Young and popular television actress Nandini (‘Maina’ Nandini to her fans) met with a personal tragedy yesterday when her husband Karthik committed suicide at a Virugambakkam lodge in Chennai.
Nandini, who became a household name by playing ‘Maina’ in the popular soap Saravanan Meenatchi on Vijay TV (she has since deviated from Vijay TV and has found refuge on Zee Tamil), got married to the bearded Karthik (who ran a gym) in June last year.
Nandini, who debuted as an actress with Pandiraj’s Vamsam, had starred in a few movies including the Sivakarthikeyan-starrer Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga.
It turns out that within a few months of her marriage, Nandini quit her home and went to her parents’ house. Her demand for a divorce was not agreed to by Karthik, it is further said. Karthik is said to have left a suicide note stating that Nandini’s father was the reason for him to take this extreme step.
Nandini is presently starring in tele-serials and hosting reality television shows on Zee Tamil. Nandini didn’t reportedly respond positively to the peace overtures made by Karthik through his relatives as she came to know only after her marriage that Karthik was earlier in love with a girl who later committed suicide. Karthik mixed poison in a soft-drink, drank it and breathed his last before leaving a note at a Chennai lodge.
His suicide has shocked small screen artistes and police have so far not registered a case of suspicious death.