Despite Balu Mahendra acknowledging actress Mounika as his wife, she was not allowed to pay her last respects to him. As soon as news spread that Balu Mahendra succumbed to a massive heart attack at the Vijaya Hospital in Chennai, Mounika rushed to pay homage but she was stopped by some belonging to the film fraternity.

Sources say that Bala and Archana were among those who did not Mounika there. After returning without being able to see her husband for the one last time, Mounika pleaded with others and finally the Directors’ Union came to her rescue. She was allowed in and it was heart-wrenching to see her tears, say sources. It may be mentioned here that Balu Mahendra had acknowledged her as his second wife way back in 2004 after they had married at a temple on January 26th, 1998.