Actor Kushal Punjabi who was last seen in Ishq Mein Marjawan was found dead in his Mumbai home yesterday. The actor was 37-years-old. The news came as a shock when actor Karanvir Bohra shared the news of his demise on social media.
Punjabi’s body was found hanging at his residence in Pali Hill, Mumbai, last night. Police has found a suicide note at his residence. Accidental Death Report (ADR) filed, further investigation underway.
Kushal tied the knot with his European girlfriend Audrey Dolhen in 2015. The couple has a three-year-old son Kian. Even his last Instagram post is a picture of himself with Kian. Audrey is on her way to Mumbai with her son, post which the last rites of the actor will take place.
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Another actor Chetan Hansraj told Indiatimes that he was not able to come to terms with the loss and is in a state of shock. He quoted,
Yes, it is a suicide. He was going through separation from his wife and he was also down with sickness. I still can’t believe that Kushal is no more with us. I spoke to him a couple of days ago and he discussed with me that he was disturbed. I tried telling him that things happen in life and he should just fight back. But I never imagined that he will take such a step. It is heartbreaking.
Chetan and Kushal have known each other since last 20 years and the former says,
I will always remember him as a fighter. He was such a positive, fun loving guy. He always laughed and had a smiling face. He was a fighter and always inspired people around him to be fit. We have known each other for the last 20 years and we have grown up together. He was more like a brother to me. The loss is irreparable.
According to Spotboye, the wife had even taken away their son, Kian, and was living in Shanghai. At times, Kushal flew down to meet his son. But he and his wife failed to reconcile. Initially, the long distance marriage arose due to work reasons, but soon the fire went away. Kushal, here, was not doing well in his career, he had kind of taken it easy but soon the crunch started eating him emotionally.
Things recently had reached a state where it was heard he and his wife had started to contemplate divorce. It hurt Kushal no end that his love story had gone bust and he was unlikely to have his son for company. Although, Kushal did not blame anyone in his suicide note.
According to sources, Kushal Punjabi’s parents were trying to reach him, however, he didn’t respond to their calls. His parents then reached Kushal’s residence and opened the door with duplicate keys. They found his body hanging from the ceiling fan and they called the police soon after.
Paramjit Singh Dahiya, DCP Zone 09 told a leading media house that Kushal was alone at his residence and the doors of the house were locked from the inside. His wife is currently abroad. The DCP also revealed that they don’t find any suspicious aspect of the actor’s death. However, the inquiries are underway.
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Kushal’s friend and actor Karanvir had confirmed the news via his Instagram account. He wrote,
Ur demise has shocked the hell out of me. I’m still in denial @itsme_kushalpunjabi. I know you are in a happier place, but this is unfathomable. The way you lead your life really inspired me in more ways than one….but what was I to know. Your zest for dancing, fitness, off-road biking, fatherhood and above all that, that smiling face of yours, your happy-go-lucky nature your warmth all that was such ingenuity.
I’m gonna miss you so much #kushlani You will always be rememberd sad a guy who lived a full life. #dancingdaddy #fit #lifeenthusiast #biker #smilingface #onelifeliveitright #restinpeace #omnamoshivaya.
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Ur demise has shocked the hell out of me.I’m still in denial @itsme_kushalpunjabi I know you are in a happier place, but this is unfathomable. The way you lead your life really inspired me in more ways than one….but what was I to know. Your zest for dancing, fitness, off-road biking, fatherhood and above all that, that smiling face of yours, your happy-go-lucky nature your warmth all that was such ingenuity. I’m gonna miss you so much #kushlani You will always be rememberd sad a guy who lived a full life. #dancingdaddy #fit #lifeenthusiast #biker #smilingface #onelifeliveitright #restinpeace #omnamoshivaya
The actor had appeared in a number of movies such as Lakshya, Kaal, Salaam-e-Ishq and Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal. He had also featured in reality shows like Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and Fear Factor. The actor had also worked in soaps like Kasam Se, Dekho Magar Pyaar Se and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa among more.
Separation in marriage can be extremely daunting especially for Men, since they do not get child custody and are often made to snap ties with their own children. Since many men are unable to emote themselves or fight back, they choose to take extreme steps such as suicide. Of course, in this case we cannot hold his wife directly responsbile, but it is about the circumstances Men need to deal with.
During such times, the male gender needs to speak out and engage with family and friends. Divorce and separation are not the end of life. #RIPKushalPunjabi, sadly your name too gets added to the list of Husband Suicides.
We wish his family all the strength to cope up with this huge loss.