A budding talent and career has been cut short after the death of popular television actress Pratyusha Banerjee who rode to fame after playing the role of Anandi in the much watched serial ‘Balika Vadhu’ to the shock of all her fans. Her suicide has sent shock waves in the glittering world of television which is extremely strenuous and demanding while the happy faces we see on our screens usually are fake and many of them lead a life of depression and sadness.
Live-in-relationship too has its toll and Pratyusha one learns was in a relationship that had gone sour but that is no reason for ‘suicide’ and such extreme steps are acts of insanity and madness. Also, the flamboyant lifestyle of the famous too end in jeopardy when fame disappears overnight and what you are left with are the rising debts, unpaid EMI’s for home and luxuries with not substantial income due to no roles and serials going off air for various reasons. The film industry needs to be run more professionally where actors are guaranteed minimum pay and some money going into their provident fund account for times when income dries up. Also, counselling is the need of the hour and actors should not hesitate to go to a counsellor when they are depressed or anxious so that an solution can be found on time before they get into an frame of mind which pushes them towards suicide. Pratyusha is no more today but let us hope her death acts as an example for others to get their acts together before something drastic happens into their lives. May her soul Rest in Peace!
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