New Delhi: Popular TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee, who shot into fame as Anandi in celebrated drama series “Balika Vadhu”, was found dead at her suburban residence today in a suspected case of suicide.
The 24-year-old was found hanging from the ceiling at her flat in Bangur Nagar in suburban Kandivli, a police officer said.
However, no suicide note was found from the flat, he said, adding the exact cause of the death, which occurred
around afternoon, will be known only after an autopsy is conducted.
Reason for the extreme step was not yet known, but Banerjee was reportedly facing problems in her relationship
with boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh.
Her last status message on Whatsapp read, “Marke bhi muh na tuzse modana” (even after death won’t be turning my
face away from you) with a smiley.
TV actress Kamya Punjabi and Pratyusha’s close friend broke into tears while talking to ABP News.
It is very sad and disheartening, says TV actor Kushal Tandon to ABP News.
Confirming the news, Mumbai police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni said that the hospital has sent a report on the Jamshedpur-born actress’s death.
“She is no more with us. It’s shocking. I spoke to her two-three months back and she was fine that time. I am at the hospital…trying to get details,” Pratyusha’s co star from “Balika Vadhu”, Siddharth Shukla, told PTI.
Her other major appearances on the small screen were in “Bigg Boss 7”, a reality show, and “Jhalak Dikhla Jha”, a
She was last seen in TV show “Hum Hain Naa”. Reacting to the news, Bollywood producer Tanuj Garg tweeted, “Terrible, terrible news about Pratyusha Banerjee.
Met her once at a party. How extreme must pressures be to drive one to take one’s own life.”
BiggBoss co-contestant Kushal Tandon wrote, “The news is absolutely saddening. I know life is tough but why do you need to do this. She was so young, I don’t know what happened. Lots of strength to her family during this time.”
Another co-contestant Gauhar tweeted, “Sad sad sad. Nothing’s worth ending your one beautiful gift called life
for… My heart bleeds for the parents and family… #suicidesnvrthecure.”
Expressing shock TV personality VJ Andy said, “I first read that on Twitter and thought it was an April fool’s joke. Then I got a call from Tanisha who told me the same. Then my manager too confirmed It. I still cannot believe it. I am shocked. She was so full of life, and always seemed happy. The last time I had met here she was fine and seemed ok. I really don’t know how to react now.”