Pratyusha Banerjee committed suicide in Mumbai on April 1, 2016, by hanging herself to death. Among the earliest people to gather outside the Kokilaben Hospital in Andheri West, Mumbai, were Rakhi Sawant, Jai Bhanushali, Kamya Punjabi and Dolly Bindra. Bollywood actress Rakhi Sawant, who was a close friend of TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee who allegedly committed suicide on Friday, demands that ceiling fans, which are apparently a major medium of committing suicide these days, should be absolutely banned. Rakhi Sawant has been speaking about Pratyusha right from that fateful day, saying that she wasn’t depressed but looked tense about Rahul Raj Singh, her live-in partner. Rakhi held a press conference in Mumbai and in her usual dramatic style, held a ceiling fan for all to see, demanding a ban on it.
Rakhi dressed up in all black outfit walked into the venue with a ceiling fan in hand and demanded justice for the late Pratyusha Banerjee whom she addressed as ‘Hindustan ki beti‘. She further requested the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban ceiling fans in the country, claiming it to be the prime reason for the suicides. She also demanded a sum of Rs 5 crore for the Banerjee family. Rakhi claimed that Saloni Sharma who is Rahul Raj Singh’s alleged ex-wife had sent Pratyusha some videos before her death.
Rakhi Sawant said, “If you love your daughter or sister, then remove the ceiling fan from your house and use a table fan or AC instead.” On being asked how the poor would cope with the heat, Rakhi said, “Table fans are not expensive. We are planning to go to slums and donate 5,000 fans to the poor ourselves. At least we’re doing this. What are others doing for the country? What is the government doing?”
Pratyusha played the grown up Anandi on Balika Vadhu, the show focused on the evils of child marriage. She had also participated in reality shows such as Bigg Boss 7, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 and Power Couple. Some of Pratyusha Banerjee’s friends like Kamya, Shashank Vyas, Leena Dias and Vikas Gupta held a press conference earlier in the week to point out that there is some foul play in the Pratyusha suicide, as things were not going right between her and boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh.
Some other reports in the media reveal certain friends of Pratyusha saying that Rahul had cheated on Pratyusha and also that he was a fraud as far as his business dealings were concerned. In fact, Pratyusha was keen to file a case against Rahul for his financial dealings. Pratyusha’s friends are also angry with certain TV actors who have used footage of her dead body and also circulated an audio clip of her mother crying in order to gain benefit.