Neelam Bharadwaj, the 18-year-old girl who died in an accident at Juhu galli on Friday morning, had come to the city four years ago to make it big in the Hindi film industry, her friends said.
Bharadwaj, a native of Bhopal, was staying as a paying guest at an apartment at Shastri Nagar in the Lokhandwala area of Andheri (West) with her friend Neha Pawar.
“She had worked in two serials – Mata ki Chowky and Shani Dev. She also had a few South Indian films in the pipeline. She was a very ambitious girl,” said JatBhatia, her 28-year-old friend, a resident of Koliwada.
Bhatia said Neelam was also a second-year commerce student. She was studying the course through correspondence from a Bhopal-based college.
She was the second of the three siblings who are based in Bhopal with their parents. Her father, BL Sharma, is a personal assistant to BJP leader Uma Bharati, while her mother is a homemaker.
“We informed her parents immediately after the accident. I cannot express how traumatised they are. She had come to the city to make a career. No one had anticipated this unfortunate event,” said Bhatia.
Neelam’s family arrived in the city on Friday evening and the last rites are to be conducted on Saturday, her friends said.
“I was at home when one of our common friends called and told me about the incident. I was shocked. My friends and I immediately rushed to the hospital, but we were told that she died on the spot,” he added.