TV actor Pratyusha Banerjee of Balika Vadhu fame commits suicide

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 02, 2016 01:00 IST
The actress passed away at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri, reports said. When she was admitted to the hospital, she was pronounced dead. (Twitter)

Television actor Pratyusha Banerjee, known for her role in popular TV series Balika Vadhu, committed suicide on Friday. A Mumbai police officer said the 24-year-old was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her house in Mumbai’s Goregaon.

Banerjee was rushed to the Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri but was declared dead upon arrival.

Residence of Pratyusha Banerjee at Goregaon in Mumbai. (Pratham Gokhale/ HT Photo)

Confirming the news, Mumbai police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni said that the hospital has sent a report on the Jamshedpur-born actress’s death.

Police are investigating the probable cause that may have led Banerjee to resort to commit suicide.

Banerjee was best known for her debut role in Balika Vadhu. She later shifted to reality shows and participated in Bigg Boss 7. Her last outing on TV was in Sasural Simar Ka where she played a negative role .

Police at the residence of Pratyusha Banerjee in Mumbai. (Pratham Gokhale/ HT Photo)

Earlier in January, she was in the news after she filed an FIR in Mumbai alleging that eight policemen tried to ‘barge into’ her house and misbehaved with her.

Banerjee had claimed in her complaint that the men barged into her flat in Laljipada and left the place only after she threatened to approach the police.

Before entering Bigg Boss 7 in 2013, Banerjee had made headlines when she filed an FIR against her boyfriend Makrand Malhotra.

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 are in touch with Rahul.” Bindra added that no one from the film fraternity believes she could have ended her life.

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Reactions from co-actors

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.

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 to ABP News.

Another participant from Power Couple, Salil Ankola said “Pratyusha and I 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.”

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