Bollywood actor Asif Basra has committed suicide. Suicide near a cafe located on Jogibada Road in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.
Mr. Basra, 53, was found dead in Himachal Pradesh’s Mcleodganj. The police said that they are investigating whether it was a case of death by suicide. The film fraternity paid tribute to the late actor on social media. Kareena Kapoor, who co-starred with the late actor in the 2007 film Jab We Met, on her Instagram story, wrote: “Rest in peace Asif Basra. Heartfelt condolences to the family and loves ones.” Anushka Sharma, the producer of the web-series Paatal Lok, in which Asif Basra started earlier this year, wrote: “My sincere condolences and prayers with the family and loves ones. RIP Asif Basra.”
ETimes spoke to the 2019 ‘Tashkent Files’ director Vivek Agnihotri, sometime back. Asif had an important role in ‘Tashkent Files’ where he shared screen space with Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty and Shweta Basu Prasad.
Vivek said that he was going to cast Basra even in his next, ‘Kashmir Files’. “But destiny had other plans,” Vivek added. Vivek and Asif go back a long way when Vivek used to direct the nail-biting thriller Saturday ‘Suspense’ on TV and Basra acted in it. “I am in shock and it is yet to sink in that he’s no more. I last met him when we had a party to celebrate the completion of the 100-day run of ‘Tashkent Files’. We had a blast. He was a personal friend.”
Vivek further said that Asif had loved working in ‘Tashkent Files’. “I found him quite fine when he did
‘Tashkent Files’, he was a bit bitter about Bollywood but then I guess many of us are, even I am,” Vivek added.
What exactly was Asif bitter about, we asked? Replied Vivek, “Well, I have nothing sensational to reveal here. We simply used to talk about how we don’t take good actors seriously in our industry. He used to say yahan ya to phir star hota hai ya everybody else hota hai. Supporting actors are not supported. He had issues about that,” and added, “But that’s true. I agreed with him.”
Bollywood stars remembered late actor Asif Basra
Manoj Bajpayee, reacting to filmmaker Hansal Mehta’s tweet, 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
Shraddha Kapoor, who co-starred with Asif Basra in the film Ek Villain, posted a picture of the late actor with a broken heart emoticon.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui tweeted, “It is unbelievable, yet another loss of a dear friend Asif Basra – gem of a talent and full of life personality. Rest in peace my friend – more power to family.”
Randeep Hooda, who worked with Asif Basra in Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, also paid tribute to the actor.
Divya Dutta wrote in her tweet, “Terribly shocked to hear about Asif Basra’s untimely demise. We shot together for Hostages 2. Looked such a happy free spirited man and was such a fab actor!! RIP Asif. This is hard to digest.”