Press Trust of India
October 08, 2012 18:18 IST
Veteran Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle's daughter Varsha, who was suffering from depression, today committed suicide by shooting herself, police said.
A singer and columnist, Varsha, 56, shot herself in the
temple with a pistol of Belgian make at her residence in
'Prabhu Kunj' apartments on posh Peddar Road in South Mumbai.
She has not left behind any suicide note, Additional
Commissioner of Police (South) Krishna Prakash said, adding
police are trying to find out in whose name the pistol was
She was alone in the house at the time of the incident,
Varsha, the second of Asha Bhosle's three children with
first husband Ganpatrao Bhosle, had worked as a playback
singer in some Hindi and Marathi movies besides appearing in
concerts with her mother. She also used to write columns for
web portals and magazines.
Prakash said Varsha's maid servant Deepali Mane knocked
on the door of Bhosle's house around 10 am but no one
Worried, she contacted Asha Bhosle's driver who told her
that Varsha might be sleeping. After some time the maid went
to the flat again but nobody opened the door.
The driver then entered the flat through Asha's elder
sister Lata Mangeshkar's adjacent flat and found Varsha lying
in a pool of blood on a sofa. Police were called in and
Varsha was taken to a nearby hospital where she was declared
brought dead, the officer said.
Asha Bhosle had recently shifted to a new house in
Varsha had reportedly tried to end her life twice in
the past with an overdose of sleeping pills.
She had married a sports writer and public relations
professional but the couple divorced in 1998, sources close
to the family said.
Prakash said police had learnt that Varsha wanted to
start an orphanage with famous fashion photographer Gautam
Rajadakshya, who passed away last year.
Varsha, who was said to be very close to Rajadhyaksha,
was distraught after his death and was under medication for
Asha Bhosle, who is away in Singapore, has cut short her
stay and taken a flight back, sources close to the family
Meanwhile, the body has been taken to JJ Hospital for
post mortem, police said.