Varsha was erudite but had a ‘turbulent life’
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Wanted to start an orphanage with late Gautam Rajadhyaksha
Varsha Ganpat Bhosle, who was close to fashion photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha, wanted to open an orphanage with him. But his death last September shattered her. "She was very close to Gautam. She was traumatised when he passed away. She was so much in shock that she didn't even come for the funeral," said author Shobhaa De, who knew her through Gautam.
"She always came across as extremely vibrant, well-read and erudite. She was a disturbed person and tried to commit suicide in the past. She was highly sensitive, highly intelligent. In my interaction with her, she came across as a restless mind. She was constantly looking for reassurance of friendship, companionship," De said.
"She was devastated hearing about Gautam's death. According to her family friends, she wanted to start a trust along with Rajadhyaksha and open an orphanage. The plans were cancelled when Rajadhyaksha died," said Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (south region). The friends told the police that Varsha was under medication. "We have got the names of two doctors — Dr Orlekar and Dr Alegaonkar from Pune — from whom Varsha was receiving treatment. We will find out the nature of her treatment," Krishna Prakash added.
Varsha, a political science graduate from Elphinstone College, stayed with her mother. She was married to sports writer Hemant Kenkre, but divorced him in 1998. The couple did not have any children. Varsha, who had been suffering from depression for the last seven years, was believed to have undergone therapy. Police said she also suffered acute pain in her right knee, for which she was also undergoing treatment.
Senior journalist and editor Ayaz Memon, who had inducted Varsha as a columnist in MiD-DAY, remembers her as a writer with "strong political views". "This may sound strange, but I never knew of her as being Asha Bhosle's daughter. She never spoke about it. When I was eventually told, I did wonder — she could choose films and Bollywood, but interestingly she chose to be a political columnist. She could debate endlessly and hold a good argument on her subject. As a columist, one could never fault her."