Bollywood is the scariest place and we all are aware of it. Death, suicides, murders not only happen in the “reel” life but also in the “real” life of the actors. Well, mysterious deaths are not new to Bollywood and the biggest example is Jiah Khan’s tragic death.
Just a day ago, struggling model-actress Kritika Chaudhary, who made her television debut with a show named ‘Parichay’, was found dead in her apartment in Andheri, Mumbai. The actress, who was also seen in a small role in Kangana Ranaut’s Rajjo, was found lying dead for over three days at her Andheri Apartment. Reportedly, the cops found her decomposed body on Monday evening i.e. on June 12 after the neighbours complained of foul smell from her apartment.
The police have reportedly found something suspicious as the door of the room was locked from outside. While the police are investigating the matter, it remains to see if it’s a case of suicide or murder.
While the police are solving the lines of this case, here we look at some of these mysterious deaths involving the Bollywood celebs:
Jiah Khan: In the year 2013, actress Jiah Khan was found hanging in her apartment. Actor Sooraj Pancholi who was in a serious relationship with Jiah was the main accused in the case. It was reported that Sooraj was the main culprit because of whom Jiah took the decision to end her life. Jiah’s mother Rabia approached the court and appealed that the case be transferred to the CBI. However, even years after, the case remains unsolved. Jiah Khan has been a part of films like Ghajini opposite Aamir Khan and Housefull opposite Akshay Kumar.
Pratyusha Banerjee: Former Balika Vadhu actress Pratyusha Banerjee had committed suicide at her residence in Mumbai on April 1, 2016. Since the news of her suicide broke, it’s created the intense subject of speculations. With allegations from parents and close friends of late TV actress, it was said Pratyusha was suffering violence at the hands of boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh. While some of the friends alleged that Pratyusha was depressed due to financial problems and not so happening career. The post mortem report mentioned ‘asphyxia’, ligature marks were also seen around the neck. Pratyusha Banerjee’s body revealed ‘suffocation’ as the cause of death. It was also speculated that the actress was 2 months pregnant. Despite, police investigations and court hearings, Pratyusha’s death remains a mystery. If it is suicide or murder.
Divya Bharti: Even after 23 years, Divya Bharti’s death still remains mystery. On the night of April 4, 1993, the actress had fallen from the fifth-storey window ledge of Tulsi Apartments in Mumbai’s Versova, Andheri. The news was a shocker for the nation. The actress had married to Sajid Nadiadwala at an undisclosed ceremony eight months before the incident. At the time of the fatal fall, designer Neeta and her husband, psychiatrist Shyam Lulla, were at the Tulsi Apartments home. However, now it still remains mystery if the actress fell down under the influence of alcohol or it was a murder.
Parveen Babi: Veteran actress Parveen Babi met a lonely death on January 22, 2005. Once a glam doll, the actress had a tragic death and was rumoured to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Reportedly, as an effect of the diseases, she suspected people conspiring to kill her. Doctors claimed that she starved to death.
Nafisa Joseph: Death came too soon for model/VJ/actress Nafisa Joseph. Nafisa, who was to marry to businessman Gautam Khanduja, committed suicide by hanging herself in her apartment in Mumbai on July 29, 2004. According to her parents, Joseph allegedly took the step a few weeks before her marriage because her marriage was called off. Her depression made her to take this step!
Smita Patil: A national winning actress Smita Patil died at 31 due to complications during delivery. The actress died to complications after giving birth to her son Prateik. Around 20 years later director Mrinal Sen alleged that her death was a result of medical negligence.
Mukesh Rawal: Veteran television and film actor Mukesh Rawal, known for playing Vibhishan in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, was found dead on a railway track in Mumbai. As per reports, Mukesh Rawal died in a train accident while he was travelling for the dubbing of a Gujarati film. As soon as the news of his death broke, many reports suggested that it’s a case of suicide. Considering his body was found on a railway track. However, Rawal’s cousin sister-in-law Tejal Rawal has refuted the reports.
Shikha Joshi: Actress Shikha Joshi who acted in the highly critically acclaimed film BA Pass was found lying in a pool of blood in her Versova apartment in Mumbai on Saturday evening. The actress had rented the apartment and was living with a friend in New Mhada Colony. According to senior inspector Ravindranath Pawar of Versova police station, the actress locked herself in the bathroom taking a knife along with her and did not open the door for a long time. Her roommate knocked the door quite a few times asking Shikha why she was taking such a long time, the roommate then discovered the actress in a pool of blood when the door opened. The actress was seen in minor roles on television but was not having any major work opportunities in the film business, cited to be the reason for her drastic step. However, he death still remains a mystery.
Silk Smitha: Iconic actress Silk Smitha passed away at the early age of 36 after committing suicide. The actress was found dead in her Chennai apartment. Vidya Balan starrer The Dirty Picture, which was a biopic of Smitha’s life indicates how the showbiz got the best of the actress. Depression and problems in personal life were some of the reasons why Smitha took her life.
Kunal Singh: This super cute actor who starred in Dil Hi Dil Mein starring Sonali Bendre gave up his life for his failed relationship with his wife. His separation with wife and kids, took a toll on Kunal Singh and he hanged himself from the ceiling fan. Although, he was doing very well on a professional front but his personal life turned out to be a mess.
Manmohan Desai: He is the maker of epic movies like Amar Akhbar Anthony and Dharam Veer. The director was one of the most successful producer and director of his time. But, soon his career started facing lows and it’s said, this had left him depressed. Unfortunately, Manmohan Desai fell from the balcony of his house and this resulted in his death. It remains unclear if this was accident or suicide.
Mohanroop: Malayalam film director Mohanroop who is known for his films ‘Kankal Ariyamal’, ‘Excuse Me Ethu Collegila’, was reportedly found dead at his residence at Thrissur Mission Quarters, Kerala. According to the preliminary reports, the 57-year-old director had died of heart attack. After finding him dead at his residence, neighbours informed the police. Director Mohanroop who was living alone after he lost his wife few years ago, was survived by a daughter and a son.