Rani Padmini (actress)

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Rani Padmini
Died 15 October 1986
Cause of death Homicide
Nationality  India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1981–1986
Parent(s) Vishwanathan

Rani Padmini was a prominent Indian lead actress during the 1980s in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu films. She was well noted for her glamorous roles. She entered the film field with Sangharsham and played notable roles in Parankimala, Sangarshanam, Sharam, Bandhanam and Killikonchal.

She was murdered on 15 October 1986 in her home, along with her mother, by three of her employees.

Personal life[edit]

She was born to Vishwanathan and Indirakumari at Anna Nagar, Chennai. She had a brother and a sister.


On the morning of 15 October 1986, Rani Padmini's driver, Jebaraj, watchman Lakshmi Narasimhan alias Kutty, and cook, Ganeshan attacked her mother Indirakumari and killed her. Hearing her mother’s screams, Rani Padmini came to investigate but was overpowered by the men and murdered. The three were, however, arrested and sentenced to life terms. Rani Padmini’s murder caused ripples all over Tamil Nadu and Kerala and it was alleged that the three men were arrested in order to protect a high-profile person who was in close contact with Rani Padmini. [1][2]





  1. ^ "State Of Tamil Nadu vs Kutty @ Lakshmi Narasimhan on 10 August, 2001". Malayalam Movie Database. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Narasimhan, T. A; Kolappan, B. (16 August 2014). "A hint of scandal in Madras". The Hindu. 

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