Popular Bengali TV Actress Pratyusha Banerjee Dead; Suicide of Balika Badhu's Anadi Stuns India

By J P Mandal, WBRINN (newsdesk.kolkata@washingtonbanglaradio.com)

Kolkata, April 1 (Washington Bangla Radio) - Shock and gloom descended on Indian Television industry as popular TV serial actress Pratyusha Banerjee ended her life by hanging herself in her apartment in Goregaon area of Mumbai. Police responded to the emergency and transported her to Kokilaben Ambani Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The bubbly actress shot to fame for her role as Anadi in the extremely popular television series ‘Balika Vadhu’ and became a household name in India. She was also seen in dance reality show Jhalak dikhlaa Jaa and Big Boss.

The actress from Jamshedpur had previously made news for lodging a Police complaint against her ex-boyfriend Markand Malhotra for misbehaving with her and her father. All this happened when she was just about to enter Big Boss and the incident was widely reported by media as a well-planned publicity stunned.

Pratyusha also got embroiled in another controversy when she filed another Police complaint alleging a few men posing as cops had misbehaved with her after forcefully intruding into her apartment. A contrary Police filing stated that Pratyusha and her boyfriend Rahul Raj defaulted on a car loan and recovery agents had visited them in an attempt to retrieve the money. It is then Rahul beat them up and fabricated the story as their defence.

In another reported incident, Pratyusha was sued for non-payment of dues by a Mumbai-based lounge bar where she threw a birthday party.

Pratyusha was recently in a relationship with actor Rahul Raj Singh. She had met Rahul Raj Singh during her 63 days stint in Big Boss and they started dating soon after. The couple got engaged in last December and a wedding was expected soon.

However, nothing can take away the fact that Indian Television industry has just lost an extremely talented actress who was in her prime. Though reportedly none of her close friends had recently seen her depressed, they were aware of the problems in her romantic life.

She had recently stopped being active on social media. Her Whatsapp status was last updated on 15th March and hints at the cloud of depression gathering inside her which ultimately made her end her life.

The whatsapp status read ‘Mar ke Bhi Munh na Tujshe modna’. (Wont look away from you even after death) with an emoticon depicting a pouting kiss.