By SM.20 Jul, 2017
MUMBAI: No matter how many times you flash the disclaimer "The stunts are performed by trained professionals, do not try this at home," during the movies, it is rarely taken seriously. And such carelessness often can have serious consequences.
One such case is of Bhiwandi-based businessman Indrapal Patil (27). Patil who was visiting a waterfall at Mahuli Fort in Shahapur last week died after he attempted Shivudu jump from the cascading waterfall from "Baahubali: The Beginning", where Prabhas makes a leap across the waterfall defying all laws of physics.
Police said Patil died after he tried the Baahubali jump from a higher level of the waterfall. According to his brother, Mahendra, Indrapal had gone to Mahuli fort with his friends. "We were informed by the police that he fell from a height and died. It was shocking for all of us, even more so for his wife," recalled Mahendra, speaking from his residence in Amne village, near Bhiwandi.
According to Shahapur police, incidents such as these have become too frequent, especially during monsoon. "Eyewitnesses informed that the deceased jumped - rather than fell - from a height, tried to land on his feet, missed and went underwater. His friends got him out," said PI BH Pawar of Shahapur police station. "It appears that these leaps are inspired by the jump in the movie Baahubali," he added.
They have also reported an increase in such accidents.
"Every year during monsoon, we have our hands full with these incidents. Last month, a man died of a heart attack while he was trying to climb up to the waterfall"s source. The police are looking to make this waterfall, a no-entry zone," stated a police official.
The Patils, however, claim that this was no foolhardy stunt. "My brother was pushed. It must have either been a planned attack, or someone might have accidentally or playfully pushed him," Mahendra alleged.