The year 2020 has dealt many shocking blows. In yet another tragic news from the entertainment industry, actor Asif Basra was found dead in his home in McLeodganj in Dharamshala on Thursday. A forensic team has arrived to investigate whether it was death by suicide.
— BombayTimes (@bombaytimes) November 12, 2020
The 53-year-old actor had a property on lease in McLeodganj and often visited the hill station, news agency Press Trust of India reported. Born in Maharashtra’s Amravati, Basra moved to Mumbai in 1989 to pursue his acting career.
Basra played the character of Qureshi in Anurag Kashyap’s docu-drama Black Friday but made his mark after Rahul Dholakia’s Parzania. He featured in the biggest hit of 2010, Emraan Hashmi-starrer Once Upon A Time in Mumbai, late Sushant Singh Rajput’s film Kai Po Che and Shahid Kapoor-Kareena Kapoor’s Jab We Met. Basra was most recently known for his role in the thriller web series Paatal Lok, and also featured in Woh and Hostages.
— salil arunkumar sand (@isalilsand) November 12, 2020
The news of his death has left Bollywood grieving. Casting director Mukesh Chhabra, who worked with Basra in Kai Po Che and Hostages 2 was in utter shock.
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
“Can’t be true... This is just very, very sad,” said filmmaker Hansal Mehta.
Asif Basra! Can't be true... This is just very, very sad.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) November 12, 2020
Nikitin Dheer, who worked with Basra in two films described him as “always full of life”. The actor stated that he was shocked and shaken to hear about the news.
— Nikitin Dheer (@nikitindheer) November 12, 2020
Actor Manoj Bajpaye, who worked with Basra in the film Dus Tola recalled the last time they worked together, just before the lockdown.
What? This is too shocking!! Shot with him just before Lockdown!!! Oh My God!!! https://t.co/alfYTGxChH
— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) November 12, 2020
“Can’t believe that we have lost him. Used to meet him so often at the park jogging. He would tell me not to jog sideways, I might lose balance and hurt myself,” film director Onir mentioned.
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
Actor Danish Husain described the news of his death as tragic and heartbreaking.
Oh this is tragic and heartbreaking. A dear friend and always had a good tip to give. We just acted together in #Hostages2 recently for @DisneyPlusHS Really heartbroken to hear about you dear friend 💔 #AsifBasra https://t.co/YH22KKUi61
— Danish Husain । دانش حُسین । दानिश हुसैन (@DanHusain) November 12, 2020
Director Rahul Dholakia expressed his sadness and stated that he was a wonderful actor and jovial fellow. “Hope you are at peace,” he tweeted.
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.
— rahul dholakia (@rahuldholakia) November 12, 2020
Actor Emraan Hashmi offered his condolences, as did actress Swara Bhasker.
2020 has been a cruel year. Rest in peace, Asif Basra.