V. J. Chitra
|Born||2 May 1992|
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Died||9 December 2020 (aged 28)|
Nazarethpettai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Education||Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College for women (2012–2014)|
Chitra Kamaraj (2 May 1992 – 9 December 2020), better known as V. J. Chitra and Chithu, was an Indian actress and anchor. She rose to fame with her role in the Tamil soap opera Pandian Stores, and made her film acting debut in Calls (2021). Chitra was found dead on 9 December 2020 in Nazarethpettai.
Chitra Kamaraj was born on 2 May 1992 in Chennai. Before becoming a full-time actor, she was a television host. After seeing Chitra host a television show, actress Raadhika reached out with an offer for her to act in Radaan Mediaworks' production Chinna Papa Periya Papa (2016) alongside senior actresses Nirosha and Nalini. The success of the series prompted her to sign up for other shows including Saravanan Meenatchi,Velunachi and Pandian Stores, where she portrayed the popular character of Mullai.
Chitra signed on to appear in her first film role in mid-2019 through Calls (2021). The film would feature her as a business process outsourcing professional and was shot in late 2019. It also marked her only film appearance in her life.
Personal life and death
Chitra got engaged to Hemanth Ravi, a businessman, in August 2020 and got register married in October 2020. Her wedding was scheduled to be in February 2021 before her death.
Chitra was found dead at a hotel room in Chennai’s Nazarethpettai on 9 December 2020. The suspected cause of death was suicide, and Hemanth was suspected of abetting her suicide. On 15 December, the police arrested Hemanth on these charges.
|2012||Vilayadu Vaagai Soodu||Anchor||Makkal TV||Tamil|
|2013||Sattam Solvathu Enna?||Anchor||Makkal TV||Tamil|
|2013–16||Saravanan Meenatchi (season 2)||Kalaiyarasi (Vettaiyan's friend)||Star Vijay||Tamil|
|2014||Nodiku Nodi Athiradi||Anchor||Makkal TV||Tamil|
|2014||Oor Suthalaam Vaanga||Anchor||Makkal TV||Tamil|
|2014||Mannan Magal||Vishali||Jaya TV||Tamil|
|2014||En Samayal Araiyil||Anchor||Makkal TV||Tamil|
|2014||Ossthi Comedy Kusthi||Anchor||Raadan||Tamil|
|2014||Ring O Ring||contestant||Vendhar TV||Tamil|
|2014–18||Chinna Papa Periya Papa||Periya Papa||Sun TV||Tamil|
|2015||Saa Boo Thri (season 2)||Anchor||Vendhar TV||Tamil|
|2015||Jill Jung Juk||Anchor||Vendhar TV||Tamil|
|2016–17||Darling Darling||Anitha (Honey)||Zee Tamil||Tamil|
|2016–17||Dance Jodi Dance||contestant||Zee Tamil||Tamil|
|2016–18||Aaha Maamiyar Oho Marumagal||Co-Anchor||Zee Tamil||Tamil|
|2017||Saravanan Meenatchi (season 3)||ghost (special appearance)||Star Vijay||Tamil|
|2017||Zee Dance League||contestant||Zee Tamil||Tamil|
|2017–18||Anjarai Petty||Host||Zee Tamil||Tamil|
|2018–19||Jodi Fun Unlimited||Contestant||Star Vijay||Tamil|
|2018–20||Pandian Stores||Mullai||Star Vijay||Tamil|
|2019||Raja Rani||Mullai (special appearance)||Star Vijay||Tamil|
|2019||Vasool Vettai||Anchor||Star Vijay||Tamil|
|2021||Calls||Nandhini||Tamil||Debut and Last film|
|Year||Film / serial||Award||Category||Result||Ref.|
|2021||_____||Behindwoods Gold Icons||Most Celebrated Actress On Television||Won|||
|_____||Femina Awards||Super Daughter||Won|||
|_____||Vijay Television Awards||Makkalin Naayagi||Won|||
|2021||Calls||Best Actor||Best Actor||Won|
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