Telugu actress Aarthi Agarwal dies ................. at 31
Actress Aarthi Agarwal, 31, who has acted in 21 Telugu, Tamil and Hindi movies died after suffering a cardiac arrest due to respiratory complications at a hospital in the US on Saturday. Only on Friday, her latest film ‘Ranam 2′ in Telugu was released across theatres in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Aarthi, who suffered from asthma for several years, had undergone a liposuction surgery about a month back but post-surgery she developed respiratory problems and is said to have suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday while recuperating at a hospital in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Aarthi, who was born and brought up in New Jersey, first made her acting debut in Hindi movie `Pagalpan’ when she was 16 which did not do well. She moved to Tollywood and made Telugu debut with `Nuvu Naaku Nachav’ in 2001, which went on to become a hit. She did two other Telugu films that year, which also did very well.
She became the toast of Tollywood and in 2002 she did four films, three in 2003 and four movies in 2004. She is one of the few non-Telugu speaking actresses who went on to work with some of the biggest Tollywood stars like K Chiranjeevi, N Balakrishna, A Nagarjuna, D Venkatesh, G Mahesh Babu, Ravi Teja, and NTR Junior.
Her sister, Aditi Agarwal, is also an actress. Aarthi was the lead actress in the 2002 the hit Telugu movie `Nee Sneham’ in which the lead actor was V Uday Kiran who committed suicide in January, 2014, after failing to get any new roles which landed him in financial crisis.
In 2005, Aarthi acted in five movies, including a cameo appearance, which was her career high. After acting in three other movies which did well, Aarthi’s career slumped in 2007 in which she did not get a single offer. Sources in Tollywood said that Aarthi was one of the many young Telugu actresses who are battling depression and obesity after hitting a rough patch in their acting careers.
In fact, Aarthi is believed to have tried to commit suicide in March, 2005 at her home in Hyderabad after failing to get new film offers as the four films she acted in that year failed to do well. She was also allegedly romantically linked to a Tollywood actor which ended bitterly.
“From 2008 to 2015 she worked in only four films and was almost forgotten. I think she had put on weight and had decided to undergo surgery,’’ an official of the Movie Artists Association said.
Aarthi’s father Shashank Agarwal informed members of Tollwood who made several anxious calls after hearing of her death that she suffered a cardiac arrest due respiratory problems but did not mention any liposuction related surgery.
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