Apparently depressed over not getting films, Telugu actor Uday Kiran committed suicide by hanging himself on Sunday night, police said. Kiran, 33, is survived by his wife Vishita.
Kiran, who acted in 19 films including three Tamil movies, ended his life in his flat at Srinagar colony around midnight. He was alone in the flat. For details click here.
Vishita, who had gone out for a family party, rushed to the flat after he did not respond to her mobile phone calls.
He had refused to attend the birthday party of a relative in the city Sunday night and sent his wife for the same.
Vishita grew suspicious when he did not respond to her phone calls after sending her an SMS reportedly expressing his love. She rushed to the flat where she found him hanging from the ceiling in the gym. With the help of neighbours, she shifted him to a hospital.
She immediately took him to Jubilee Hills Apollo hospital where the doctors declared him dead. An autopsy was conducted on the body at government-run Osmania General Hospital. The body was later shifted to the mortuary at Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS).
A police officer quoted his wife and other family members as saying that he was in deep depression for the last few days. Kiran was depressed over not getting any new film since February last year.
Family members told police that he was in touch with a Tamil filmmaker and was waiting for his phone call on Sunday. He became depressed when he did not get the call.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Ashok Kumar told reporters that no suicide note was found. The police have registered a case of suspicious death after the medical examination of the actor.
Investigators, who gathered clues at the flat, questioned security guard and the actor's neighbours. They also seized his mobile phone and laptop for further investigation.
Born Jan 26, 1980, Kiran began his film career with Telugu film Chitram, a romantic-drama in 2000. He had a meteoric rise in the industry as the first movie directed by Teja proved a hit. UDAY KIRAN'S LIFE AND WORKS
This was followed by Nuvvu Neenu and Manasantha Nuvve, which were also huge success. The charming hero with romantic image began to be called 'Hat-trick Hero'.
In 2001, he bagged Filmfare best actor award and achieved the distinction of being the youngest to bag the honour. After the initial success, offers started to dwindle. He faced a tough time in both professional and personal life.
He was engaged to superstar Chiranjeevi's elder daughter Sushmita in 2003 but the marriage was called off for unknown reasons.
Kiran's last Telugu film was Jai Sreeram released last year. It was sequel to his earlier movie Sreeram.
It was on Oct 24, 2012 he married his long-term friend Vishita. He hoped the marriage would bring good luck and revive his career.
The incident has shocked the Telugu, Tamil and a section of Hindi film industry which had remade some of his hits.
"He still has a good following and had a good future. There would have been bright chances to bounce back," said RP Patnaik, a music director who has worked on some of Kiran's films.
Several Telugu film personalities expressed shock over Kiran's suicide. Actor Srikant and director Teja were among those who rushed to the actor's residence after the news broke. STARS MOURN KIRAN'S DEATH
"Not just Uday Kiran, any actor will get into depression if nobody is signing him," said Teja, who described him as a soft-spoken actor.
Kiran's death has sparked a controversy with a section alleging that he was deliberately sidelined by the top stars and producers after his fabulous initial years. A group representing Brahmins (Kiran's caste-group) alleged that two castes - Kamma and Kapu (to which a majority of Telugu heroes including the top four like Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna belong to) do not allow others to grow in the industry that produces highest number of films in the country after Hindi.
Denying such a trend, Telugu Movie Artists Association President Murali Mohan however admitted to the importance of caste in the Telugu film industry.
"Till the Telugu movie industry was based in Chennai caste was not a factor but things have changed after it moved to Hyderabad," said Mohan.
Meanwhile, a lawyer filed a petition in State Human Rights Commission, seeking direction to the government to order probe into the actor's suicide. Petitioner Arun Kumar alleged that four families were ruling the Telugu film industry and cited this as the cause for Kiran's suicide.
(With inputs from IANS)