Kunal (actor)

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Kunal Singh
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Born Kunal Singh
29 September 1977
Haryana, India
Died 7 February 2008(2008-02-07) (aged 30)
Mumbai, India
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1999–2007
Spouse(s) Anuradha Singh

Kunal Singh (Hindi: कुणाल; 29 September 1977 – 7 February 2008) was an Indian actor who appeared in Tamil films. He is best known for his role in the 1999 super hit Tamil film Kadhalar Dhinam alongside Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre, where he played a young student who falls in love over the Internet. After the box office success of Kadhalar Dhinam, Kunal appeared in a series of box office failures like Pesadha Kannum Pesume (2002) and Nanbanin Kadhali (2007). His other three box office successes were Paarvai Ondre Podhume (2001), Punnagai Desam (2002) and Devathayai Kanden (2005), with the latter featuring Kunal in a supporting role alongside Dhanush and Sridevi Vijayakumar. When he was unable to find roles as an actor, he served as assistant editor for several films and turned to producing.[1]

Death[edit]

On 7 February 2008, he was found hanging from a ceiling in his Mumbai apartment by actress Lavina Bhatia. The apparent suicide was challenged by his father Rajendra Singh who claimed the body showed signs of suspicious bruising. Bhatia was detained by police in connection with his death, but was later released after the police could not prove a motive. The police were unable to prove any other persons were present in Kunal's apartment at the time of his death and therefore ruled out Bhatia as a suspect as Kunal had a black belt in karate;[2] furthermore, he had attempted suicide by slashing his wrists several months earlier. At the time of his death, Kunal was working on a film, Yogi, which was being produced by his newly formed production company Balagiri.[3][4] The case was referred to CBI, Prof T D Dogra of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, examined the scene of crime along with CBI, he opined in favor of Suicide.[5]

Rajendra Singh says, "I have spent 33 years in the Army and have been part of enquires regarding death, so one glance at my son's corpse told me that this was no suicide. Kunal had certain marks on his arms as if someone had pinned him down and the marks on his neck were not consistent with what a person committing suicide by hanging would have. Moreover, there was absolutely no motive for Kunal to commit suicide as he was cheerful about the upcoming movie project and had set up appointments with the music director the next day. Why would a person planning to commit suicide make advance plans? Laveena's statement says that she had gone to the bathroom for around 20 minutes and on coming out, saw Kunal hanging from the ceiling. It is impossible for me to believe that a cheerful person would turn suicidal in a few minutes. It is obvious that he has been killed."[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam Raja
2001 Paarvai Ondre Podhume Vinod
2002 Punnagai Desam Raja
Varushamellam Vasantham Ramesh
Pesadha Kannum Pesume Vikram
Enge Enadhu Kavithai Babu
Arputham Arvind
2004 Kadhal Thiruda
2005 Devathayai Kanden Bala
Pesuvoma
Thirudiya Idhayathai
Saadhuriyan
Sollattuma
Unarchigal
2007 Nanbanin Kadhali Suriya

References[edit]

  1. ^ Renni Abraham (8 February 2008). "I saw actor Kunal Singh hanging, says friend". Daily News & Analysis. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Court orders CBI probe into actor's murder". Times of India. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Jaidev Hemmady (8 December 2009). "Plot thickens in Bollywood murder mystery". Indian Express. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Actor found dead in Lokhandwala flat". Indian Express. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bombay High Court,Ms.Lovina Pankaj Bhatia vs Central Bureau Of Investigation on 12 August, 2011". Bombay High Court. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 

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