Varsha Bhosle, the daughter of renowned singer Asha Bhosle, reportedly committed suicide today by shooting herself.
According to initial reports, Varsha had shot herself in the head, but it was not revealed where she had obtained the weapon from. Varsha shot herself at the singer's residence in the 'Prabhu Kunj' building in Peddar Road, the same building in which singer Lata Mangeshkar also lives.
Times Now reported that there was a licensed weapon present in the singer's residence which Varsha had used to shoot herself.
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 registered.
Prakash said Varsha's maid servant Deepali Mane knocked on the door of Bhosle's house around 10 am but no one answered.
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.
Bhosle was reportedly not at the residence at the time of the incident and was in Singapore attending an event. Her aunt, Lata, was also reportedly not at home at the time of the incident.
Her body was to be taken to the JJ Hospital in south Mumbai for a post mortem.
Varsha, who was 56-years-old had worked as a freelance journalist in the past.
She was married to and later divorced freelance sports writer Hemant Kenkre and reportedly had a history of depression, CNN IBN reported.
Varsha, was Asha's daughter from her first marriage to Ganpatrao Bhosle, and she retained her surname even after her mother married legendary music director RD Burman. Varsha used to divide time between her mother's house, their residence in Khar and her brother's house, given Asha's extensive travel schedules.
In 2008, she had reportedly attempted suicide by consuming sleeping pills, but had been rushed to hospital and was subsequently saved. However, family members had said it was due to an adverse reaction to medication she had taken. However, she had been seeking psychiatric care for a significant portion of her adult life.
Varsha had sung for a few films and had written for a range of publications during her career as a journalist. (Here is a link provided by Rediff on a piece written by her on her mother)
Police said they 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 depression.
Asha Bhosle has cut shot her stay in Singapore and has taken a flight back home.
with inputs from PTI