Karthika Menonn [born 6 June 1986], better known by her stage name Bhavana, is an Indian film actress who works in the South Indian film industry. She made her acting debut in Kamal’s Malayalam film Nammal (2002), which won her critical acclaim and various honors. In a career spanning over a decade, she has appeared in over 75 films and won twoKerala State Film Awards. She was kidnapped and molested on Feb 18th 2017.
The traumatic experience of a prominent south Indian film actor allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted kept the district police on their toes on Friday night.
The entire episode unfolded like a crime thriller, as a seven-member gang led by Sunil Kumar aka Pulsar Suni intercepted the car in which the actor was travelling on the National Highway 544 near Parambayam, Nedumbassery around 10 pm. The actor was on her way to Kochi after a shoot in Thrissur.
The gang stopped and entered the actress’ car near Athani in Angamaly and harassed her till they reached Palarivattom. Police have taken the driver of the actress, Martin, into custody. The actress reportedly told the police that her former driver was among those who forcefully entered her car.
According to reporteds, the actress’s driver might be a part of the plot. Police suspect the act was planned in advance by him and his associates. Another man called Sunilkumar, the driver who was previously employed by the actress earlier, is suspected to be the main conspirator and is still absconding.
The actress for a while was not having the best of relations with a group in the Malayalam film industry, and the group had scuttled a few good roles that she was offered, according to reports. The police are looking into all aspects of the incident and will probe if this was a planned move against the actress.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who is currently in Delhi, told reporters there that the police is doing its job and will certainly arrest those responsible. Lok Sabha member Innocent, President of Association of Malayalam Movie Artists, told reporters that he had tried to get in touch with Vijayan over the incident.
He said police chief Behra had assured him that all behind the incident would be arrested.
Leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala, currently on a day-long protest at his home constituency near Alappuzha over the “sudden deterioration” of the law and order situation in the state, expressed shock over the incident.
“If this is the plight of a celebrity, what can one say about ordinary people. This is really shocking,” said Chennithala, a former state Home Minister.
She’s known to Telugu audiences for her role in Krishna Vamsi’s Mahtma where she is paired up with hero Srikanth. She’s also acted opposite Gopichand in Ontari.
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