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Silk Smitha’s Death Anniversary: 24 years since south star’s mysterious death

Vishnu Vasisht

It's been 24 years since Silk Smitha, one of the most famous adult stars of South films, committed suicide by hanging herself on 23 September 1996. But her death has not been solved till date. Silk Smitha was one of those South stars whose life always remained in the headlines. In the 1980s to the 1990s, the magic of silk hit the heads of the people so much that she did 200 films in four years. They include ‘Antham’, ‘Mafia’, ‘Lockup Death’, ‘Gentalman Security’, ‘Karma’, ‘Coimbatore Mappillai’ ‘Subash’, ‘Justice Raja’ and ‘Kiratham’.

Silk's real name was Vijayalakshmi Vadlapatla but after appearing in films she became famous as Silk Smitha. Silk was a girl from a very poor Telugu family. At the age of only ten, she had to leave her studies in fourth grade due to lack of money. Troubled by the poverty of the family and the beauty of silk, the family married her at an early age. Due to the trouble of her in-laws, Silk Smitha left home and fled to Chennai.

Silk first started working at an actress' home in Chennai. Gradually she started working as a makeup artist and she did a small role in a film. Later, Venu Chakraborty offered a role in a film after seeing Silk outside AVM Studios. While his wife taught Silk to speak English.

In many Telugu and Malayalam films, Silk's character was adult, but even then the film directors wanted her to be a part of films. At the age of just 36, Silk committed suicide by hanging himself at her home. But no one knows the reason behind it.

According to some people, Silk Smitha committed suicide, as she was very upset due to her debts. She is said to have suffered a loss of two crores and she could not bear the shock. A suicide note was found in Telugu, but that too could not be understood. Eventually, her death became a mystery.

Silk was brought to life on screen by Vidya Balan in 'The Dirty Picture'.

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