At the time of her death she was on her way to an election rally for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) campaign in Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh. Her brother Amarnath, an employee of the BJP, was also killed in the plane crash.
She discontinued her medical education to enter the film industry in 1992.
She is daughter of noted Kannada producer and director Satyanarayana. She married her distant cousin Raghu Sridhar, a software engineer, in April 2003.