An aspiring Bollywood actress was murdered in the most gruesome way by two fellow actors she befriended on the set of her latest film. Meenakshi Thapa was kidnapped and beheaded last month by Amit Jaiswall and his lover Preeti Elvina Surin in an attempt to receive a ransom payment. She had met the fellow thespians on the set of Madhur Bhandarkar's yet-to-be-released film Heroine, where she had a bit-part role. Thapa's mother is believed to have paid 60,000 Rupees, but never saw her daughter again. A detective told The Telegraph: 'They wanted to extort money from her family. They have confessed to the crime. She was strangulated in a hotel and her body was hacked into pieces and thrown in a water tank. 'They threw her head from a moving bus while traveling back to Mumbai. Mumbai crime branch policemen recovered the body from Surin's house in Allahabad on Wednesday.
Jaiswal and Surin confessed before the Mumbai Police after their arrest on Saturday night that they were taken in by the 26-year-old struggling actor's pretentious stories about her 'affluent family'. 'The accused believed that Thapa was from a wealthy family because her lifestyle, despite not landing a big film role, hid the fact that she actually came from a middleclass background.
Hence, they plotted to kidnap her for a ransom of 1,500,000 Rupees and kill her after the payment was made,' a police officer said. Meenakshi was a struggler who earlier played a minor role in last year's horror flick 404 and did some TV commercials