There is a darker side to celeb lives that we sometimes forget about, or at least try to ignore. It is not a coincidence that lot of celebs find themselves facing depression, anxiety and even several mental disorders or illness. Some find themselves feeling so stressed out and nervous that they turn to suicide as a last resort. Recently, a 21-year-old Maldivian model Raudha Athif was found dead in her room. A medical student, Raudha, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself via a scarf she owned.
What starts with starry-eyed glitz ends up in hopelessness, and several celebrities have succumbed to the same. We list down some depressed celebrities who took the extreme step
Actor Pratyusha Banerjee who rose to fame with popular TV serial Balika Vadhu hung herself from the ceiling of her suburban residence. She was also a contestant on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 and was one of the participants of Bigg Boss 7 on Colors. She worked in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (TV series) in 2014 and was last seen in Hum Hain Na as the main female lead.
Nafisa Joseph was a popular VJ on MTV, an actress and a model. In July 2004, Joseph hanged herself with a pink dupatta from a ceiling fan in her living room in her Versova flat. She had been depressed after her fiancé Gautam Khanduja had broken off their engagement. He had told Joesph that he had been divorced for two years but he was still married to his wife. Apparently, Khanduja had blackmailed Joseph to not create any problems for him. The trial against Khanduja was stayed when he pointed out that Sameer Malhotra and Samir Soni had also broken engagements with her.
Kuljeet Randhawa had been a close friend of Nafisa Joseph, who was also her co-star in the serial C.A.T.S and had taken her death very hard. However, reportedly she had been doing well in February 2016. Randhawa had just finished the shooting of her film ‘By Chance’ and was playing a lead role in a show ‘Special Squad’. Yet, she was found dead from ceiling fan in the living room of her posh flat by her domestic helper. She had left behind a suicide note addressed to co-actor Bhanu Uday in which she said no one was responsible for her death.
The death of Jiah Khan sparked a controversy with the actor’s mother accusing Sooraj Pancholi of abetting the suicide. She was found dead in her apartment in 2013. Jiah had a lucky break in the film industry when she started out acting opposite established Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan. However, her career had not picked up greatly after that. Her death created a quite stir in Bollywood and noted stars like Aamir Khan, Siddharth Mallya, Prem Chopra, etc. attended her funeral. Few days later, her sister found a suicide note which mentioned a recent abortion and blamed Pancholi who had been in a live-in-relationship with her.
Named Vijayalakshmi, Silk Smitha had been an orphan in Andhra Pradesh who had been adopted by a woman. Those who knew her, state that her adoptive mother forced Smitha to accept all sorts of roles including soft porn ones. In September 1996, Smitha was found dead in her apartment in Chennai. The suicide was blamed on her failure to become a movie producer.
Bollywood actress Divya Bharti’s death remains a mystery. She allegedly jumped to death from her home in a five-storey apartment building, on April 5, 1993. The cause of Divya Bharti’s death died with her. Some say that she was under the influence of alcohol when she fell down the balcony of her apartment and some say she committed suicide.