Mumbai, Jan 22 (IANS) Popular Hindi film actress Parveen Babi, who lit up the silver screen with her ebullience and glamour, was found dead in her residence Saturday, police said.
Babi, who had been suffering from psychological problems for years, was found dead after the door of her Juhu residence was broken open by a police team following a report from an official of her apartment complex.
Police said the door had been locked from inside for three days.
"We received a complaint that she had not collected milk and newspaper from her doorstep for the last two days," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Amitabh Gupta.
While the cause of death was yet to be ascertained, an overdose of medicines appeared to be one of the possibilities. The body has been sent for post mortem.
The news sent the Mumbai film fraternity into shock.
"She was so young... I am shocked," said actor Jeetendra, a former co-star of the glamorous actress. "She was a very natural artiste. She minded her own work and never got involved in any petty politics."
Believed to be the first of new-age heroines with a more modern outlook and strong onscreen personality, Babi gained immense popularity in the late 1970s playing the leading lady with shades of grey.
Among her memorable movies were those in which megastar Amitabh Bachchan was the hero such as "Deewar", "Namak Halal", "Shaan", Amar Akbar Anthony" and "Kala Pathar".
She, however, suddenly disappeared from films and surfaced many years later with a string of shocking proclamations about her former film colleagues - many taken with a pinch of salt.
The former actress became a virtual recluse, amid talk of her not being in the best mental condition and receiving psychiatric treatment.
She also took to interior designing and saw only very close friends in the last few years of her life.