Pratyusha Banerjee's suicide shocked the television and film industry. Several celebrities, including Bollywood actors, tweeted expressing grief over the death of the actress, but Hema Malini took to Twitter to slam the attitude of ending lives.
Terming Pratyusha's suicide as "senseless," the Bharatiya Janata Party MP tweeted that the world admires a fighter not a loser. In a series of tweets, Hema said that instead of taking lives, a person should fight back.
"All these senseless suicides which achieve nothg! Life is God's gift for us to live not for us to take at will. We have no right to do that. One must learn to overcome all odds & emerge successful,not succumb under pressure & give up easily.The world admires a fighter not a loser," she tweeted.
Hema also slammed the media over its coverage of the death of the "Balika Vadhu" actress. In her tweet she called said "hungry media" chew on celebrity suicide news.
"Just becomes food for the hungry media who chew on news like celebrity suicides until the next sensational news happens. Then it is forgotten," she tweeted.
The "Balika Vadhu" actress was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her residence in Mumbai, April 1. She was rushed to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital, but was pronounced dead. The post-mortem report stated that it's a "clear case of suicide" and she died of "asphyxia" (suffocation). However, friends of Pratyusha blame her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh for forcing her to take such drastic step.
Pratyusha shot to fame when she made her acting debut with "Balika Vadhu." She became immensely popular as Anandi of "Balika Vadhu, " after which she participated in reality shows "Bigg Boss 7" and "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa." She played a negative character in "Sasural Simar Ka" and later bagged a lead role in Sony Entertainment Television's "Hum Hain Na."