One year ago, on April 1, the entertainment industry was left shocked when the news of popular television actress Pratyusha Banerjee’s death spread. Fans of the young Balika Vadhu actress were left devastated when the 24-year-old actress committed suicide. The reason behind her death has been speculated since then, and the answers that are circulating on social media vary from having relationship problems to being subjected to prostitution. While the real truth may stay hidden, friends and fans of the actress still find it difficult to cope with this sudden loss, one year later. Pratyusha Banerjee’s last performance in Hum Kuch Keh na Sake by Kamya Punjabi will haunt you! (Watch Video Trailer).
Pratyusha Banerjee’s best friend from the industry, Kamya Punjabi has gone forward to pay tribute to the actress in the form of a short film for the actress, Pratyusha’s last project, which will be released on her first death anniversary on April 1, 2017. Pratyusha Banerjee is best known for her role as Anandi in Balika Vadhu and for being the innocent soul on Bigg Boss 7. The multi-talented actress has entertained us in various reality shows apart from Balika Vadhu, which brought her to fame. As we remember the actress on her first death anniversary, here are five things you probably did not know about the actress.
1. The initial shows
Pratyusha Banerjee became famous for her lead role in Balika Vadhu, where she played the older version ofAnandi. However, while she replaced the Avatar Gor and became the face of the drama series, she was also a part of a multi-star cast thriller show, Rakt Sambandh on NDTV Imagine. Pratyusha Banerjee played the supporting role of Priya in this series which is still on the air in a dubbed version. Rakt Sambandh has been dubbed in Tamil and is currently aired on Pudhuyugam TV. Rakt Sambandh aired around the same time as Pratusha played the role of Anandi in Balika Vadhu.
2.The journey to Balika Vadhu
As Rakt Sambandh and Balika Vadhu were aired around the same time, Pratyusha Banerjee was a new face on the Colors TV drama. The actress once revealed that she was a part of a talent hunt show where she won the contest to bag the role of Anandi. In an interview, Pratyusha revealed that she was signed in as the lead of the show after surpassing the contestants Nivedita Tiwari from Lucknow and Ketaki Chitale from Mumbai, in the talent hunt show.
3. Pratyusha Banerjee’s relationships
At the time of her death, Pratyusha Banerjee was in a relationship with Rahul Raj Singh. In fact, Rahul Raj Singh is said to have been one of the triggers for the actress’ decision to end her life. Rahul Raj Singh has been accused of various things from forcing Pratyusha into prostitution to subjecting her to an emotionally abusive relationship. Before her relation with Rahul Raj Singh, Pratyusha’s boyfriend was Makarand Malhotra which ended on an extremely negative note. In fact, the disastrous break up with Makarand Malhotra was the reason Pratyusha entered the Bigg Boss house.
4. Mental health issues
Pratyusha had been in two troubled relationships, and the actress was extremely stressed and under a lot of emotional turmoil. According to reports, Pratyusha was suffering from stress and depression in the last days of her life. The director of Pratyusha’s last short film, Hum Kuch Keh Na Sake, revealed that the actress had vomited blood during the shooting because of stress. Pratyusha’s maid had also revealed that the actress had tried to commit suicide twice before hanging herself.
5. Financial Troubles
Pratyusha Banerjee was in various controversies before her death. The actress was in a financial crunch according to her boyfriend Rahul’s family. After her death, Rahul revealed that she was in an acute financial problem. Earlier last year the actress had been in a tiff with the police after her boyfriend, Rahul, failed to make payments for an auto loan he took. There were reports that the actress did not pay a hotel in Mumbai for her birthday bash that was organised. However, friends of the actress said that these allegations were untrue and the actress was doing well for herself.