Taruni Sachdev

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Taruni Sachdev
Taruni - from Commons.jpg
Born (1998-05-14)14 May 1998
Mumbai, India
Died 14 May 2012(2012-05-14) (aged 14)[1]
Jomsom, Nepal
Other names Rasna Girl
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 2003–2012
Parent(s) Haresh Sachdev
Geeta Sachdev

Taruni Sachdev (14 May 1998 [2] – 14 May 2012) was an Indian model and child actress, best known for her work in television advertisements and films. She made appearances in Rasna advertisements and the Bollywood film Paa (2009), playing Amitabh Bachchan's classmate.


Personal life[edit]

Taruni Sachdev was born in Mumbai to a city-based industrialist,[2] Haresh Sachdev and his wife Geeta Sachdev.[1] She did her schooling at Bai Avabai Framji Petit Girls High School in Bandra, Mumbai.[3] Taruni's mother was a congregation devotee member at the Radha Gopinath Temple of ISKCON (Hare Krishna movement), Mumbai. Taruni also performed in dramas at the temple festivals.


Taruni acted in several television advertisements for products such as Rasna, Colgate, ICICI Bank, Reliance Mobile, LG, Coffee Bite, Gold Winner, Shakti Masala, Star Flush Dreams. She was one of the busiest child models in the industry and has acted along with Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Vidya Balan in the Hindi film Paa (2009). She also starred in two Malayalam films: Vellinakshtram (2004) and Sathyam (2004). She was the highest paid child artist of her time[4] with over 50 commercials[5] to her credit and is most remembered for her appearance as the Rasna girl alongside Karishma Kapoor.[6]


Taruni Sachdev died in the Agni Air Flight CHT plane crash in Nepal, on 14 May 2012, her 14th birthday.[7] Taruni's mother Geetha Sachdev who accompanied her on the flight also died.[8][9][10] Before Taruni left on 11 May 2012 for the Nepal trip, she hugged all her friends, saying, "I'm meeting you guys for the last time".[11] Though it was a light-hearted joke, according to her classmates, Taruni had "never hugged her friends or sent them goodbye messages before leaving for any of her earlier trips..." The last message Taruni sent to her best friend before boarding the flight was jokingly asking what would happen if the plane crashed, followed by "I love you."[11] Her friends believe that it was written in her destiny to die on that plane.



Year Title Role
2007 The Mystery of the Third Planet Alice (voice)
2009 Paa Student


Year Title Role Co-stars Director Notes
2004 Vellinakshatram Ammukutty Prithviraj Vinayan Acted as child ghost
2004 Sathyam Chinnukkutty Prithviraj,Thilakan Vinayan


Year Title Role Co-stars Director Notes
2012 Vetri Selvan[12] Abhi Radhika Apte, Ajmal Ameer Rudhran Tamil movie debut


  1. ^ a b Times News Network. (15 May 2012) Paa child actor Taruni Sachdev dies in plane crash Times of India Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b India Today Online (16 May 2012). "Taruni Sachdev died on her 14th birthday". India Today. New Delhi. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Bhandary, Shreya (16 May 2012). "Nepal plane crash: Rasna girl Taruni Sachdev's classmates shattered". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Trivedi, Mihir (15 May 2012). "'Paa' child actor Taruni Sachdev among Nepal crash victims". CNN-IBN. Mumbai. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  5. ^ RK Roshini (2 August 2004). "Taruni's day out". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  6. ^ India Today Online (16 May 2012). "Taruni Sachdev: Who is she?". India Today. New Delhi. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Salve, Sahil (17 May 2012). "Photos: Paa child artist Taruni Sachdev cremated". Mumbai: Rediff.com. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Child actor Taruni Sachdev of 'Paa' fame, among Nepal crash victims". India Today. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rasna girl Taruni Sachdev among dead in Nepal air crash". Kathmandu: Deccan Chronicle. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  10. ^ IANS (17 May 2012). "'Paa' child artist Taruni Sachdev cremated". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Taruni said all her goodbyes before leaving for Nepal". Mid-day.com. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Child artist passes away in plane crash". Behindwoods.com. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 

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