Bollywood actress kidnapped and beheaded

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04.20.12 28 Comments

Here’s a post guaranteed not to get any likes on Facebook, and probably the worst follow-up to a post about Zac Efron’s sun-dappled eyebrows on national let’s-get-super-baked day one could imagine, but here we are. Bollywood actress Meenakshi Thapar was kidnapped and beheaded by two aspiring actors she met on the set of her latest movie. She did not survive.

Meenakshi Thapar, 26, who had appeared in the Indian horror film 404 last year, met the two aspiring actors who allegedly later killed her on the set of her latest film, Heroine.

That’s terrible. And now I can’t even make a joke about an Indian horror film being about the code for a missing web page.

Amit Jaiswal, 36, and his lover Preeti Surin, allegedly decided to kidnap Ms Thapar after listening to her boast about her family’s wealth and status in Dehra Dun, in the Himalayan foothills of northern India.
They allegedly invited her on a trip with them to Gorakhpur, a small town close to India’s border with Nepal and known for its Buddhist temples, where they held her hostage and sent a message to Ms Thapar’s Nepali parents demanding 1,500,000 Rupees (£18,000).
According to police, her ‘fellow actors’ warned her mother they would force her daughter to take part in pornography films if their demands were not met.

Her mother paid 60,000 Rupees (£730) [$1,150] into her daughter’s account for her kidnappers to withdraw, but she was allegedly killed soon after. She was strangled to death, beheaded, and her body was dumped at two different sites as her killers made their way back to Mumbai. Her torso was dumped in a water tank and her head thrown out of the bus window in a bag on the road to Mumbai.
According to police, the couple had fled to Mumbai from their home in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, after Jaiswal’s wife discovered their affair.
They had moved to India’s film city hoping to find stardom in its Bollywood studios. [Telegraph]

So, if you ever wondered what the Bonnie and Clyde story would be like if it was directed by David Cronenberg and Lars von Trier, now you know. Alejandro González Iñárritu read this and thought, “Jeez, that’s depressing.”

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