Celebrities from the entertainment industry reacted with shock and grief on Friday night as news broke about the suicide by 24-year-old actress Pratyusha Banerjee, the star of one of the most popular serials on Indian TV.
Pratyusha, who shot into fame as Anandi in the celebrated drama series Balika Vadhu, was found dead at her suburban Mumbai residence on Friday in a suspected case of suicide.
Sample some of the reactions by celebs on Twitter:
Not the way to go....rip pratyusha banerjee....wen smeone dies they dont die alone...suicide is neva the rite way out.. SAD— Karan Wahi (@karan009wahi) April 1, 2016
I don't know why you did it Pratyusha.. Can only hope u r in a better place! Not the way to go! Peace!— Karan Kundra (@kkundra) April 1, 2016
Such a sad end of a bubbly,energetic n talented town girl Pratyusha Banerjee,Indian TV will always miss you "Anandi".RIP— Dr Kumar Vishvas (@DrKumarVishwas) April 1, 2016
Deeply saddened by sudden death of memorable Balika Vadhu- Pratyusha Bannerjee,charming & talented actress.Young life tragically cut short.— Madhu Kishwar (@madhukishwar) April 1, 2016
Pratyusha’s co-star from Balika Vadhu and now a Bollywood actor, Sidharth Shukla expressed shock at the news of her death.
“I can’t believe someone like Pratyusha could take such a step,” he said.
“I spoke to her two-three months back and she was fine that time. I am at the hospital...trying to get details,” Shukla added.
Actor Dolly Bindra said, “I spoke to her mother, she was crying constantly. Her Parents are in Jamshedpur from there they will come to Mumbai by tomorrow morning.” Bindra added, “Rahul (Raj) informed Banerjee’s uncle and she was brought to the hospital. The police is in touch with Rahul.” Bindra added that no one from the film fraternity believes she could have ended her life.
Various artists apart from Bindra including Sara Khan, Jay Bhanushali, Meghna Naidu, Sachin Shroff were seen waiting outside the accident and emergency ward at the hospital soon as the news reached them.
Her co-participant from Power Couple, a reality show on Sony TV where she was seen last month, Naved Jaffrey said, “She was a really happy, bubbly girl on the show. What should I say.”
Another participant from Power Couple, Salil Ankola said that he and Pratyusha worked together only a month ago. “She was looking forward to her wedding. I just have no words to how shocking this news is. She was a chirpy and fun loving girl. I am still wondering why she took such a step.”
Though reasons for the extreme step was not yet known, Banerjee was reportedly facing problems in her relationship with boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh.
Actor Ajaz Khan who was with Pratyusha on Bigg Boss Season 7, said that he didn’t think it was “suicide but a planned murder”.
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.
(With inputs from agencies)
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