Indian Actor Asif Basra Dies at 53

Naman Ramachandran
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Indian actor Asif Basra, known for his starring role in 2006 film “Outsourced,” was found dead in Dharamsala, northern India, on Thursday. He was 53. The police are treating the death as a case of suicide.

Basra was born in Amravati, western India, in 1967. One of the few Indian actors to have several international credits, he debuted in Sam Firstenberg’s U.S./India co-production “Quicksand” (2002), starring Michael Dudikoff. He was also noticed for his roles in acclaimed Indian indies such as Anurag Kashyap’s “Black Friday” (2004) and Rahul Dholakia’s “Parzania” (2005).

Basra rose to international prominence as one of the leads in John Jeffcoat’s “Outsourced” (2006). The same year, he was in Michael O. Sajbel’s “One Night with the King,” where the cast also included Omar Sharif and Peter O’Toole.

In Bollywood, Basra had significant roles in “Jab We Met” (2007), “Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai” (2010) and “Kai Po Che” (2013). He was also known for his role in Gujarati-language film “Wrong Side Raju” (2016), co-produced by Kashyap’s Phantom Films.

In 2019, Basra featured in an episode of ITV series “The Good Karma Hospital.”

Professionally, 2020 was one of the best years for Basra. He had prominent roles in two acclaimed streaming series — Amazon Prime Video’s “Pataal Lok” and “Hostages” on Disney’s Hotstar.

“RIP Asif Basra.. A terrible loss of a talented, versatile artist. My deepest condolences to the family,” tweeted Bollywood and Hollywood star Priyanka Chopra Jonas.