Kollywood film producer-director B. Ashok Kumar committed suicide in his residence in Alwarthirunagar near Valasaravakkam on Tuesday. In his suicide note, Ashok Kumar, who was a relative of director-actor Sasikumar, has blamed a film financier for pushing him to take the extreme step.
Ashok Kumar was found hanging in his apartment in Chennai’s Alwarthirunagar locality. He is related to leading Kollywood director-actor M Sasikumar, who produced some of his films.
In his suicide note even mentioned, that he had further claimed that it was a big mistake to have associated himself with the financier for more than seven years and that he had paid huge sums of interest on the loan as well. For the past six months, he was harassed and threatened by the financier, who claimed to have political clout and also was influential in the police and film circuit.
The Valasaravakkam Police sent the body to the Government Royapettah Hospital for postmortem.
Ashok Kumar has co-produced films of Sasikumar including Eesan, Poraali and the yet-to-be-released Kodi Veeran.
A senior officer of the Chennai city police said, a case under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC has been registered against the financier.
Meanwhile, the suicide letter is being circulated on the social media and has already gone viral. Actor Vishal, who is also the president of Tamil Film Producers Council has reacted to the sad news. He posted a long note on his twitter account where while expressing sadness over the incident, he called out to all troubled producers to reach out to the organisation for help. “Suicide is not solution and I hereby request producers to reach out to us if they face such threats from financiers. We will be more than happy to help out.”
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