In January 2016, the actor had approached Mumbai Police alleging molestation by four men who entered her home posing as policemen.

Pratyusha Banerjee
Pratyusha Banerjee

She was just 24 and already a star.

Television actress Pratyusha Banerjee, who committed suicide in Mumbai today, had everything going for her. She was a household name thanks to her role as Anandi in Balika Vadhu; a role she assumed when the show took a time leap paving the way for the exit of the original Anandi, played by Avika Gor.

Though that was to remain her biggest role yet-according to a report she quit the show after three years, thanks to her mother’s ill health and health issues of her own–she has since then done several other shows such as Sasural Simar Ka in which she played a ‘daayan’ and Hum Hain Na. She also participated in Bigg Boss season 7, but didn’t manage to stick on too long. She was supposed to enter TV show Adhuri Kahaani Humari as a naagin.

Late last year, she and her beau Rahul Raj Singh entered Sony TV’s reality show Power Couple, but were evicted pretty early on. Before leaving the show, Pratyusha confirmed that the duo have decided to tie the knot and the wedding cards will be out soon.

In January 2016, however, Pratyusha ran into a spot of trouble when she approached the Mumbai Police alleging that four persons, whom she claimed posed as policemen, molested her at her residence in suburban Kandivali in Mumbai. The actress claimed in her complaint that the men barged into her flat in Laljipada and left the place only after she threatened to approach the Kandivali police.

However, a police officer denied the allegation. According to the officer, Rahul had allegedly manhandled a loan recovery agent, Amit Dalvi, when the latter had gone to collect the installment of a car loan from him at her house on December 31.

It is unclear as to what led the actress to take such a drastic step, but it seems her relationship with Rahul had run into some trouble. Whatever the reason, it is a life gone too soon. 

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