Case filed against film director Raj Sridhar

A criminal case was registered against Raj Sridhar, director of Telugu film ‘Madhumati’, after the film heroine, Udaya Bhanu, alleged that the film promo and posters contained her morphed pictures.

The Hyderabad Central Crime Station sleuths, who invoked sections 419 (impersonation) and 420 (cheating) of Indian Penal Code against the film director Raj Sridhar, on Friday said that they would send some parts of the film to forensic experts to ascertain if any morphed images were included in it.

Controversy surrounded the film when Ms. Bhanu charged that the film supposed to be released on Friday contained some obscene content with her morphed images.

“Initially when I found some posters of the movie containing my morphed photos, I took up the matter with Raj Sridhar and got them removed,” she said over phone. She claimed that later she went to the Movie Artistes’ Association (MAA) apprehending that the film too contained her morphed images showing her in a poor light. Alleging that the film director rejected her request to pre-view the movie, Ms. Bhanu said that she met Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma, who directed the CCS authorities to investigate into her complaint.

After registering a case, CCS DCP Pala Raju, Inspector Uma Maheshwar Rao and Ms. Bhanu watched the movie at the Shabdalaya pre-view theatre. The investigators on Friday said they had sought opinion of the forensic experts to analyse some scenes of the film about which the actress had raised objections.

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