Bollywood actor Asif Basra (53) allegedly committed suicide on Thursday at his palatial rented residence in Himachal Pradesh town Dharamshala where he was staying for nearly four years, the police said. He committed suicide by hanging himself with a leash of his pet dog, Superintendent of Police Vimukt Ranjan told IANS. As per the police, just before the alleged suicide, he had returned from a stroll in the locality along with his dog.
No suicide note has been recovered. The police and the forensic team is at the spot and is investigating the matter and further details are awaited. It has been learnt that Basra, who was under depression, was staying here with a British woman.
Basra has done character roles in several Bollywood films including `Jab We Met,` `Ek Villain,` `Fanney Khan,` `Roy,` `Hichki,` among others. He has also worked in several web shows including Amazon Prime`s `Paatal Lok.`
As soon as the news of the actor’s sudden death spread, members from the film and television industry extended condolences to Asif Basra’s family and mourned his demise.
Actress Anushka Sharma took to her Instagram stories and wrote, “My sincere condolences and prayers with the family and loved ones. RIP Asif Basra.”
Actor Ali Fazal too mourned the talented star’s death. He wrote on Instagram, “Asif Bhai, May you find peace. Heart breaking!.”
Tony Kakkar took to Twitter and wrote, “So sad to hear about the untimely death of great actor #AsifBasra. Huge loss.”
So sad to hear about untimely death of great actor #AsifBasra
Huge loss 🙏
— Tony Kakkar (@TonyKakkar) November 12, 2020
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta tweeted, “Asif Basra! Can’t be true… This is just very, very sad.
Asif Basra! Can't be true… This is just very, very sad.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) November 12, 2020
Reacting to Hansal Mehta’s news of Asif Basra’s demise, actor Manoj Bajpayee wrote, “What? This is too shocking!! Shot with him just before Lockdown!!! Oh My God!!!”
What? This is too shocking!! Shot with him just before Lockdown!!! Oh My God!!! https://t.co/alfYTGxChH
— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) November 12, 2020
Indian film director Onir too took to micro-blogging site Twitter to express shock and disbelief. He wrote, “In shock. Cant believe that we have lost him. #asifbasra. Used to meet him so often at the park jogging. He would tell me not to jog sideways,I might loose balance and hurt myself.”
In shock. Cant believe that we have lost him. #asifbasra
Used to meet him so often at the park jogging. He would tell me not to jog sideways,I might loose balance and hurt myself.
"Paatal Lok" Actor Asif Basra Found Dead In Himachal Pradesh Home https://t.co/Fi6ld6MkyT via @ndtv
— অনির Onir اونیر ओनिर (@IamOnir) November 12, 2020
Television actor Karanvir Bohra wrote, “This is so so sad…. Rest in peace brother #AsifBasra.”
— Karanvir Bohra (@KVBohra) November 12, 2020
Casting director and filmmaker Mukesh Chhabra wrote, “This can’t be true Asif Bhai, we have done so much work together from Kai Po Che to Hostages 2. I can not believe this! Whatttt is happening??????????? #asifbasra.”
This can’t be true Asif Bhai, we have done so much work together from Kai Po Che to Hostages 2
I can not believe this!
Whatttt is happening??????????? #asifbasra 😞
— Mukesh Chhabra CSA (@CastingChhabra) November 12, 2020