Saturday, May 19, 2012

Taruni Sachdev dies in Nepal crash

Child artiste Taruni Sachdev, who played the role of Amitabh Bachchan or Auro's friend in National Award winning film Paa, died in the Nepal plane crash that killed 13 Indians on Monday.

Taruni, who became famous as the Rasna girl, was on the flight with her mother Geetha Sachdev.

Karisma Kapur who had starred with Taruni in the Rasna commercial said: "Deeply saddened to hear the news. She was a lovely vibrant child. My heartfelt condolences to her family."

Taruni's co-star Amitabh Bachchan also tweeted: "Just reading that Tarini Sachdev the girl child artist in Paa, has perished in Nepal plane crash .. please God may this not be true."

Abhishek Bachchan also expressed shock at the untimely loss and he tweeted: "SHOCKED and very saddened to hear about the Nepal plane crash. Lost 1 of my cutest co-stars. Little Taruni Sachdev from PAA. Speechless....."

The airport authorities confirmed that Taruni and her mother were on the Dornier aircraft owned by private Agni Air company which was carrying 18 passengers and a crew of three from the resort town of Pokhara to Jomsom when it crashed while landing on the mountain airstrip.

Besides Paa, Taruni also appeared in two Malayalam films, Vellinakshatram (2004) and Sathyam (2004) with Prithviraj and Priyamani. She also appeared on Shah Rukh Khan's reality quiz show Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain? At 14, Taruni had already featured in almost 50 ads.


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