LOS ANGELES: Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra’s helper, Jiban Patra, who accompanied her, along with the rest of her crew, to Los Angeles, was mysteriously found dead at the Los Angeles Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunday, 7 April 2013.
Priyanka Chopra, who was not allowed to leave Los Angeles due to the mysterious death of Jiban Patra, called up her long-time friend and colleague, Uday Chopra, to seek help regarding the legal matters of Jiban’s death. Uday Chopra put his Los Angeles attorney, Arnold P Peter, who handles cases related to the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, on to the case who made it possible for Priyanka to return to India.
The actor’s team announced: “Mr Patra’s remains are expected to arrive in India this week. The process of repatriation is underway as we speak.” She also added that the financial commitments for the repatriation of the body have been fulfilled by Priyanka. She also told us that Priyanka was not familiar with Jiban’s family as he was always hired as a ‘replacement helper’. However, she tells us the actor has spoken to Jiban’s family and Jiban’s father had requested Priyanka to keep quiet about Jiban’s death in the best interest of his grieving daughter-in-law.
Priyanka and her crew were supposed to finish work at Los Angeles and then go ahead to Vancouver. However, Jiban couldn’t obtain a Canadian Visa and had to stay back in Beverly Hills, where his body was discovered on 7 April. The spokesperson also added: “Priyanka stayed back till she could, but had to leave eventually because she had a shoot here. Besides, the NOC had finally come through and she did not have much to do thereafter.”
The actor’s spokesperson added, “We have been in constant touch with the family to keep them updated on the matter. All details and financial requirements related to the repatriation were and are being handled directly by Ms. Chopra and her team in LA. We are making all efforts to ensure his family’s needs are taken care of at this unfortunate time.”
The actor is looking at helping the family including taking care of his children’s education.
Over the years Jiban Patra has worked with various Bollywood actors like Priyanka Chopra, Tabu, Aishwarya Rai.