Mahesh Anand, who essayed the negative role in a number of Bollywood movies, was on Saturday found dead at his residence in Mumbai under mysterious circumstances.
Police did not rule out suicide even though no suicide note has been recovered.
The body of the 57-year-old actor, who was last seen in Govinda’s ‘Rangeela Raja’ released last month, was found in a decomposed state from his residence in Andheri’s Yari Road, police said.
The body was sent to the nearby Cooper Hospital for post-mortem.
Anand suspectedly had drinking problems and was living alone as his wife lives in Moscow, police said.
While the reason behind the actor’s death is unclear, doctors from the hospital said the body was brought from his residence in a decomposed condition.
According to the doctors, the reason behind his death can be ascertained only after the post-mortem.
The actor had performed in several hit films including ‘Shahenshah’, ‘Coolie No 1’, ‘Swarg’, ‘Kurukshetra’ and ‘Vijeta’ and shared screen space with top stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Govinda and Sanjay Dutt.
Ranvir Shorey was among the actors who mourned Mahesh Anand's death. He wrote, "Saddened to hear of Mahesh Anand’s demise. The man was a victim of the roller coaster ride that is Bollywood. RIP."
He added, "I used to bump into him in the park close to my place. Quite sad to hear he's no more."
(With inputs from ANI)