Bollywood legend Asif Basra found dead in his home aged 53

Bollywood legend Asif Basra has been found dead at his home in Dharamshala, India aged 53.

Police are said to now be investigating his death after his body was discovered at a private complex in the city.

They added to Indian Express that they are treating the incident as non-suspicious.

A post-mortem is due to be carried out to determine the cause of death.

Basra enjoyed a glittering acting career in Bollywood over two decades.

He recently appeared in Amazon Prime's triller series Paatal Lok.

In the theatre he played Horatio in Shakespeare classic Hamlet.

In 2010 he appeared in One Upon A Time In Mumbai.

The filmed was Bollywood's top grossing film of the year.

After news of Basra's passing broke tributes were made online by colleagues and friends.

Director Hansal Mehta wrote:“Asif Basra! Can’t be true… This is just very, very sad."

Actress Maanvi Gagroo said: "This is terrible news. RIP Asif.

"Thank you for all your encouraging words every time we bumped into each other."

Meanwhile, actor Manoj Bajpai posted: “What? This is too shocking!! Shot with him just before Lockdown!!! Oh My God!!!”

Priyanka Chopra tweeted: ‘RIP Asif Basra.. A terrible loss of a talented, versatile artist. My deepest condolences to the family."

Meanwhile, Black Friday director Anurag Kashyap praised Basra's down to earth work ethic.

He told Variety: "He was the most unassuming and genteel actor I have worked with.

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He also starred in Bollywood's 2010 number one grossing 2010 film Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai as Shoib's (Emraan Hashmi) dad.

In 2019 Basra appeared on UK screens thanks to ITV drama series The Good Karma Hospital.

This year he appeared in Amazon Prime show Hostages.

Speaking about Basra's passing, the series director Sachin Krishn said: "I am stunned by the news.

"I don’t know the full facts. He was such a jovial person on sets.

"In fact, we used to envy his life because he would stay in the hills and come to Mumbai only to shoot. He was not only a fine actor but more importantly, a beautiful person. It feels like a personal loss."

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