Small-time actor found dead in Mumbai

Last Updated 17 May 2015, 19:36 IST

A small time Bollywood actress has been found dead at her rented apartment in city's plush Versova area, police said today.

Actress Shikha Joshi (40) was found lying in a pool of blood with a knife lodged inside her throat in her flat at MHADA's Rajyog Society yesterday where she lived with her roommate, investigation officer of Versova police station told PTI.

Prima facie, police suspect it to be a case of suicide, however, no suicide note has been recovered from the site.

"No suicide note has been recovered so far but primarily it seems to be a case of suicide," the officer said.

Police said when the actress' roommate reached the flat and knocked the door, Joshi, who was inside the flat, asked her to wait and said she will open the door in couple of minutes. But even after a while when Joshi did not open the door, her roommate opened it with her keys and found the actress dead with a sharp knife stabbed into her throat.
Actress' roommate then rushed her to nearby Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, where she was declared brought dead.

"Police team was alerted by neighbours in night after which we took the body and sent it for post-mortem. From preliminary investigation, we have learnt that she was under depression," the officer said.

Actress' 19-year-old daughter, who lives in Delhi, has been informed about the incident.
According to police, Joshi had raked up a controversy in 2011 when alleged molestation by a doctor, who had done her breast implant surgery.

Joshi had got breast implant surgery done by the accused doctor in 2006 but after five years, she found a lump in her breast and visited the doctor again, the officer said.
"She had accused the doctor of molesting her by touching her inappropriately," he added.

The actress has featured in a small role in 2012 film "BA Pass" along side lead actress Shilpa Shukla.

(Published 17 May 2015, 16:58 IST)

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