Taking to her Twitter account, Pooja wrote, “The ones that smile the most often feel the most.. pain included. Shine on wherever you are Asif Basra.. and illuminate our path through these trying times and beyond #AsifBasra.”
Similarly, actor Divya Dutta, who worked with Asif Basra in Hostages, said, “We, as a society, should contemplate how somebody who looks so happy and content with life, could be going through a lot deep inside. It’s scary and we need to address it. Nobody could figure there was something bothering him, everyone would look at him and say, hey, he is so sorted. God bless his soul.”
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta tweeted, “Asif Basra! Can’t be true… This is just very, very sad. Reacting to Hansal Mehta’s news of Asif Basra’s demise, actor Manoj Bajpayee wrote, “What? This is too shocking!! Shot with him just before Lockdown!!! Oh My God!!!”
Meanwhile, filmmaker Siddharth P Malhotra, who directed Basra in the 2018 film Hichki, said the actor had told him that Dharamshala was his go-to place for peace. “I’m baffled. He was not an anti-life person. He was full of energy and life. Dharamshala was his go to place, he would love to go there and chill and be himself. He had said he would go there every year as he found peace there. He was a very intelligent, positive and happy person. He was content with work.”
On the work front, Basra has done character roles in several Bollywood films including Jab We Met, Ek Villain, Fanney Khan, Roy, Hichki, among others. He has also worked in several web shows including Amazon Prime’s Paatal Lok.
About his death, in a statement to ANI, SSP Kangra Vimukt Ranjan confirmed, “Film actor Asif Basra was found hanging in a private complex in Dharamshala. Forensic team is at the spot and police is investigating the matter.”