In a reel like but real life drama, an attempt to kidnap Tamil film actress Namitha was foiled in Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu. She was recently chaffeured to a hotel in Trichy by a die-hard fan who pretended to be her driver for the day.
Namitha reached Tiruchy Monday by plane to take part in a function at Karur, around 330 km from here. She was to travel to Karur by car. At the Trichy airport, a man identified as Periasamy introduced himself to her as the driver arranged by the function organisers.
Believing him, she boarded the car which sped away. Seeing this, the real driver informed the organisers, who started chasing the speeding car. The hot pursuit came to an end when the kidnapper car was overtaken and brought to a halt. A subdued Periasamy told police that he was a fan of Namitha. But police said he gave contradictory answers to other questions.
Explaining the situation, the actress’s spokesperson said, “We had arrived at Trichy airport and as instructed, had gotten into a car that was waiting for us at the airport. We were booked to check in at a hotel in Karur and we had a pleasant ride until we arrived at the premises of the hotel.”
The spokesperson elaborates, “As soon as we got out of the car, we came to know that our driver was not the one originally assigned to drive us to the hotel. In fact, the imposter was a die-hard fan of the actress who wanted to have the privilege of driving his favourite actress from the airport till her hotel…
The fan had essentially gone to great lengths to find out the identity of the driver who would chaperone Namitha from the airport, taking almost an hour to convince him that he was assigned by Namitha to drive her till outside the airport, considering crowd control issues.”