Manoj Bajpayee on “sinking feeling” after Asif Basra’s death

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After an incredible journey in the film industry, news about Asif Basra’s sudden demise on Thursday has left many stunned. Basra known for his work in films like ‘Kai Po Che!’ (2013) and ‘Black Friday’ (2004), was found hanged at his home in Dharamshala.

Expressing grief at Basra’s alleged suicide, Manoj Bajpayee told E-Times, “I don’t know what made him take this step.”

He commented further on the death, “I don’t exactly know how it all happened but it is a very sinking feeling. I don’t know how to respond to this”.

Bajpayee heard about the news via Twitter, and was devastated, especially as they had worked together just before lockdown, “He was such a happy-go-lucky person. I am unable to believe that he is no more.”

Bajpayee was full of praise in discussion about the man and actor, “He was a brilliant actor. There is no doubt about it…As a person, he was a joyful person. He was peace-loving and that was one of the reasons he chose to stay in Dharamshala”.

Recalling their last memories together, “We used to have lunch together and have long conversations about our professions, about the hills, about Mumbai and many things”.

Bajpayee’s confusion surrounding the situation was clear in some of his last words, “He was completely untouched by the cosmopolitan nature of the city and greed. He was at complete peace with himself. I don’t know what made him take this step.”

He confirmed that he and some of those who knew Basra are hoping to visit the family with their condolences.

Sitara Bartle

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