“The memory cards are all blank, Syed!” a laboratory assistant came out of the lab with the disappointing news. “Nothing is present in them!”
Radha could sniff the fragrance of a crime right away and turned to her interviewee with anticipation. Syed’s face was downcast. “We’ll have to go through everything again, then. This was the last schedule. Getting star-dates is a big problem for the producer. I’ll be held responsible for this. I am at the threshold of a promising career…”
Radha was moved. She put herself into his position and thought that if it were one of her articles that had been sabotaged, instead? God-forbid, it had never occurred till then. The True Story staff including the editor, Mr. Iyer had been like a family.
“Do you have any enemies?” was the first question that popped into her mind.
“No,” was the monosyllable reply.
“Do you know anybody who could go to any extent to sabotage your career?”
Radha’s gut feeling insisted that Syed was hiding something, probably since she was a journalist, so she thought she ought to set things straight.
“Syed, I’m talking very honestly, man to man. If you think I will use this against you, be rest assured I won’t. I only want to help you. I won’t publish anything until we get to the bottom of this and catch the real culprit.”
“Do you promise me that? But, how can I trust a journalist?”
“You can trust me. Look here, I will not breathe a word about this incident even to the film editor. I will only file the interview. Now, do you trust me or do I give it in writing?”
“That’s ok, I trust you. There is someone, who would be interested in damaging my career, but I don’t know who it is.”
“Some other cinematographer?”
“Ok. Were there, really, quite a few contenders for this job as you said earlier in the interview?”
“That I had exaggerated a bit.” He replied sheepishly. “But, there were a couple of other technicians vying for the job.”
“Who are they?”
Syed gave her a couple of names. “But, they are my friends and they are out of town today. I don’t think they…”
“Someone else might have done it on their behalf. Actually, I think I saw it happen right in front of my eyes!”
To be continued…