Asha Bhosle's daughter commits suicide

Published: October 8, 2012
File photo of playback singer Asha Bhosle. PHOTO: IANS/FILE

File photo of playback singer Asha Bhosle. PHOTO: IANS/FILE

MUMBAI: Varsha Bhosle, daughter of playback singer Asha Bhosle, committed suicide at their Peddar Road residence here Monday. Varsha, 56, shot herself in the head, police said.

The incident occurred around 12.30pm.

Police have arrived on the spot and are investigating. No suicide note has been found from the spot yet. According to police, Varsha pumped two rounds into herself.

The entire area has been cordoned off and people are being restricted from going near the place. A flat in the building is also occupied by Asha’s elder sister and singing legend Lata Mangeshkar.

Varsha, who worked as a freelance journalist, was divorced and had also tried to commit suicide in 2008 and 2010 by consuming a heavy dose of sleeping pills. She was, however, immediately taken to the hospital and saved.

Varsha stayed with her mother, who is currently attending a function in Singapore.

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  • Oct 8, 2012 - 1:35PM

    56 year old daughter? Sure?Recommend

  • Hassan K Bajwa
    Oct 8, 2012 - 2:26PM

    Just a second please… How does a person who has shot herself, manage to shoot herself AGAIN???
    Methinks some conclusions have been jumped to in this case.


  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 8, 2012 - 2:28PM

    May she rest in peace.


  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 8, 2012 - 2:38PM

    @Hassan K Bajwa: Please clarify your question. I can’t get your point.


  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 8, 2012 - 2:42PM

    @Amitabh Bachchan: Probably a typo error. May she was 36 years old. Her mother should confirm the correct age of late Varsha Bhosle.


  • Jamshaid Ashraf
    Oct 8, 2012 - 2:47PM

    Tribune, is it really a headline for your news site? Do you have any criteria to decide which news should be the top news or any news can be picked randomly!


  • AF
    Oct 8, 2012 - 3:02PM

    Asha is 79 years old and her daughter can be 56 years old. its only 23 years difference


  • ETrebel
    Oct 8, 2012 - 3:02PM

    @ Bajwa, It has and can happen. Could have been a semi automatic/automatic weapon, or a double barreled shotgun…

    Anyway. Sad to hear regardless of what happened, my sympathies and condolences go out to Asha. More help for people who are in this sort of a situation is needed on our side of the border too, emergency helplines etc. Who knows how many people commit suicide due to hardships in our own nation. RIP.


  • Osama Mansoor
    Oct 8, 2012 - 3:03PM
  • blah
    Oct 8, 2012 - 3:05PM

    whats wrong with 56 year old daughter???Recommend

  • Emmad
    Oct 8, 2012 - 3:08PM

    @ Jamshaid…….i second that…


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 8, 2012 - 3:09PM

    Very unfortunate but no one can shoot twice in his or her own head. There is certainly someone else also involved, who, is for the investigators to find out. Anyhow, if her daughter was 56 than kudos to Asha Jee who is still very much in singing.Recommend

  • Anas
    Oct 8, 2012 - 3:14PM

    How can a person shoot himself twice ? :S


  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 8, 2012 - 3:21PM

    @Emmad: Me too. Let’s forgive ET once more..


  • Prakash
    Oct 8, 2012 - 3:25PM

    With an automatic.


  • Hassan Nasir
    Oct 8, 2012 - 3:32PM

    @Hassan K Bajwa: Dude, you might like to read the Jasusi Digest more and jump to such conclusions. It is possible indeed to shoot oneself twice in quick succession or even thrice! It all depends on the speed of dying!


  • Enlightened
    Oct 8, 2012 - 3:34PM

    Asha Bhonsle (now 79 yrs old) daughter Varsha’s age has been correctly stated as 56 since Asha got married at the young age of 15 only and has three children, one son and two daughters.


  • Oct 8, 2012 - 3:57PM

    This is really really sad.

    Just shows professional success does not necessarily lead to peace in life.


  • sohaib zeshan
    Oct 8, 2012 - 3:57PM

    plZ tell me who is asha bosley? Is she some famous ‘play back singer’ in india?Recommend

  • mc duffy
    Oct 8, 2012 - 3:57PM

    @Aijaz Haider: please read the story carefully, he means how can a person shoot themselves two times in the head.


  • Truth Detector
    Oct 8, 2012 - 4:20PM

    Sorry to hear the news but why is it that big a news on Pakistani news site?Recommend

  • Maher
    Oct 8, 2012 - 4:43PM

    @ Hassan Nasir.. She had a riffle not a machine gun


  • Enlightened
    Oct 8, 2012 - 5:20PM

    @sohaib zeshan:
    You are spot on in your guess. Asha is younger sister of Lata Mangeshkar who is also a famous singer.


  • Bashaar M Jamil
    Oct 8, 2012 - 5:24PM

    @Hassan K Bajwa: Where does it say that she shot her self twice again?


  • M
    Oct 8, 2012 - 5:28PM

    What is the point of highlighting this news on a major PAKISTANI news website??


  • Waqar
    Oct 8, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Agree with Jamshaid Ashraf… it realy a news for Tribune???? The first question came to my mind after reading this headline…come on tribune dont make any thing a headline. keep ur news standards high


  • Kamran
    Oct 8, 2012 - 5:37PM


    Is this news bigger than 100’s of suicides taking place in Pak? What is wrong with you guys?


  • sabi
    Oct 8, 2012 - 5:47PM

    What’s wrong with the age? How old is Asha gee may be above 76!
    My deep condolences to Asha gee..


