RIP Sameer Sharma: How Many People Will Bollywood Lose to Suicide?


RIP Sameer Sharma: How Many People Will Bollywood Lose to Suicide?

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

Popular TV actor Sameer Sharma was found dead in his Malad apartment late on Wednesday night. The police said that the 44-year-old took his own life.

Sharma was best known for appearances in a number of TV shows, including Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, and Left Right Left. He has also featured in films like Hassi Toh Phassi and Ittefaq.

A security guard at the actor’s Malad building was the first to find the actor’s body hanging in his flat, following which he alerted the neighbours, the police said. The body has now been sent for an autopsy and a case of accidental death has been registered.

The police also indicated that the actor had died two days prior to his body being recovered. No suicide note was found in his home.

News of Sharma’s death, barely two months after the controversial death of Sushant Singh Rajput, has come as another shock to the film and TV industry. Several fans and peers of the actor took to social media to pay their condolences.

Actors Siddharth Malhotra, and Varun Dhawan mourned the actor’s death in separate Instagram posts. Malhotra shared a still from Hasee Toh Phasee — in which he featured along with Sharma — and termed the situation “really sad and unfortunate”.

“I’m taken aback by this rather appalling news. It is very unfortunate to lose someone so close to us. We really connected over music… It is very hard to come to terms with this,” Ritvik Arora, the actor’s co-star in Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke, said in an interview.

The death has also kept the growing conversation surrounding mental health going, which was first renewed after Sushant Singh Rajput’s unfortunate death in June.

As the police investigate the circumstances leading to the actor’s death, 2020, it seems, is still hell-bent on proving that it’s the worst year on record.