Actress Pratyusha Banerjee, who allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her apartment in Mumbai on Friday, was best known for her role as Anandi in the popular TV drama Balika Vadhu.
According to reports, Banerjee was going through troubled times because of the alleged strain on her relationship with producer Rahul Raj Singh.
According to PTI, it was Singh who rushed Banerjee to the hospital.
An earlier HuffPost India report stated had revealed that people close to the couple described Banerjee's relationship with Singh as "deeply troubled". A friend of the duo, had also revealed that the duo had major fights over money. In a joint press conference, her friends Kamya Punjabi and Vikas Gupta claimed Rahul was cheating on her and that they were in a "messy relationship", reported PTI.
However, actress Sahila Chadha, who is a part of the Dispute Settlement Committee of Cine and Television Artiste’s Association, told HuffPost India, “We recently celebrated Holi with the couple and Rahul was beaming. He told us to keep ourselves free as he was getting married in the next few months...”
Former Delhi Commission for Women chief Barkha Shukla Singh said Banerjee's suicide should be investigated as the act is not easy and added that there must be 'something behind it'. "Society and those who pressurise women are behind such suicide cases," she told ANI.
(Banerjee's mother at the hospital)
Banerjee, who was also a contestant on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5, Power Couple and was one of the housemates on Bigg Boss 7, was rushed to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Andheri around 6 pm on Friday.
She had worked in the television series Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya in 2014 and was last seen in Hum Hain Na as the main female lead.
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