Thadayam 20-09-2015 “Haunting death of Silk Smitha” – News7 Tamil Show
It has been more than 18 years since Silk Smitha committed suicide, but till date no one knows why the actress took the extreme step. In a fresh twist, veteran Kannada actor Ravichandran has revealed that hours before she took her life, Smitha called him up, perhaps trying to tell the actor something which disturbed her.
In an interview to a Kannada channel, the `Crazy Star’ said, “I was busy shooting that day (September 23, 1996) and was surprised to see Smitha trying frantically to reach me a few times. I tried to speak to her, but the call never got through due to poor connectivity. I thought it was a routine call. However the next day, to my horror, I realised that Smitha had killed herself. I shudder to think what could have been the reason for her call. This haunts even me now.”
Ravichandran believes Smitha, who was close to him as they shared screen space in many movies, wanted to tell “something that troubled her”. Smitha, who had acted in more than 200 films in different languages, had a major role in Ravichandran’s Halli Meshtru.
Ravichandran said that there were many in the industry who did not like Smitha as she was said to be ill-tempered. However, he always enjoyed good rapport with Smitha because he respected her a lot and the feeling was reciprocal.
“She followed one principle in life. She gave the same respect which she earned. Maybe because of the respect I gave her, she always liked working with me and probably that’s why she wanted to speak to me on her last day,” the actor said.
Smitha was found dead at her Chennai apartment on September 23, 1996. Though no one knows the exact reason, it is believed that she was battling multiple problems, including financial crunch, disillusionment in love and severe depression. Could Ravichandran have saved her life? “That’s one thing I still regret,” rues the veteran actor.