In a tragic incident that struck the entire Bhojpuri film industry,(Bhojpuri) actress Manisha Rai, was killed in a road accident at 8: 30 pm on Friday in Ballia district in Uttar Pradesh. The actress was 45-years-old. Superintendent of Police S P Ganguly, informed the media stating, “Manisha Rai, a Bhojpuri film, actor died on the spot,” she said. She was on her way to a nearby shooting site with her associate Sanjiv Mishra on the motorcycle, Ganguly said. The actress’ body has been sent for post mortem.

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Manisha was reportedly on her way to a nearby shooting site with her associate Sanjiv Mishra on the motorcycle when a car hit her. The car driver, however, did not stop and drove away from the spot. Meanwhile, the police are on the lookout for the driver. Mishra has reportedly also sustained injuries in the accident. Twitterati started pouring in their tribute messages ever since the tragic news struck.

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On the professional front, Manisha is known for playing the lead role in Ujjwal Pandey’s short film ‘Kohabar’. Lately, two Marathi actors – Prarthana Behere and Aniket Vishwasrao – met with a road accident on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway in Maharashtra, when their car hit a divider. The accident reportedly took place when the actors, accompanied by their stylist and the driver, were on their way to Kolhapur for promoting their forthcoming film, Maska. However, the accident did not turn out to be fatal like this one. While Behere sustained injuries, Vishwasrao luckily escaped unhurt. Stay tuned to this space as we keep you updated with more information on this tragic incident.