“Just reading that Taruni Sachdev the girl child artist in ‘Paa’, has perished in Nepal plane crash .. please god may this not be true,” said Amitabh Bachchan hearing the dreaded news. Taruni the child actress who was caught in a plane crash, had played the role of a school girl in the Big B flick Paa.
She had boarded the Monday flight heading Nepal. All of just 14, young Taruni had acted in 50 commercials for many popular brands and a cameo role in Paa.Her plane was to land at Jomsom in western Nepal, crossing over a hilly terrain. Infact Big B recalls, “Jomsom, where the plane crash in Nepal took place is where we shot Khuda Gawah, a raw airfield and most difficult to land on.” Taruni, her mother along with 13 other Indians were killed on the spot, as the 20-seater plane slammed into a cliff at 9:45 a.m.
On confirming the news, Abhishek Bachchan says, “SHOCKED and very saddened to hear about the Nepal plane crash. Lost one of my cutest co-stars. Little Taruni Sachdev from PAA. Speechless.” There were 16 Indians and 2 Danes on the wrecked flight. Some bodies that have been recovered are yet to be identified. The Indian embassy has set up a 24/7 control room in Kathmandu for help. We extend heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved families.