Friends and loved ones from the entertainment industry reacted with shock and grief 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, on Friday night.
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 these Twitter reactions:
Bigg Boss 7 winner Gauhar Khan was heartbroken.
Sad sad sad..Nothing's worth ending your 1 beautiful gift called life for... My heart bleeds for the parents and family..#suicidesnvrthecure— GAUAHAR KHAN (@GAUAHAR_KHAN) 1 April 2016
Heartbroken about the news.... @PratsBanerjee ,💔💔... A sweet soul...— GAUAHAR KHAN (@GAUAHAR_KHAN) 1 April 2016
Gauhar Khan’s co-star Kushal Tandon tweeted praying for strength for Pratyusha’s family members. He made another tweet condemning suicide.
Sad .... Life is difficult ... But why do this ... This is not the way to end ur life ,rip Pratyusha strength to her family sad sad sad— KUSHAL TANDON (@KushalT2803) 1 April 2016
suicide doesn't take away the pain , it gives it to someone else ... And that is to family members ... Suicide is a selfish act ..— KUSHAL TANDON (@KushalT2803) 1 April 2016
Pratyusha was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her flat in Bangur Nagar, suburban Kandivli, a police officer said. According to the police, no suicide note was found from the flat and the exact cause of the death, which occurred around afternoon, will be known only after the autopsy.
Elli Avram, who was with Pratyusha in the Bigg Boss house expressed disbelief..
Speechless n filled with so much of sadness! A innocent soul gone wrong, why!😔 I pray for her family to be strong. Rip #PratyushaBanerjee 🙏— Elli Avram (@ElliAvram) 1 April 2016
Actor and singer Sophie Choudry’s tweet mentioned Jiah Khan and Nafisa Joseph, who also committed suicide.
So shocked to hear about #pratyushabanerjee suicide..Makes me think of Nafisa & Jiah. All beautiful, talented girls. This is Heartbreaking— SOPHIE CHOUDRY (@Sophie_Choudry) 1 April 2016
Can't believe #pratyushabanerjee is no more rip 🙏🏼 have gone numb. She Was so young.— Ragini Khanna (@iraginikhanna) 1 April 2016
Shocking..Cant believe this news..RIP #pratyushabanerjee— Sambhavna Seth (@sambhavnaseth) 1 April 2016
A few fellow actors such as Ratan Rajput and Jay Bhanushali said they thought it was an April fool prank, but were shocked when the news was confirmed.
RIP pratyusha banarjee— Jay Bhanushaali (JB) (@jaybhanushali0) 1 April 2016
“I got to know at around 9 pm when I was shooting for my show. I thought somebody was making April fool joke. Then I checked with our common friend Vikas Gupta and he said it was true. I was shocked. This is unbelievable. I have just reached Kokilaben hospital,” Ratan said.
“It is really sad. She took such a big step and I don’t know why. Initially I thought it must be an April fool’s prank but then I got it confirmed through some of my media friends and close associates,” Bhanushali said.
VJ Andy also said he thought it was a joke after reading the news on Twitter.
Just still in disbelief. It's seems like a bad joke, I will always remember you fondly.— Andy (@iAmVJAndy) 1 April 2016
Pratyusha May your Eternal Spirit Find Peace.
Film maker Karan Johar put out a tweet drawing attention to depression as a serious medical condition.
This is just so sad...and a wake up calm to families and friends who don't consider depression a medical condition...RIP #PratyushaBanerjee— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) 1 April 2016
He was also critical of all the attention Pratyusha’s death generated on social media.
A girl died...let her loved ones mourn in peace...social media may not have a conscience....but can it have a heart?— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) 1 April 2016
Shocked and sad to hear about Pratyusha Banerjee...RIP 😔— Nandish Sandhu (@nandishsandhu) 1 April 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) 1 April 2016
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) 1 April 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) 1 April 2016
With PTI inputs