Pratyusha Banerjee

Pratyusha Banerjee (10 August 1991– 1 April 2016) was an Indian television actress. She had appeared in numerous television and reality shows.[3]

Pratyusha Banerjee
Pratyusha Banerjee at her birthday bash.jpg
Born(1991-08-10)10 August 1991[1][2]
Jamshedpur, Bihar
(now in Jharkhand), India
Died1 April 2016(2016-04-01) (aged 24)
Cause of deathSuicide by hanging
Years active2010–2016
Known for

Banerjee first gained recognition in 2010 in the television show Balika Vadhu.[4] This was her first leading role in the television series where she earned her household name "Anandi".[4] She had participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 7 (2013).[5]


She started her career with a supporting role in the show Rakt Sambandh which followed by playing the role of Vaani (best friend of Akshara played by Hina Khan) in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai on Star Plus.

She was signed as lead role in 2010 Indian television series Balika Vadhu as an adult Anandi, replacing Avika Gor. According to the actress, she was chosen via a talent hunt, surpassing the contestants Nivedita Tiwari from Lucknow and Ketaki Chitale from Mumbai.[6] Following the success of the show Banerjee participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 5). However, she left the dance show, stating that she was not comfortable during the dance rehearsals.[7][8]

In 2013, she was one of the most competitive contestants in the seventh season of the show Bigg Boss.[9][10][11][12][13] She appeared in Power Couple, along with her partner Rahul Raj Singh.[14] Banerjee had played vital roles in Hum Hain Na,[15] Sasural Simar Ka[16] and Gulmohar Grand.[17]

Notable work in Balika Vadhu and popularly known as Anandi.

Personal lifeEdit

Pratyusha was born in a Bengali family in Jamshedpur city of Jharkhand to Shankar and Soma Banerjee.[6] Her father is known social worker and runs their own NGO. In 2010, she left Jamshedpur to work in Mumbai.[18]


On 1 April 2016, Banerjee was found hanging in her Mumbai apartment and according to the postmortem report the cause of death was asphyxia.[19][20][21][22]

However her parents allege she was murdered by her boyfriend and passed off as suicide. They have pressed charges against him. [23]


Year(s) Show Role Notes
2010 Rakt Sambandh Priya Jagirdar Supporting role
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai Vaani Akshara's friend
2010–13 Balika Vadhu Anandi Jagdish Singh Main female lead
2011 Kitchen Champion Season 4 Anandi Contestant
2012 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 Herself Contestant – Eliminated 6th week – 21 July 2012
2013 Bigg Boss 7 Herself – (Evicted on Day 63) – 9th week 17 November 2013 Contestant
2014 Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya Herself Episodic role opposite Kunal Bhatia
Savdhaan India Host Host (Special series)
2014–15 Hum Hain Na Sagarika Mishra Main female lead
2014 Kaun Banega Crorepati 8 Herself Guest
2015 Killerr Karaoke Atka Toh Latkah Herself Contestant
Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar Herself/Cameo Cameo appearance
Comedy Classes Balika Sidhu Comic role
Gulmohar Grand Parinda Pathak Special appearance
Sasural Simar Ka Mohini (Daayan) Antagonist
Swaragini - Jodein Rishton Ke Sur Mohini (Daayan) (Integration with SSK)
Kumkum Bhagya[24] Herself Cameo
Aahat[citation needed] Herself Episodic role
Bad Company Herself Celebrity guest along with Scarlett Rose
Power Couple Herself Contestant
2016 Adhuri Kahaani Hamari Naagin Protagonist
Yeh Vaada Raha Herself Dance performance


Year Award Category Show Result
2010 Indian Telly Awards Best Fresh New Face – Female Balika Vadhu Nominated
2011 Golden Petal Awards Most Lokpriya Face – Female Won
Most Damdaar Personality
Most Sanskaari Personality
Face of Progress
The Global Indian Film and TV Honours Best Fresh New Face – Female Nominated
Best Actress In Lead Role
2012 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role
Best Television Personality
Best Onscreen Couple
People's Choice Awards India Favourite Drama Actress
Most Good-Looking Onscreen Jodi
Golden Petal Awards Most Lokpriya Face – Female Won
Favourite Jodi
BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining Television Actor – Female Won[25]
2016 Colors Golden Petal AwardsS Best Actor in Supernatural Personality Sasural Simar Ka Nominated

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Pratyusha Banerjee's b'day party". Times of India. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Pratyusha Banerjee would have been 25 today: Kamya Punjabi, Adaa Khan remember Balika Vadhu star, see pics". Indian Express. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  3. ^ Singh, Mandwi (2 April 2016). "Balika Vadhu to Power Couple: 7 shows we will always remember Pratyusha Banerjee for". India Today. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b Singh, Mandwi (2 April 2016). "Pratyusha 'Anandi' Banerjee of Balika Vadhu hangs self". India Today. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Bigg Boss season 7 to air from September; Pratyusha Banerjee to be an inmate". 24 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b Bose, Antara (25 July 2010). "Jamshedpur girl is India's most popular bride". The Telegraph. Kolkata desk. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Rashmi in Pratyusha out in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa?". Times of India. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  8. ^ "IT'S NOT JUST DANCE". Daily Pioneer. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Balika Vadhu's Pratyusha Banerjee to enter 'Bigg Boss' house?". Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  10. ^ "We all used to rag Salman about Elli: Pratyusha". Times of India. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  11. ^ "`Bigg Boss 7`: Pratyusha Banerjee gets evicted". Zeenews India. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  12. ^ "`Bigg Boss 7`: It was scary, says Pratyusha Banerjee on her 'Bigg' experience". Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Pratyusha Banerjee evicted from Bigg Boss house". Indian Express. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  14. ^ "Pratyusha and Rahul were Raj and Simran kind of a couple: Delnaaz Irani". India Today. 2 April 2016.
  15. ^ Maheshwari, Neha (28 February 2015). "Pratyusha Banerjee and Kanwar Dhillon's Hum Hai Na to end on March 19". Times of India. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Pratyusha Banerjee quits 'Sasural Simar Ka'". Times of India. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  17. ^ "Pratyusha Banerjee to play Parinda in 'Gulmohar Grand'". The Indian Express. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  18. ^ Nitasha Natu & Rebecca Samervel (7 April 2016). "Rahul 'poisoned' Pratyusha's mind against her parents?". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  19. ^ "The Balika Vadhu star Pratyusha Banerjee dead, here is all about the actress". The Indian Express. 2 April 2016.
  20. ^ Hegde, Rajul (2 April 2016). "Balika Vadhu actress Pratyusha Banerjee commits suicide". Rediff.
  21. ^ "Balika Vadhu's Pratyusha Banerjee, 24, Allegedly Commits Suicide". NDTV. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  22. ^ "'Pratyusha Banerjee wasn't finding any work and cash was drying up'". Times of India. 2 April 2016.
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  24. ^ "In pics: Looking back at the life of late TV actor Pratyusha Banerjee". Hindustan Times. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  25. ^ Metro Masti (24 December 2012). "Big Star Entertainment Awards Pratyusha Banerjee won Best Actress".

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