Aarthi Agarwal

Aarthi Agarwal (March 5, 1984 – June 6, 2015) was an American actress of Indian origin who primarily worked in Telugu cinema.[5]

Aarthi Agarwal
Aarthi Agarwal.jpg
Born(1984-03-05)March 5, 1984[1][2]
DiedJune 6, 2015(2015-06-06) (aged 31)
Other namesNandhu
OccupationActress, model
Years active2001–2015
Tasval Kumar
(m. 2007; div. 2009)
RelativesAditi Agarwal (sister)

Early life and careerEdit

Agarwal was born on 5 March 1984 in New Jersey to Gujarati parents.[6] Her father, Shashank, is in the hotel business and her mother, Veema, is a homemaker. She has two siblings. Her younger sister Aditi Agarwal is also an actress in Telugu film industry.[7] At around 14 years of age, actor Sunil Shetty spotted her and invited her to dance on stage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After the performance, he asked her father to encourage her to take up acting in Bollywood. At age 16, she made her debut with Paagalpan.[8]

Agarwal made her Telugu film debut in Nuvvu Naaku Nachav with actor Venkatesh. She was one of the few non-Telugu speaking actresses to work with noted Indian film stars Chiranjeevi, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Nagarjuna, Prabhas, Mahesh Babu, Ravi Teja, and Jr NTR.[3]

In 2005, media reported that Agarwal had attempted suicide over the failure of a romantic relationship with a co-star.[9][1][10] In 2006, following an accident at home, she was hospitalized with internal head injuries at Apollo Hospital, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad and put on ventilator support.[5][11][12]

In 2007, Agarwal married a software engineer; the couple divorced in 2009.[4]


On 6 June 2015, Agarwal was pronounced dead on arrival at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[13] Agarwal, who had undergone a liposuction surgery six weeks prior, had severe breathing problems before her death.[14][15][16][17] Her manager stated the cause of her death was cardiac arrest.[18][19] She had been living with her parents in Egg Harbor Township.[20][21]


  • All Films are in Telugu, unless otherwise noted.
List of films and roles
Year Film Role Notes
2001 Paagalpan Roma Pinto Debut Hindi Film
Nuvvu Naaku Nachav Nandini Debut Telugu film
2002 Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu Krishna Veni Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress
Allari Ramudu Mythili
Indra Snehalatha Reddy CineMAA Award for Best Actress
Nee Sneham Amrutha
Bobby Bhagyamathi
2003 Palnati Brahmanayudu Sruthi
Vasantham Nandini
Veede Mangathaayaru
2004 Nenunnanu Sruthi
Adavi Ramudu Madhulatha
Narasimhudu Herself Special appearance
2005 Sankranthi Padma
Soggadu Swati
Chatrapati Herself Special appearance
Bambara Kannaley Pooja Debut Tamil Film
2006 Andala Ramudu Radha Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress
2008 Gorintaku Nandini
Deepavali Un­known
2009 Posani Gentleman Neeraja
2010 Brahmalokam To Yamalokam Via Bhulokam Rambha
2010 Tajmahal Maisamma special appearance in song
2011 Vanakanya Wonder Veerudu Vana kanya
2015 Ranam 2 Un­known
2016 Aame Evaru? Un­known Released posthumously


  1. ^ a b Chandni Prashar (June 8, 2015). "Aarthi Agarwal, A Brief Candle in the Wind". ndtv.com.
  2. ^ Mishra, Rashmi (June 7, 2015). "Aarthi Agarwal dies after 'failed liposuction' surgery: 5 Things to know about dead Tollywood Actress". India.com. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Telugu actress Aarthi Agarwal passes away at 31". The Indian Express. June 6, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Aarthi Agarwal divorces Tasval Kumar". The New Indian Express. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Ma, Myles (June 7, 2015). "Tollywood actress was attempting comeback before her death". NJ Advance Media. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Tollywood actor Aarthi dies at 31 in US". Hyderabad: Deccan Herald. June 7, 2015.
  7. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/telugu/movies/photo-features/tollywood-actresses-who-are-away-from-the-silver-screen/aditi-agarwal/photostory/65502389.cms
  8. ^ "Aarthi Agarwal Dies in New Jersey; Celebrities Condole her Untimely Death". International Business Times. June 6, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  9. ^ "Actress Aarti Agarwal attempts suicide?". The Hindu. March 24, 2005. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  10. ^ "Telugu actress Aarthi Agarwal dies at 31, a month after liposuction surgery". indianexpress.com. June 9, 2015.
  11. ^ "Actress Aarti in coma after mystery fall". The Times of India.
  12. ^ "I stopped caring about rumours: Aarti Agarwal". deccanchronicle.com. June 7, 2015.
  13. ^ "Indian actress Aarthi Agarwal dies in N.J. hospital". NJ.com. June 6, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  14. ^ "Tollywood Mourns The Death Of Aarti Agarwal". greatandhra.com. Archived from the original on June 8, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  15. ^ "Telugu Actor Aarthi Agarwal Dies at 31". NDTVMovies.com. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  16. ^ "జయమాలిని కోసం మరో 3 కేజీలు తగ్గే ప్రయత్నంలో." (in Telugu). Andhra Jyothy. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  17. ^ "Liposuction that kills". Aarti Agarwal's death highlights the dark side of Tollywood. June 8, 2015.
  18. ^ "Aarthi Agarwal's Father, Manager, Surgeon Speak About her Liposuction, Death". International Business Times. June 7, 2015.
  19. ^ "31 વર્ષની ઉંમરે અભિનેત્રીનું થયું નિધન, શુક્રવારે રીલિઝ થઈ અંતિમ ફિલ્મ". Divya Bhaskar.com. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  20. ^ "Telugu actress Aarthi Aggarwal passes away at 31". Deccan Chronicle. June 6, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  21. ^ Wheatstone, Richard. "Bollywood actress Aarthi Agarwal dead after 'liposuction surgery gone wrong'", Daily Mirror, June 8, 2015; accessed June 8, 2015. "But she had seen her career fade in recent years and was living with her parents in her home town of Egg Harbor Township."

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