MUMBAI — Soundarya, a star of the regional Kannada-language film industry, died in a plane crash in the outskirts of the southern city of Bangalore on Saturday on her way to a political rally. She was 31.
Soundarya had recently joined the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People’s Party). With India going to the polls later this month, she was leaving to address a voters rally in the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh when the plane crashed and caught fire.
Many Indian actors are involved in politics.
Soundarya started her career in “Rajendrudru Gajendrudru” (1993). She appeared in more than 30 films in the southern regional languages of Tamil, Telegu and Kannada. She acted in the hugely popular “Padaiyappa” (1999) opposite Tamil star Rajnikant. She made her Bollywood debut starring opposite Amitabh Bachchan in 1999’s “Suryavamsham” (Descendants of the Sun).
Soundarya recently produced and acted in the Girish Kasaravalli-helmed “Dweepa” (Island). The movie went on to win her the Indian National Award.
She is survived by her husband, a software engineer in Bangalore.