Indian actor Asif Basra of ‘Outsourced’ is dead at age 53

Theresa Braine, New York Daily News
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Indian actor Asif Basra, best known for his star turn in 2006 1/4 u2032s “Outsourced,” was found dead Thursday in Dharamsala, northern India.

He was 53.

Police are treating the death as a suicide, Variety reported.

Born in Amravati in western India in 1967, Basra garnered several international credits. First it was “Quicksand” in 2002, a joint venture between the U.S. and India directed by Sam Firstenberg and starring Michael Dudikoff.

He was prominent in Indian independent films as well, including “Black Friday” in 2004, directed by Anurag Kashyap, and “Parzania” in 2005, made by Rahul Dholakia, Variety said.

It was as one of the leads in “Outsourced,” in 2006, that got Basra international attention. Also in 2006, he appeared in Michael O. Sajbel’s “One Night with the King,” whose cast included Omar Sharif and Peter O’Toole.

He also had recently finished production on the crime drama thriller “Black Bud,” directed by Amol Kale, and played prominent parts in Amazon Prime Video’s web series “Pataal Lok” and in “Hostages” on Hotstar, a Disney channel, Deadline reported.

The shock of friends and colleagues reverberated across the internet.

Priyanka Chopra is among Hollywood stars paying tribute to Basra.

“RIP Asif Basra,” she tweeted. “A terrible loss of a talented, versatile artist. My deepest condolences to the family.”

“What? This is too shocking!! Shot with him just before Lockdown!!!” tweeted actor Bajpayee Manoj. “Oh My God!!!”

Fellow actors remembered him as fun-loving, joyous and with a great sense of humor. The well-known Bollywood actor also had a rich theater background, which also endeared him in the film and television worlds, Indian media reported.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention lifeline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-273-8255.

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