Asif Basra To Sushant Singh Rajput- Bollywood Actors Who Died By Suicide In 2020

It is definitely a disturbing trend. The curse of suicide has haunted the stars in Indian Cinema too, we have lost some of our most favorite stars in the last months.

Life changes are inevitable; adjusting to them may not be the same for everyone. Pandemic has affected people in many ways. The panic, social stigma, and economic instability have further added to the problem.

According to the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, ‘India reported an average of 381 deaths by suicide daily in 2019, totaling 1,39,123 fatalities over the year.’

It is definitely a disturbing trend. The curse of suicide has haunted the stars in Indian Cinema too. We have lost some of our most favorite stars in the last few months.

Here is the list of the suicides that have happened in Bollywood in the last few months:

  • Asif Basra

Bollywood actor Asif Basra was found dead in a private guest house in McLeodganj in Dharamshala on November 12.

“Film actor Asif Basra was found hanging in a private complex in Dharamshala. The forensic team is at the spot and police is investigating the matter,” SSP Kangra Vimukt Ranjan was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

  • Preksha Mehta

Popular 25-year-old actress Preksha Mehta, best known for featuring in shows such as “Crime Patrol”, “Meri Durga” and “Laal Ishq”, has reportedly died by suicide at her residence on 26th May.

Reportedly, the actress went into depression due to lack of work during the lockdown. She had returned to her hometown due to the spread of coronavirus in Mumbai.

  • Manmeet Grewal

On May 15, actor Manmeet Grewal, who worked on shows like “Aadat Se Majboor” and “Kuldeepak”, died by suicide after struggling with dwindling finances.

“The actor was in so much trouble, that he had to mortgage golden ornaments. He didn’t even have money to pay Rs 8500 as rent,” an officer from the police station said in the report.

  • Sameer Sharma

Television actor and model Sameer Sharma was found hanging from the kitchen ceiling at his Malad West residence in Mumbai on August 5. Sharma, 44, had worked in serials like ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’, ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki’ and ‘Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyar Ke’.

  • Sushant Singh Rajput

Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his flat in Mumbai on June 14, 2020. His demise came as a shock to many and condolences poured in from all quarters for the highly-talented actor who won several awards for his roles in movies like M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Sonchiriya, and Kedarnath.

Causes of Suicide During Pandemic

While the link between suicide and mental disorders (in particular, depression and alcohol use disorders) is well established, many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis. Further risk factors include the experience of loss, loneliness, discrimination, a relationship break-up, financial problems, chronic pain and illness, violence, abuse, and conflict or other humanitarian emergencies. The strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.

Prof. PK Dalal, President, Indian Psychiatric Society, “We are all aware that the effects of Covid-19 are not limited only to our physical health but are going to affect the psychological and emotional health of large a number of people in the country. As mental health professionals, it is our responsibility and duty to deal with the current situation with great courage, an extraordinary spirit, and a resilient mindset. We need to be in touch with the local community in every possible way and help the government in implementing necessary steps for prevention of further spread.”

According to Dr. Samir Parikh, Director, Fortis Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences, “It is important to promote the positive in suicide prevention, promoting resources for crisis intervention, mental health services, and peer support; let people know that there is hope in the darkness. When we change the public narrative to hope, connectedness, social support, treatment, and recovery we can transform systems from helplessness to inspiration.”

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