Silk Smitha was essential to ensure success even in the films of superstars in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam. Smitha, who set fire to the screen with her easy steps and her intoxicating body, and the embers in her eyes, acted in more than 450 films in 17 years. But Smitha, who was synonymous with glamour in South Indian cinema, took her own life at the age of 36. 26 years ago today, on September 23, 1996, Smitha was found hanging dead at her residence in Kodambakkam. Various tests confirmed that it was suicide. But there was no satisfactory answer to the big question of why then and now.
In her own life, Smitha did not have success in the films she starred in. Due to her introverted nature, and outspoken nature, Smitha did not have many friends. Her behavior was often criticized as egotistical and arrogant. There are numerous stories, such as when Shivaji Ganesan arrived on set with his legs crossed; she did not attend the meeting called by MGR, the Chief Minister, and instead went to shoot in Andhra Pradesh. Smitha did not have the skills to defend herself, except to get involved. In scenes with changing colors and dim lighting, Smitha's desire for acting scenes that did not only come and go with dance moves was very limited. Smitha got a chance to act in very few films like Moonraam Pirai, Alaikal Vagthillai, Atharvam, and Sphadikam. The desire to make the film also led to heavy financial losses. There was no desire to fall in love except for cash.
Smitha had called her close friends, actress Anuradha and actor Ravichandran, on the day before her death. She said she had something to talk about and wanted to see. But, Anuradha comes to meet Smitha after and finds Smitha hanging.
Vijayalakshmi was born in 1960 in a village called Kowvali near Elur, Andhra, and stepped into the film industry as a touch-up girl. Anthony Eastman gave Smitha a new name for the role of Inaye Pekhi. Vinu Chakraborty gave it new life. Charayakari Smitha, in the movie Vandichakram in 1980, was made into Silk Smitha. Then it became a name and a symbol.
Films inspired by Smitha's life came out in Hindi, Kannada, and Malayalam. The only reason why the life that had so many dreams, desires, and hopes ended so suddenly is still unknown to the audience.