A Tale of Two Suicides
Indian Actress Rekha starred in her first Hindi film, Saawan Bhadon, opposite Navin Nischol. This movie was released in 1970 and is apparently Navin's first movie. Actor Navin Nischol acted in many other movies and also in famous TV serials like "Dekh Bhai Dekh".
A few days back, his second wife (aged 48) committed suicide in Mumbai. Let's follow the events. (As I could not find his exact age, so I guess he must be above 60).
TOI reports that Navin Nischol finds himself homeless
"Bollywood is witnessing the makings of another dramatic story. Yesteryear star Navin Nischol and wife Geetanjali have allegedly been thrown out of their ‘own’ house by film producer and younger brother Pravin Nischol.
Navin is currently living in a small house at Mahim which belongs to his mother-in-law."
Navin and brother Pravin have been living in the same house since the 80s. “My husband is a man of few words and doesn’t like to fight. But then problems began. Pravin, who is a successful man today, didn’t like to be told how to live his life and began looking for an excuse to throw us out. This despite knowing that our financial condition was not good at all.’’
Due to the differences between the couple, Nischol used to stay in Pune and rarely visited her. Geetanjali, who was childless, stayed in this flat with two servants.
"Navin, an alcoholic, is useless and is torturing me and that is why I am ending my life,"said her suicide note written neatly in English on a piece of paper found in her bedroom.
She alleged that the flat was actually financed by Navin when he was a hit in 80's. Navin brought the flat in Praveen's name to avoid tax laws. However, Praveen had refuted this allegation.
"Our officers are busy with the VIP bandobast at Hinduja Hospital. Once we (get) the time, we will impose various sections of the Indian Penal Code on Navin." said Jeo Gaikwad, senior inspector at Mahim police station.
Her brother Sukul says in Mumbai Mirror:
"The police say they didn't find any jewellery in the house when they made a panchnama following the suicide. Where has it all gone? My sister owned a lot of antique jewellery — both gold and silver — gifted to her by her first husband, Ashok Narbheram. She also had this Hussain she was so proud of," Sukul told Mumbai Mirror on Friday. "It was estimated at a crore upwards," he added.
Now the questions are:
1) How much land does a wo(man) need? - from Leo Tolstoy
She had a Hussain (painting) costing more than a crore(Rs.Ten million) and yet she allowed herself to be homeless?
2) Navin used to stay in Pune. Then, how the hell he was torturing her?
3) According to Gitanjali herself, "Navin is a man of few words and does not like to fight." Can such a man torture anybody?
4) Has the handwriting test been conducted on the suicide note to find if it was written by Gitanjali or it was planted by someone else?
I do not want to draw any conclusions. Nobody should. Now, let's trace the first line of this post and follow second story below.
"Actress Rekha starred in her first Hindi film --Saawan Bhadon, opposite Navin Nischol."
There was also another puzzle in her life, the "arranged" marriage to Delhi industrialist, Mukesh Agarwal, who some months after the wedding committed suicide by hanging himself with Rekha’s dupatta.
"Her marriage to businessman Mukesh Agarwal plunged Rekha into a dark phase after he allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with Rekha's dupatta. "
It is reported that Navin Nischol is arrested under various sections including Section 498a. What is happening to Navin can happen to any other man.
Finally, we take a look at the behaviour of media. It started with "making of another dramatic story". So, media is interested in dramatic stories and not in lives of people. So, media and journalists must stop considering themselves as altruistic social reformers.
A Tale of Two Suicides
- » Published on April 30, 2006
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