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Telugu talent in prostitution arrests
By Patrick Frater
Tue, 24 August 2010, 12:56 PM (HKT)
A film producer and a costume designer were among six people arrested on Sunday by Hyderabad police in connection with a prostitution racket. Police also produced two actresses at a court hearing on Monday.
The arrests were made at the Spring Heaven apartment complex in an upmarket part of the city, where police discovered call logs linking the accused with names of politicians.
Police say that producer Juvvalu Raju and local businessman Kundanbagh Janardhan were the ringleaders.
The role of the two actresses Saira Banu and L. Jyothi is unclear. According to one report they were "rescued", while according to another they were "trapped". Several newspapers reported Banu as operating the prostitution service.
Banu, a former TV anchor, has been a lead actress in several Telugu films including Bommarillu, Aarojay, 100 Crores and Tic, Tic, Tic. Jyothi, a supporting actress, has appeared in Pellam Urelithe and Andaru Dongale.
The producer Raju has been responsible for titles including Kannada film L Board that was later remade in Telugu. They also arrested an Uzbek woman Sabrina Shodmanova, who may be treated as a witness in the prostitution case, but may face immigration charges.
Last year another Telugu actress Seema was arrested on prostitution charges in the Tarnaka area of Hyderabad.