Director Balu Mahendra was laid to rest today. The 74 year old director passed away yesterday morning and his mortal remains had been kept at his acitng school in Saligramam, Chennai. Hundreds of celebrities and Thousands of fans visited to pay last homage to the master craftsman.
Today morning situation took an ugly turn when news came out that Mounika an actress and the second wife of the deceased director was not allowed to be near her husband at the time of his death. Balu Mahendra's erstwhile assistants, who are famous directors today, are rumored to be instrumental behind this prohibition.
However Leena Manimekalai a feminist and a short film maker, who took part in the last rites has confirmed in her Facebook page stating, "Mounika is here with Balu Appa. Peace!"
This has brought a sigh of relief in everyone, who have been raising their voice to uphold Mounika's rights as a wife to mourn for her husband's death in an appropriate manner.