Those who had worked with Taruni Sachdev remained shocked on hearing about her tragic death in an air crash in Nepal on Monday.

Taruni had acted in two Malayalam films – Vellinakshathram and Satyam – and featured in many advertisements. “I spotted her in an advertisement featuring Amitabh Bachchan and got in touch with her through Mr. Bachchan's manager. We were all amazed by the manner in which she performed. She was just five then and could render Malayalam dialogues after listening to it for a couple of times. I still remember the intensity with which she performed in the climax of the film, where even senior actors found it difficult to work against high-speed propellers,” Vinayan, who directed her in Vellinakshathram told The Hindu.

The film released in 2005 endeared her to Malayalam audience. Vinayan cast her in his next film too, along with Prithviraj and Priyamani. “But it was her character in Vellinakshathram that really made her popular. Especially that song, with animation graphics, was a favourite among children.” Vinayan remembered that she had called him when she came down to the State a couple of months back for shooting an advertisement. Her mother was also killed in the air crash.