They were all beautiful and successful women who had everything going from them. However, they chose to end their lives. As Bengali actor Swastika Mukherjee is hospitalised after an alleged suicide bid, we look back at other famous faces who committed suicide while their career was going places.
South Indian cinema's sex siren Silk Smitha committed suicide on September 23, 1996 at her Chennai apartment. Silk had acted in over 400 films. She was also seen in Kamal Haasan-Sridevi-starrer Hindi film Sadma. A fictionalised film on her life was made with Vidya Balan in the lead.
Bollywood actor Divya Bharti jumped to death from her home on the fifth storey of an apartment building on April 5, 1993. She was only 19 at the time. Beginning her career with Telugu film Bobbilli Raja in 1990, she bagged Best Female Debut Filmfare award for Deewana in 1992. In her short-lived life in the film industry, she worked in around 14 movies. She was married to producer Sajid Nadiadwala.
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 on June 3, 2013. Jiah was seen in Nishabd with Amitabh Bachchan, among other films. She was said to be depressed over her career and relationship status.
Former Miss India Nafisa Joseph committed suicide in her Mumbai flat in July 2004.
She was 25. Nafisa was reportedly suffering from depression. A popular VJ on a music channel, Nafisa also worked as a model. Her parents alleged that she was depressed as her wedding was called off after she found out that her fiancé was still married. He had reportedly told her that he was divorced.
Actor-model Kuljeet Randhawa was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her house in February 2006. 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 former Gladrags model had everything going for her in her professional life. The actor was part of TV series such as CATS, Special Squad and Kohinoor. However, friends said that she had been unlucky in love.
Model and entrepreneur Viveka Babajee committed suicide in June 2010. She was reportedly pushed to the brink after certain setbacks in her business and a break-up with her boyfriend. Her attempts to find a niche in the film industry also failed. Before committing suicide, Viveka smashed everything in her house and called her mother to say she's "going very far away".