The death of Balika Vadhu’s Anandi --- Pratyusha Banerjee (24) --- has shocked her city Jamshedpur. She was among artistes from the steel city who have made their mark in the entertainment industry.
While the reason for her alleged suicide is not known, three more actors from the city have lost track after initial successes in the film and TV industry.
Tanushree Dutta, a student of DBMS School in Jamshedpur, entered Bollywood with Aashiq Banaya Aapne after becoming Femina Miss India Universe in 2004. But she is now acting in South Indian films after a string of weak acting performances in Mumbai.
Similarly, Sweta Prasad shot to fame by winning the national child artist of the year award for her role in Makdi when she was a Class 6 student in Beldih Church School in Jamshedpur. After doing some South Indian films, she is now rarely seen following her arrest by the Hyderabad Police in an alleged sex racket and spending 15 days in jail.
Singing talent Shraddha Das too got into controversy after an alleged affair which involved a clandestine marriage. She too is now out of the limelight following subsequent police cases.
Noted Jamshedpur psychologist Dr Nidhi Srivastava said in many cases, people from small town’s protective environments find it hard to cope with the demands of the “glamour world”. She said that every girl from the city aspiring to become a film star or celebrity must remember what Priyanka Chopra said: “Come to tinsel town only after completing your full education.” Priyanka Chopra also spent her childhood in Jamshedpur.
“Education gives you required maturity and saves you from living a life of falsehood. In some cases it has been seen that once they become famous, they try to hide their past and start showing off that they belong to this new high life. But the need for emotional and family support is always there in their subconscious. And once failure or betrayal strikes, they may lose it all,” said Dr Srivastava.
Pratyusha’s uncle Kingshuk Mukherjee said he had some inkling of the actor’s problems when she told him over phone that she wanted to come back to Jamshedpur for a fortnight and spend time with her family. However, the actor’s mother Shoma told reporters, “She had called up on Thursday night and Friday morning. She was talking absolutely normally. There was some problem with boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh some time back but everything was sorted out and things were going normal.”