Film producer-director B. Ashok Kumar committed suicide in his residence in Alwarthirunagar near Valasaravakkam on November 21. In his suicide note, the filmmaker, who was a relative of director-actor Sasikumar, has blamed a certain financier whose constant harassment led him to take this extreme step.
According to a report published in The Hindu, B. Ashok Kumar's production company had been taking loans from this financier who reportedly charged steep interest rates. His suicide note also states that he regrets the association he has had with this financier for seven years who charged him high rates. Also, for the past six months, the financier concerned had been harassing him and threatening as well. He even went on talk about his political clout to scare him.
The body has been sent to Government Royapettah Hospital for postmortem. A senior officer of the Chennai city police said a case under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC has been registered against the financier.
Ashok Kumar has co-produced films of Sasikumar including Eesan, Poraali and the yet-to-be-released Kodi Veeran.
A noted film analyst and critic, Sreedhar Pillai had Tweeted – The sad death of #Ashok illustrates the plight of Tamil film Producers caught in the web of film financiers who charge “blade” interest rates. Unless institutional finance (banks) is provided, there is no escape from the clutches of these mafias.
As a mark of respect, Ritchie’s audio launch that was to held today has been cancelled. Theeran Adhigaram Ondru success meet has been pushed to another date as well.