A 26-year-old Assamese actor and singer, who was last seen in the recently released Hindi film Jagga Jasoos, allegedly committed suicide on Monday night, police said. Bidisha Bezbaruah allegedly killed herself by hanging at her rented accommodation in Sushant Lok Phase-I B-Block.
The police have arrested her husband Nisheet Jha on charges of abetment to suicide.
Bidisha’s family has alleged that it was an extra-marital affair of her husband and the resulting discord that had led to the tragic step.
She was found hanging from the ceiling fan around 8.30 p.m. when the real estate agent, through which the couple had taken the house on rent, and some neighbours broke open the door.
The couple had shifted to the house on July 5. Nisheet had left for Mumbai for official work three days later.
“Her husband tried to call her, but there was no response. He then called up the broker to go and check on her. The broker along with some neighbours broke open the door when there was no response and found her hanging,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Deepak Saharan.
Most of the belongings of the couple were still unpacked, the police said.
Though no suicide note was found, Bidisha’s brother Kaushik alleged that Nisheet, who works in a multinational firm in Mumbai, had an extra-martial relation with a colleague and it had led to strained relations between the two.
“Nisheet and Bidisha had met while working for a company in Delhi and got married in April last year. But Bidisha confided in us this April that her husband had an affair with his colleague,” said Kaushik.
“Even Nisheet accepted that he had feelings for a colleague. Bidisha wanted to walk out of the marriage, but we counselled her to give their relationship another chance,” he added.
The couple then mutually decided to shift to Delhi in June this year to give their marriage another chance, but the situation reached a flashpoint when Nisheet returned to Mumbai for official work and did not return.
Bidisha was apparently not comfortable with Nisheet staying in Mumbai for so long and wanted him to return to Delhi. “She called my father crying on Monday, just hours before the incident,” said Kaushik.
Small role in Jagga Jasoos
A native of Assam and an alumni of Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Bidisha had featured in several TV shows, acted in plays and made a small appearance in a song sequence in Jagga Jasoos.
Bidisha’s friends remembered her as a “complete artist” and a “jolly” person.
“Bidisha was culturally very active. She had performed in several plays, and sung songs. We returned from Guwahati after staging a play on July 2. She was an extrovert and full of life,” said Sushovhan Talukdar of INLI Foundation, a social and cultural organisation.
Nisheet’s father S. K. Jha said that his son was torn between his “wife and work”.
“Little misunderstandings and altercations between couples are common in marriage. All this talk of extra-martial relation is baseless,” he added.