Bollywood actor Asif Basra died by suicide on Thursday in Dharamshala (Dharamshala) in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh near a cafe on Jogibada Road in McLeodganj. The actor was reportedly found hanging at the complex.
An investigation into the matter is underway. "Film actor Asif Basra was found hanging in a private complex in Dharamshala. Forensic team is at the spot and police is investigating the matter" ANI quoted SSP Kangra Vimukt Ranjan as saying.
Reacting to the news, filmmaker Hansal Mehta tweeted: "Can't be true... This is just very, very sad (sic)."
Asif Basra was a well-known face in the entertainment industry. He played the character of Qureshi in Anurag Kashyap’s docu-drama Black Friday but the cinema enthusiasts sat up and took notice of his talent after Rahul Dholakia’s Parzania. However, that one role which made him famous among the Hindi cinema audiences was that of Emraan Hashmi’s cop father in the biggest hit of 2010, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai. He was also seen in late Sushant Singh Rajput's film Kai Po Che.
He was very respected in the Indian theatre circuit as well, especially for the five characters he played in Firoz Abbas Khan’s very acclaimed show Mahatma V/S Gandhi.
He also worked with actors like Omar Sharif and Peter O'Toole in historical drama One Night with the King. Apart from this, he has been a part of shows like Paatal Lok, Woh, Hostages.