Another television actress commits suicide
Thursday May 18 2006 08:20 IST
CHENNAI: Tamil television world was shaken up on Wednesday with another upcoming artiste Shradha Viswanath committing suicide, a month to the date on which actor Vaishnavi ended her life.
Shradha, a 21-year-old, who had played noticeable roles in the soap operas Kolangal and Kalki, was found hanging from the ceiling fan, by her mother Subadhra, at her residence in River Dale Apartment in up-market Kotturpuram.
A suicide note, allegedly left behind by her, said no one was responsible for her decision. The suicide note reportedly said, ‘‘I apologise to my parents for all the troubles I had given them.’’
‘‘It is ironic that the tragedy should have struck our family when we were preparing to celebrate the birthday of Shradha’s younger sister Shreya,’’ said an emotional Viswanath, the star’s father, a catering consultant.
Initial inquiries by the police revealed that on Tuesday night, Shradha had sent an SMS to a close friend, saying that she was ‘‘going too far from all.’’ Unfortunately, the friend was unable to infer the gravity of the message until she learnt of the suicide on Wednesday.
Police said that Shradha was among those from the Tamil television industry who had attended Vaishnavi’s funeral on April 17. Vaishnavi had committed suicide after a misunderstanding with a co-star, with whom she had allegedly shared a close relationship.
‘‘At the funeral, Shradha had wondered if her friend would accompany her after death. Perhaps she was leading a frustrated life for over a month,’’ a police officer told this website's newspaper.
One of Shradha’s co-stars, who called on her family, admitted that the young actor was in a state of depression. ‘‘She never shared the reasons for her frustration with us. It was a mystery,’’ she said.
A B Sc Microbiology graduate, Shradha had first appeared on the small screen as a compere last year. Later, she was introduced to the glamour world in the Srikanth-starrer Bose, in which she played a minor role. She then switched to doing television serials.
‘‘We have questioned her family members and some of her colleagues in the industry. There does not seem to be any broken love affair in her case,’’ an officer said. Police handed over Shradha’s body to her family after having a post-mortem conducted at Government General Hospital, Royapettah.