Banerjee, 24,was dressed like a bride in a designer lehenga for her last rites.
Pratyusha’s last rites took place at the Oshiwara crematorium grounds on Apr 2..
The “Balika Vadhu” actress was dressed in red.
According to sources, Pratyusha had placed an order for a bridal lehenga from designer Rohit Verma before she took the drastic step of hanging herself.
Her funeral was attended by her colleagues from the industry, including Ajaz khan, Kamya Punjabi, Rakhi Sawant and Ratan Rajput among others.
Banerjee was unhappy in her personal life, but wanted to marry and have a family of her own, her friends and colleagues from the industry have said. Her close friends and co-workers like Kamya Punjabi, Vikas Gupta and Adah Khan in conversation with the media here, opened up about possible reasons behind the demise of Pratyusha.
Several fingers have been pointed towards Pratyusha’s tumultous relationship with her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh as one of the key reasons. TV show producer Vikas Gupta, who had recently offered a role to Pratyusha, shared she was not at all in depression.
Gupta also stressed that Singh “physically assaulted” the 24-year-old actress in “public”.
“He had raised his hand on her and we have proof of it. It was not a great relationship. Unfortunately, we have not been called by the police to record our statements,” he added.
One of Pratyusha’s close friend Leena too was present at the meet, and said the 24-year-old actress had called her the night before the day she took the drastic step. Leena disclosed that Pratyusha was disturbed by Singh’s former girlfriend.
“Prior to the day she committed suicide, she called me at 3 a.m., and she was crying very badly. She said, ‘I can’t live my life like this, and I want to come out of it’. She said she wants to fight back and wanted to come out of it. She just wanted to get married to Rahul and have a child, this was her plan,” Leena said. The “Balika Vadhu” star’s closest friend and actress Kamya Punjabi asserted that Singh was cheating on her. “Pratyusha had told me, ‘Rahul is cheating on me, what should I do?’ She didn’t want to give up on this relationship and wanted this to work,” Kamya said.
Sidharth Shukla, who shared screen space with the late actress in “Balika Vadhu”, said: “I can’t believe that Pratyusha can do this. It’s really sad to hear about her death. She never used to take any work pressure. It’s hard to think that she was in a state of depression.” Rahul is Pratyusha’s second boyfriend. She was previously in a relationship with Makarand Malhotra, which ended in disaster with Pratyusha alleging abuse. Actor Shashank Vyas, who played the character of Anandi’s husband Jagdish in “Balika Vadhu”, is finding it hard to believe that Pratyusha could take such a drastic step.
“Pratyusha was full of life. She was my first Anandi. I have fond memories of her. I had not imagined she would do something as drastic as suicide. I thought its an April Fools’ prank when I got a call from a friend... May her soul rest in peace,” Shashank said.