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Hemashree Hosahalli Nagaraju

Died9 October 2012 (aged 29–30)
Bangalore, India
Years active2001–2012
Political partyBahujan Samaj Party
R. Surendra Babu
(m. 2011; her death 2012)

Hemashree Hosahalli Nagaraju (1982 – 9 October 2012)[1][2] was Indian actress who worked in Kannada television soap operas. A struggling actress, she had also appeared in a handful of Kannada films in supporting roles. At the 2008 Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections, she contested with a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket for her home town Chikkanayakana Halli in the Tumkur region of Karnataka.[1][2] She died of mysterious circumstances in October 2012, and her husband Surendra Babu was alleged to have murdered her.


Hemashree made her debut as an actress in 2001, as a 19-year-old, in a Kannada television soap opera. She trained at the Adarsha Film and T. V. Institute, Bangalore. In the following years, she worked in soaps such as Danda Pindagalu, Saahasa Lakshmiyaru and others made by S. Narayan. She appeared in minor roles in films, Varsha and Sirivantha (2006).[3]

Personal life[edit]

Hemashree was married to R. Surendra Babu, an advocate and a realtor, on 22 June 2011.[2] She was coerced to marry him by her mother, who ha received a dowry of 50 lakh from Babu, who was 48 at the time. The followed day, she registered a complaint with the Bangalore City Police over the matter and sought police protection fearing that Babu could harm her.[3] It was also revealed that her "allegedly greedy family" forced her into politics.[2] The couple lived in the Banashankari neighbourhood of Bangalore.[4]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Title
2002 Appu
2005 Varsha
2006 Sirivantha
2008 Ugragami
2009 Cinema Alla Real Story
2010 Veera Parampare
TV shows
Year Title Ref.
Un­known Danda Pindagalu
2002 Daridra Lakshmiyaru
Un­known Mahamayi
Un­known Tulasi
2004 Uttarayana
Un­known Vatara [5]


  1. ^ a b "Affidavit Details of Hemashree H N". empoweringindia.org. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Johnson, T. A. (23 October 2012). "Kannada actress Hemashree: Unhappy life, unexplained death". The Indian Express. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Hemashri Dead". chitraloka.com. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Kannada TV Actor Hemashree (38) Dies, Husband Detained". daijiworld.com. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Hemashri | Appu | Surendra Babu | Kannada Seriel Actress | ಹೇಮಾಶ್ರೀ ಅಸಹಜ ಸಾವು: ಕೊಲೆಯೋ, ಆತ್ಮಹತ್ಯೆಯೋ?". m.kannada.webdunia.com. Retrieved 3 September 2018.