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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Another young actress "Sharadha" commits suicide

In yet another case of a television actress ending her life, an upcoming small screen star Shraddha committed suicide by hanging herself at her River Dale apartment in upmarket Kottur Gardens on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning, her family members found the 21-year-old actress hanging from the ceiling fan of her bedroom. Shraddha is the third actress to commit suicide in the last one year, the other two being Shalini and Vaishnavi.

In her suicide note, she did not give reason for taking such an extreme step. “I have been giving lot of trouble to you people. Please forgive me. I do not want to live in this world any more,” was all she said in the note.

The eldest daughter of Vishwanathan and Subhadra, Shraddha was studying in a city college. She started her television career with K. Balachander’s serial Edhir Neechal on Jaya TV. She soon bagged the anchor’s slot of the popular film show Countdown Show on Jaya TV. She also acted with Khushboo in the serial Kalki on Jaya TV and Kolangal on Sun TV. She has a small role in the Tamil film Bose as one of Sneha’s four friends.

However, the police has not ruled out other possibilities like a failed relationship and family pressure. The deceased was from an upper middle class family and her parents are in the textile business. “There was apparently a quarrel between her and her parents on Tuesday night. That incident seems to have caused her to end her life,” the police said.

Family sources, however, quoted her father saying that she was very cheerful on Tuesday evening. She has a younger sister who is studying in Class nine, and it was her birthday on Wednesday.

When contacted Mr Murali Raaman, vice president, programming, Jaya TV, expressed shock and said, “Shraddha was a brave girl and a good actor. She used to be very lively on the sets. In fact, last month, when actress Vaishnavi committed suicide, she was very sympathetic, and even asked why people resorted to such extreme mea sures.” Speaking to this newspaper, Thiru Selvam, director of serial Kolangal said, “I always thought of her as a bold girl.

She played a small role in this serial, but watching her spontaneity, I wanted to extend her role in future episodes. It is so unfortunate this terrible trend seems to be taking the lives of young actresses.”

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