Director Hiriyur Raghavendra, who is directing Kannada TV serial 'Karthika Deepa", attempted to commit suicide in front of the media at 3 pm on Saturday. He held the artistes pressure for payment responsible for it. However, he was immediately rushed to the nearby hospital by the PROs and the media men.
Raghavendra had held a press conference at Green House Raj Milan on Saturday. The serial director was explaining the reason for the failure of his TV serials when he collapsed. He had carried a death note that stated non-cooperation of serial artistes was the reason for his suicide.
According to sources, Raghavendra was suffering a huge financial loss of Rs. 50 lakhs from the 200-episode serial 'Karthika Deepa". So the artistes and technicians were reportedly pressurising him for payment. Upset with this pressure, he decided to commit suicide by eating poison.
But Raghavendra's wife Sudha has denied all his allegations. She says that all the artists in the serial 'Karthika Deepa" have co-operated well. But they were not paid properly due to the loss. They are not responsible for his suicide. Meanwhile, she requests the artistes to bear with the situation and support her husband Raghavendra.
However, the doctors at the Mallige Hospital say that Raghavendra's health condition is stable. Meanwhile, no case has been registered against him. The Upparpet police claim that the director did not attempt suicide, but collapsed due to health problems.