Actor Asif Basra commits suicide in rented McLeodganj home

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Actor Asif Basra in a movie still
Actor Asif Basra in a movie still

McLeodganj : Well-known actor Asif Basra, who was recently seen in the OTT 'Paatal Lok' has allegedly committed suicide at his rented home in McLeodganj on Thursday.

The 53-year-old actor has featured in Bollywood movies like 'Jab We Met', 'Kai Po Che' and more.

The local residents have claimed that they had seen him playing and walking with his dog earlier in the day. His body was found hanging from the ceiling by his girlfriend, who informed the police. "Prima facie, it appears he hanged himself," Kangra SP Vimukt Ranjan told TOI.

No suicide note has been recovered so far by the investigating team.

"A team of forensic experts has lifted evidence from the spot. His family members will reach Dharamshala on Friday. The post-mortem will be carried out only after their arrival. Investigation continues," Ranjan said.

Reacting to his death, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui tweeted, "It is unbelievable, yet another loss of a dear friend #AsifBasra — gem of a talent & full of life personality…"

Several Bollywood actors and directors expressed shock at his sudden death. Actor Divya Dutta tweeted, "Terribly shocked to hear about @asifbasra's untimely demise. We shot together for #hostages2. Looked such a happy free-spirited man! And was such a fab actor!! Rip Asif. This is hard to digest." Ranvir Shorey posted, "Asif Basra was a warm, generous and exuberant co-actor and friend. He will be missed dearly. My heart goes out to his family and friends. RIP."

Director Rahul Dholakia wrote, "Shocked to hear about Basra!! What a wonderful actor and a jovial fellow — I mean why would he?? Very Sad — Had directed him in Parzania (Chagan), in Lamhaa (the Darzee ) — and also in society — Very sad to hear about his passing !! #asifbasra Hope you are at peace." Fellow director Vivek Agnihotri tweeted, "OMG... no way... you can’t do this Asif. We just did #TheTashkentFiles together and we were supposed to start my new film. OMG. What’s happening? Why? Not you? Never..."