Vellinakshatram child actor Taruni Sachdev dies in plane crash
Child actor Taruni Sachdev was among 15 killed when a 20-seater plane slammed into a cliff in western Nepal on Monday. The six who dramatically survived included three Indians including two young girls.
14-year-old Taruni Sachdev was last seen in the Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Paa’. She featured in many commercials including the popular Rasna ad. Taruni also starred in two Malayalam films, ‘Vellinakshatram’ and ‘Sathyam’. Her last TV outing was as a participant on Shah Rukh Khan’s quiz show ‘Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain?’.
Taruni’s mother Geetha Sachdev, who accompanied her on the flight, also died in the crash.
Hearing the news, Taruni’s ‘Paa’ co-star Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, “Just reading that Taruni Sachdev the girl child artist in ‘Paa’, has perished in Nepal plane crash. Please God may this not be true. I am so shaken. She was the most bright and beautiful little girl.”
Co-star Abhishek Bachchan also 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 Agni Air Dornier plane, carrying 16 Indians and two Danes as well as three crew members, crashed in Jomsom, known for its magnificent mountain views and the starting point for major trekking routes, at about 9.45 am.
The plane was flying from Pokhara, a major tourist destination, to Jomsom, about 60 km away.
The Indian embassy here said of the 18 passengers, 16 were Indians.
“There were 21 people aboard out of which 16 were Indians,” an embassy official said.
Those rescued included Sreekanth, aged between 35-40 years, and two girls – Sreevardhini (9) and Sreepada (6).
“The injured Indians are undergoing treatment at Manipal Hospital in Pokhara. The other 13 Indians are feared to be dead,” the embassy said in a statement.
Although the accident took place in a remote area, the presence of an Army camp nearby helped speed up rescue operations.