Authorities raise eyes, as Nithya Menon sits in the cockpit


South Indian film industry actress and playback singer Nithya Menon has faced a problem recently as she sat in the cockpit of the Air India flight. Her stunt has caused de-roster of two pilots. The flight took off from Bangalore and landed at Hyderabad. Nithya went to cockpit mid flight.

The actress wanted to sit in the cockpit of the flight and the pilots of that particular flight allowed her to do so. It seems the pilots extended their hospitality a bit far to this south Indian beauty.  After the news came into notice, pilots Jagmohan Singh Reddy and S Kiran were suspended with immediate effect. The authorities have started investigating the case. The pilots have been suspended for compromising the safety of passengers’ onboard flight.

The case came into light after a senior government scientist reported to the authorities. That scientist had also boarded the same flight.

According to the rules, other than pilots, investigators of the Air Force, trainee pilots and traffic observers are only allowed to sit in the cockpit of aircraft. The entries of others have been strictly prohibited especially after the terrorist attack of September 2011.

Nithya is a popular celebrity of south Indian cinema. She has acted in a number of Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam movies. In 1998, she appeared in an English movie as a child actor. That time she was studying in school. Then in 2005, she acted in a Kannada movie. In 2009, she received Filmfare best supporting actress award for the Kannada movie ‘Josh’. Between 2009 and 2010, she appeared in 6 movies. In 2011, she acted in Telugu movie ‘Ala Modalaindi’. This movie got her many appreciations. She received Nandi award for the best actress and was nominated Filmfare award for the best Telugu actress. The Hyderabad Times Film Award 2011 conferred her as the ‘promising new comer’. In 2012, she received two awards, the one for the most popular actress and the other for the best actress. In this year, she will have 6 releases in Telugu, Kannada and Tamil languages. She has also begun filming for 2 movies for 2014.

As a playback singer, she has sung in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada movies.

Nithya Menon was born in Bangalore to Malayali parents. She earlier wanted to study journalism. She studied journalism from Manipal but subsequently got interested in film making. While studying film making, she was chosen for acting.