is highly condemnable; don’t we have the right to use vehicles of our choice in this country? Which rule says that we have to make use of only the tour operators’ vehicles? It appears that even if people come to these places in their own cars, they would have to park them at a parking lot and then take a car on rent; this is highly ridiculous!”