Godmen do extraordinarily well in India. From financial fraud to rape, these self-styled godmen seem to be grabbing national headlines on a fairly regular basis. The fanatic following of these godmen often baffles the commoners, making them wonder just who are these people?
In 2010, the nation was taken unawares when a video allegedly showing controversial godman Swami Nithyananda. But who was the woman sharing a bed with the godman? Well, it was a setback for the entire southern film industry as the woman was recognized as none other than famous actress Ranjitha. Both were in a compromising position and it was splashed across television channels down South.
Swami Nithyananda and Ranjitha both maintained that the video was morphed and even went to court demanding an investigation into the sex tape. The Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Bengaluru confirmed that the video had not been tampered with, but Swami Nithyananda refuted the claim and challenged the findings.
Now, the central forensic lab has also confirmed that it was indeed Swami Nithyananda and Ranjitha who are in the video, according to reports.
Born as Sreevalli, she was given the name Ranjitha by National Award-winning director P Bharathiraja, who launched her in the Tamil film industry with the 1992 film Nadodi Thendral. She has worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films with top actors.
Ranjitha won the Nandi Award, the highest award for excellence in cinema sponsored by the Andhra Pradesh government, for Best Supporting Actress for SV Krishna Reddy’s Telugu film Maavichiguru in 1996.
Ranjitha continued playing a leading lady till her marriage to Rakesh Menon, an Army major, in 2000. The two had known each other since their college days. Ranjitha and Rakesh’s marriage ended in 2007.