Bringing the grim reality of Bollywood to light, Ashok Kumar, director Sasi Kumar’s cousin and co-producer, committed suicide on Tuesday citing harassment from a moneylender as reason. Ashok Kumar left a heartfelt note behind revealing why he had to take the extreme step and the seven year old transaction history with Madurai based money lender Anbuchezhiyan.
Ashok mentioned how Anbuchezhiyan had threatened the safety of women in his family. Below is the brief of what Ashok said in his suicide letter:
“Sasikumar was a boss better than the Almighty himself. He had given me all freedom and authority. But I have pushed this company into debt. Sasikumar only does good for everyone. But nobody reciprocated that kindness back to him. We have released all our films at the right moment in the past ten years. The biggest mistake we did was to borrow money from Anbuchezhiyan. He treated us very badly in the past six months. He threatened to kidnap the women in my family. Who could I ask for help? Officials, authorities, leaders of cine organisations were all on his side. He can’t be touched. To punish him isn’t it the Almighty’s job, isn’t it?
A person who I consider higher than my own life, Sasi, I couldn’t bear the torture you are being subjected to. I am killing myself as I am not able to save you from them. Don’t be a coward like me. I am leaving you amid cunning men, please forgive me for that. Don’t think of me. You have worked hard. The god who didn’t save me will save you and your family.”