Wrestler-actor Sangram Singh says the news of his friend and actress Pratyusha Banerjee’s death was “heartbreaking”, but what was even more distressing was the way people tried to get mileage out of the incident.
“I am sorry I wasn’t here when this tragedy happened to her. When I returned (from South Africa), I could only attend her prayer meeting. I was very saddened to see her parents in the state that they were in.
“No parents deserve to see their only child die. Pratyusha’s mother reminded me of my own mother. A simple woman trying to understand what had happened to her child. It was heartbreaking,” Sangram said in an emotional tone.
Even more heartbreaking was the way a section of the television industry was trying to cash in on the tragedy, he said. “Who are these friends who are speaking on her behalf to the press? And why is the media entertaining their theatrics? A young girl who was starting out in life has died. Shame on all those people who are trying to make mileage out of this tragedy. Some are screaming, weeping and fainting.
“Someone (Rakhi Sawant) takes a ceiling fan to the police station to tell the world to ban fans. Why are they being allowed to reduce the tragedy to a ‘tamasha’? There is one friend who genuinely cares for what happened, and that is Kamya Punjabi.”
Sangram and Pratyusha spent many weeks in reality TV show “Bigg Boss”. So, he was stunned to hear of her death.