Tragedy in Tollywood

Aarthi Agarwal, born on this date in 1984 in New Jersey — her parents hailed from the Indian state of Gujarat — had had no compelling desire to be an actress, but a Bollywood film producer spotted her as a teenager in Philadelphia and talked the parental units into letting her try out for some serious South Asian cinema.

Paagalpan (“Madness”), in Hindi, went nowhere in particular, but her breakthrough came with her second film, Nuvvu Naaku Nachav (“I Like You”), in Telugu; she quickly became bankable in Telugu-language films.

Aarthi Agarwal

But the young lady turned up in a Hyderabad hospital in 2005, having consumed some quantity of a “cleaning chemical.” A suicide attempt? Perhaps. At the time, a statement was released claiming that she was upset by rumors of a romance between her and one of her co-stars.

Aarthi Agarwal

Her career derailed, she married a software engineer: they divorced after two years, and she moved back to New Jersey. Then things got worse:

Sources in Tollywood said that Aarthi Agarwal was one of the many young Telugu actresses who are battling depression and obesity after hitting a rough patch in their acting careers.

A case of asthma did not help matters, and in the spring of 2015, she underwent liposuction. She lost over 50 pounds, but her health did not improve, and on the sixth of June, cardiac arrest at an Atlantic City hospital finished her off.

But give her credit for some serious stage presence while she was with us:

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