Meenakshi Thapar, 26, who had appeared in the Indian horror film 404 last year, met the two aspiring actors who allegedly later killed her on the set of her latest film, Heroine, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph.
Amit Jaiswal, 36, and his lover Preeti Surin, allegedly decided to kidnap Ms Thapar after listening to her boast about her family’s wealth and status in Dehra Dun, in the Himalayan foothills of northern India.
They allegedly invited her on a trip with them to Gorakhpur, a small town close to India’s border with Nepal and known for its Buddhist temples, where they held her hostage and sent a message to Ms Thapar’s Nepali parents demanding 1,500,000 Rupees (£18,000).
According to police, her ‘fellow actors’ warned her mother they would force her daughter to take part in pornography films if their demands were not met.
Her mother paid 60,000 Rupees (£730) into her daughter’s account for her kidnappers to withdraw, but she was allegedly killed soon after. She was strangled to death, beheaded, and her body was dumped at two different sites as her killers made their way back to Mumbai.
Her torso was dumped in a water tank and her head thrown out of the bus window in a bag on the road to Mumbai. Jaiswal and Surin were later caught in possession of Ms Thapar’s mobile phone SIM and confessed to the murder.
According to police, the couple had fled to Mumbai from their home in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, after Jaiswal’s wife discovered their affair.
They had moved to India’s film city hoping to find stardom in its Bollywood studios.
“We are still investigating the case and both the accused along with a police team are visiting the crime spot. We have yet to recover the body.
“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,” a detective leading the inquiry told The Daily Telegraph.