Young TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee, known for her role of adult Anandi in the popular TV serial 'Balika Vadhu', allegedly committed suicide at her Mumbai residence on Friday
Actress Pratyusha Banerjee who stole our hearts as Anandi in the popular television serial 'Balika Vadhu' has reportedly committed suicide.
Pratyusha Banerjee as Anandi
The 24-year-old actress, who was also a popular contestant in the reality show 'Bigg Boss', hanged herself from a fan at her Kandivali residence but was detected and taken to the Kokilaben Ambani Hospital where she succumbed.
However, no suicide note was found from the flat, a police officer 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.
Pratyusha and her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh, who had appeared on the TV show 'Power Couple' recently, had been according to the rumour mills facing some relationship problems.
Mumbai Police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner of police, as well as officials from Kokilaben hospital confirmed the news of her death. Her body will be sent to Cooper post mortem centre.
He said that the hospital had sent a report on the Jamshedpur-born actress's death.
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According to the officials at Kokilaben Hospital, she was brought to the emergency room by a relative by around 6 pm. The doctors then carried out an ECG, but did not get a pulse. They finally declared her dead and informed the police who arrived at around 8.30 pm to conduct the panchnama.
The case has been registered under Section 174 of CrPC.
Rahul Raj Singh with Pratyusha Banerjee
Police are investigating the probable cause that may have spurred Pratyusha to resort to the extreme step.
Hailing from Jharkhand, 24-year-old Pratyusha catapulted to fame with her role in "Balika Vadhu" between 2010-2013.
Pratyusha shot to fame at the young age of 18 when she was selected to replace child star Avika Gor as Anandi on "Balika Vadhu" in 2010.
Such was the popularity of the show, which revolved around the life of a child bride, at that time that the makers
launched a nationwide poll to select the grown-up Anandi after the story took a five-year leap. The actress, however, left the show in 2013.
In "Bigg Boss 7", she had close friendship with housemate Kamya Punjabi. On the show, she hated when contestants teased her for being the youngest member in the group.
She was later seen in the reality dance show "Jhalak Dikhla Ja-5", and hosted some episodes of "Savdhan India", and recently appeared in "Sasural Simar Ka".
She was last seen in TV show "Hum Hain Naa".
REACTIONS POUR IN
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."
"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.
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."