In lehenga she got stitched for her wedding, Pratyusha bids final good-bye
New Delhi: Call it irony, fate or pure tragedy, Pratyusha Banerjee of ‘Balika Vadhu’ fame bid her final good bye to the world in the same lehenga that she had got stitched with the dream of wearing it in her wedding.
Pratyusha’s last rites were today carried out at the Oshiwara Crematorium in the presence of her tearful parents, other family members, friends and co-stars.
Her untimely death has shocked the entire industry, fans and well-wishers alike. Investigations into her alleged suicide are on and there are several theories floating around her unnatural demise.
The 24-year-old actress had got in touch with designer Rohit Verma and asked him to stitch her wedding lehenga.
“On 17th March, Pratyusha rang me up and asked me to design her wedding lehenga. I said fine let’s meet in Mumbai. She met me on 28th March to discuss the design and said she wants the dress in coral hue,” Rohit said.
“When I asked her when is the wedding; she said ‘I will surprise everyone. You just keep the lehenga ready; I will come to collect in anytime,’” he said, adding that she was about to pay him a visit on the 2nd or 3rd of April to give further instructions about the lehenga.
Meanwhile, Pratyusha’s autopsy report that arrived today stated that her death was caused due to asphyxiation and hanging. Also, it detected strangulation marks on her neck.
A team of doctors conducted the post-mortem for over three hours and the entire procedure has been videographed. The viscera samples have been sent for forensic analysis even as the final autopsy report is expected later.
Though officials declined to comment, a tattoo bearing the name 'Rahul' - purportedly referring to her boyfriend - was found on her upper back.
Rahul Raj was today grilled by the Mumbai Police in an attempt to unravel the probable reasons behind her shocking suicide that left the entertainment industry stunned.
The ‘Balika Vadhu’ actress was purportedly found hanging from a ceiling fan in her suburban Goregaon residence on Friday evening by her boyfriend and television actor Rahul Raj Singh. She was taken to hospital but succumbed there later.
The glamour industry is rife with speculation about her disturbed personal life, her suspected uneasy relationship with Rahul and other aspects that may have prompted her to resort to the extreme step.
Several television industry personalities have claimed on social media networks that Pratyusha was a strong-willed personality and they could not digest she could end her life in this manner.
Prior to Pratyusha, several high-profile suicides of young women rocked the entertainment capital of India, including models-actresses like Nafisa Joseph, Kuljeet Randhawa, Viveka Babajee, Jiah Khan, Shikha Joshi and Ruby Singh, in the past decade or so.