'Sarabhai vs Sarabhai' actress Vaibhavi Upadhyaya dies in car accident

Last rites to be held in Mumbai today

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Actress Vaibhavi Upadhyaya, best known for her role in the popular TV show Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, has died in a car accident, according to reports. The news was first shared by producer JD Majethia on Wednesday morning.

"Life is so unpredictable. A very fine actress, dear friend Vaibhavi Upadhyay popularly known as 'Jasmine' of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai passed away. She met with an accident in the north. Family will bring her to Mumbai tomorrow morning around 11 am for last rites. RIP Vaibhavi (sic)," he wrote in the post.

Upadhyaya died in the Banjar area of Kullu district when the Fortuner she was travelling in with her fiance fell into a gorge. The accident occurred while negotiating a steep curve. "Vaibhavi tried to get out of the vehicle through the window and sustained a head injury which proved fatal while the other passenger was safe," SP Kullu Sakshi Verma told PTI.

Upadhyaya's character, Jasmine Mawani, was popular for the Gujarati catchphrase "Khot nat kehti" (I speak the truth) and for standing up to family matriarch, Maya Sarabhai (Ratna Pathak Shah).

Actress Rupali Ganguly also took to social media to express shock at the actor's sudden demise. Majethia also shared that the actress's last rites will be held at 1pm in Mumbai.

Upadhyaya also featured in Deepika Padukone-starrer Chhapaak and TV shows such as CID and Adaalat.