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14 April 2024

Uday Kiran's death mystery: Spotlight on four film families

Telugu cinema actor Uday Kiran.

By Correspondent

Popular Telugu cinema actor Uday Kiran was found hanging at his apartment at Srinagar Colony, Punjagutta (Hyderabad) on Sunday night.

As per initial reports it is suspected that the actor committed suicide, although it is not clear yet as to why he took the drastic step.

The suicide has now taken a curious turn.

No suicide note was found in the flat. The police have registered a case of suspicious death after the medical examination of the actor.

Latest reports suggest that a high court lawyer filed a petition in State Human Rights Commission, seeking direction to the government to order probe into the actor's suicide.

The petitioner alleged that four families are ruling the Telugu film industry and cited this as the cause for Kiran's suicide.

As per reports the petitioner claims that after Uday Kiran's engagement to Chiranjeevi's daughter was called off, four big film camps - the Chiranjeevi family, the Daggubati family, the NTR family and the Dil Raju camp - did all they could to keep the actor out of work.

He was engaged to superstar Chiranjeevi's elder daughter in 2003 but the marriage was called off.

It is rumoured that this angered the powerful Chiranjeevi and Kiran faced his ire.

A group representing Brahmins (Kiran's caste-group) alleged that two castes - Kamma and Kapu (to which a majority of Telugu heroes including Chiranjeevi belong to) do not allow others to grow in the industry.

Telugu film trade analyst Hemanth Kumar is quoted by Indian daily, "It is a fact that Telugu movie directors and producers kept him (Uday Kiran) at bay after his fallout with Chiranjeevi's family".
Uday Kiran was depressed over his fading career as film opportunities started drying up for the actor in the past four years.

Kiran's last Telugu film was 'Jai Sreeram' released last year.