  • Idiots
    Oct 8, 2012 - 6:31PM

    Her mother is about 80 years old. So the daughter can be 56.Recommend

  • LionOfPunjab
    Oct 8, 2012 - 6:41PM

    May her soul rest in peace!
    It is amazing all the posters are debating about the victim’s age or cause. Not a word of sympathy?!
    This shows how insensitive we have become due to daily hate and violence in pakistan.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 8, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Very sad incident. God bless family of a great legend.


  • sohaib zeshan
    Oct 8, 2012 - 7:08PM

    @Enlightened: i did not make any guess. It was written in the start of the article. But i’ve heard her (Asha’s) name first time.Recommend

  • Sonia
    Oct 8, 2012 - 7:10PM

    A divorcee and a freelancer- with an over the top famous mom who had everything- fame, money and love of a husband and a family. It is not difficult to deduce the reason of suicide. I sympathy the woman, who had no chance at a second marriage maybe coz of her second name, a second hand fame and nothing much to her name- to say the least about the love of children at the age of 56!!!

    It is very difficult for general public to realize her agony- but severe depression must have been the reason!


  • Shahid Butt
    Oct 8, 2012 - 7:14PM

    This is for ET. this is a sad news but it should not be a lead news on ET


  • hsn
    Oct 8, 2012 - 7:15PM

    auromatic pistol ……..cmon


  • Morons
    Oct 8, 2012 - 7:51PM

    @Amitabh Bachchan:
    She can also be adopted.Recommend

  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 8, 2012 - 10:11PM

    @maryam zahoor: True peace is for those who are at peace with The Creator.


  • gp65
    Oct 8, 2012 - 10:12PM

    @Amitabh Bachchan: “56 year old daughter? Sure?

    Asha is 79 years old and was married at age 16. 56 is the correct age and by the way Varsha is not even her eldest child. Hemant Bhonsle is older.

    SOme of the singers who have healed the wounds of others have themselves led such sad lves- Jagjit Singh, Asha…Hope God gives her the strength to cope with this.


  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 8, 2012 - 10:18PM

    @sohaib zeshan: Yes!


  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 8, 2012 - 10:25PM

    @mc duffy: Thanks. I read the article again. It s not possible to pump two rounds after falling dead by the first bullet.


  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 8, 2012 - 10:33PM

    @Bashaar M Jamil: Read “Varsha pumped two rounds into herself.”


  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 8, 2012 - 10:36PM

    @LionOfPunjab: May she rest in peace.


  • bball
    Oct 8, 2012 - 10:45PM

    Ayesha Bhosle’s songs have been playing in Pakistan streets/homes/markets since decades and you will still hear them off and on walking through almost anywhere. Sure this was ayesha’s daughter, of course not her so the question may arise whether it should be a story but I don’t see anything wrong with it as ayesha has been a household name in pak for ages now.


  • Oct 9, 2012 - 12:02AM

    @Aijaz Haider:
    What is wrong with having a 56 year old daughter? Why is everyone so surprised? Asha Bhosle is about 75+. having a daughter of that age should be no surprise.
    May she rest in peace.


  • Asok
    Oct 9, 2012 - 1:57AM

    She is famous for being a right wing journalist. I don’t know why people are just discussing irrelevant stuff above.


  • Aijaz Haider
    Oct 9, 2012 - 4:18AM

    @Naushad Shafkat: I am not at all surprised. Amitabh Bachchan started the debate with his first and only comment, Seems llke he is not very friendly with Asha Bhosle.


  • A. Khan
    Oct 9, 2012 - 7:00AM

    @Amitabh Bachchan:

    Why is this an issue ? Do you have any idea how old Asha Bhosle is ?


  • Oct 9, 2012 - 8:21AM

    RIP Varsha Bhosle.


  • anwar suhail
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:55AM

    I’m am impressed by the level of intellect here!!!
    And ET, it seems is short of news. It’s turning into a tabloid.
    grow up ET.


  • RHS
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:12AM

    Very sad news. Our condolences to Asha Bhosle and the entire family. For some odd
    reason Varsha Bhosle expressed great animosity towards Pakistan in her writings. She was certainly a right wing India nationalist and ignored the love and admiration that people in Pakistan had for her mother (and still do). In any case “Rest In Peace” Varsha Bosle. 56 is too young an age to depart from this world. I was really sorry to see hear about this even though she kept a very hostile posture towards Pakistanis. We will wait for Farzana from India to write about her.


  • jagjit sidhoo.
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:24AM

    @sohaib zeshan: Go to you tube and search for Asha Bhosle and you will be surprised how many of her songs you have been humming . If you had bee n buying original CD’s and DVD’s you would have been better informed.


  • sohaib zeshan
    Oct 9, 2012 - 2:15PM

    guys saying here ‘may her soul rest in peace’ why should we pray for her when we know it is impossible.Recommend

  • i like it
    Oct 10, 2012 - 4:08AM


    auromatic!!! hahaaahaa thats a real bad therapy session


  • Rakib
    Oct 10, 2012 - 8:01AM

    @sohaib zeshan: guys saying here ‘may her soul rest in peace’ why should we pray for her when we know it is impossible.
    Which prayers of who meant for whom have worked for certain one knows not for certain. It therefore makes better sense to pray simply because it makes one feel good.


  • but one question arisis if we cant bother to favour non muslims then y our prophet Muhammmad PBUH have asked us to treat equally all even none muslims..Recommend

  • Oct 12, 2012 - 10:21PM

    when death tolls its bell no one exactally knows its limits…similarly one must not plunge into the quagmare of doubts..only the victimizded person can know the extent of that lurking danger..
    i request those who are on the verge of criticism not to make fun of others keeping in mind the preachings of our islam…Recommend

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