Indian music-video crew deported for lacking work permits

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An Indian film crew shooting music videos in Pattaya hit a bum note with immigration police who arrested and deported them for lacking work permits.

The crew from Orange Pixel Co. attracted a large group of onlookers at Naklua’s Jittapawan Beach as they acted out “Beautiful Lady” and “You Are My Dream,” which soon turned to a nightmare as officers swooped in and closed down the unlicensed production.

Without permits from the Culture Ministry, the film crew needed to have work permits, which none did.

All the 15 Indian nationals – 12 men and 3 women aged between 21 and 45 – were taken into custody and quickly sentenced to six months in jail and a fine of 3,000 baht each. The sentences were reduced by three months and 2,800 baht.

Only one day in jail was served, however, as the entire group was deported.

A 12 men and 3 women film crew from Orange Pixel Co. were arrested for working without permits.A 12 men and 3 women film crew from Orange Pixel Co. were arrested for working without permits.