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How SRK learned about Divya Bharti’s death: ‘I was sleeping in Delhi…’ | Bollywood

by Joe Bourn

Shah Rukh Khan’s first films Dil Aashna Hai (1992) and Deewana (1992) were both opposite Divya Bharti. He made his film debut with her in Deewana. On April 5, 2023, it will be 30 years since her death. The young actress, who was married to producer Sajid Nadiadwala, died after falling from the fifth floor balcony of her building in Mumbai. She was just 19. Shah Rukh recalled how he learned about her death in Delhi. He also called her an “amazing” actress and added that her process was different from his more serious approach. Their couple was quite loved by the public. Read also: When Divya Bharti recalled the first autograph she signed for a fan, she said ‘kachra hogaya mera’. I’m watching


Shah Rukh Khan and Divya Bharti in a still from Deewana (1992).



Divya made her film debut in 1990 with the Tamil film Nila Pennae. He acted in several south films before breaking out with Vishwatma and the song Saat Samundar in 1992. It was a landmark year for the actor as he had 12 film releases. She also received the Lux New Face of the Year for Deewana at the Filmfare Awards in 1993. The actress had a promising career ahead of her which was cut short by her death.

Speaking to NDTV in an old interview, the actor had said, “Divya Bharti was, I think, amazing as an actress. She was not much of an actor, as I thought of myself. I was a serious guy and she was this completely crazy girl who he loves fun.I remember finishing dubbing at the Sea Rock Hotel. [for] Deewana. I came out of Sea Rock, saw her and said hi. He looked at me and said, “You’re not just an actor, you’re an institution.” I was very moved by this. I said, wow. I didn’t get it, so I quickly went and read the meaning of the saying. I understood that it meant a lot.”



Recalling how he learned of her untimely death, Shah Rukh said, “I am praying for her soul. I was sleeping in Delhi and they were playing my song, Aisi Deewangi. I thought I had become a big star. I don’t know how to become a big star. The film it was a big hit. All of a sudden they were playing these songs and I woke up in the morning and saw that she was dead. She had fallen out of a window. It was one of the biggest shocks, because I think I should have done another film with her.”

Divya’s last film was Kshatriya in 1993. Rang, Tholi Muddhu and Shatranj were released after her death.

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