Pratyusha Banerjee (10 August 1991 – 1 April 2016) was an Indian television actress. She had appeared in numerous television shows and earned accolades, notably one Golden Petal Award. Besides television shows, Banerjee had appeared in numerous reality shows.

Banerjee first gained recognition in the television show Balika Vadhu. This was her first leading role in the television series where she earned her household name "Anandi".[3] She was a contestant in the controversial reality show Bigg Boss 7 in 2013.[4]

Early life

Banerjee was born in Jamshedpur city of Jharkhand, Bihar to parents Shankar and Soma Banerjee.[5] In 2010, she left Jamshedpur to work in Mumbai.


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). But she left the dance show, stating that she was not comfortable during the dance rehearsals.[7][8]

She then went on to play the supporting role of Shivani in Star Plus' popular show Sapnon Hai Pyaar Ki Kahaani. After quiting Balika Vadhu, she played the role of Naina in Lakshmi. She was also one of the most competitive contestants in the seventh season of the show Bigg Boss.[9][10][11][12][13]

In November 2014, Banerjee made her come back with the dance reality show Dance Ki Takkar as a wild card entry but later got voted out.[14][15][16] She appeared in Power Couple, along with her partner Rahul Raj Singh.[17] Banerjee had played vital roles in Hum Hain Na,[18] Sasural Simar Ka[19] , Gulmohar Grand[20] and Chand Toh Aii Hai Roshni...Ek Baar Phir.[21]

Personal life

Banerjee was born in Jamshedpur city of Jharkhand to Shankar and Soma Banerjee.[6] In 2010, she left Jamshedpur to work in Mumbai.[22]


On 1 April 2016, Banerjee was found hanging in her Mumbai apartment, and according to the postmortem report the cause of death was asphyxia.[23][24][25][26]


Year(s) Show Role Channel Notes
2010 Rakt Sambandh Priya Jagirdar NDTV Imagine Supporting Role
2010 Apna Pyaar Kya Hai Radhika Star Plus Cameo Appearance
2010–13 Balika Vadhu Anandi Shivraj Shekhar Colors TV Main Female Lead
2012 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 Herself Colors TV Contestant - Eliminated 4th week - 21 June 2012
2012 Sapnon Hai Pyaar Ki Kahaani Shivani Thakur Star Plus Supporting Role
2013 Laxshmi Naina Juneja Star Plus Antagonist
2013 Bigg Boss 7 Herself - (Evicted on Day 63) - 9th week 17 November 2013 Colors TV Contestant
2014 Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya Herself Zing TV Episodic role opposite Kunal Bhatia
2014 Savdhaan India Host Life Ok Host (Special series)
2014 Dance Ki Takkar 2 Herself - (wild card) eliminated - 7th week - 21 December 2014 Star Plus Contestant
2014-15 Hum Hain Na Sagarika Mishra Sony Entertainment Television Main Female Lead
2014-15 Vivaah - Ek Baar Phir Manisha Colors TV Antagonist
2015 Behna...Ek Safar Ki Khushiyon Aur Pyaar Ridhi Karamjeet Kumar Star Plus Supporting Role
2015 Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar Herself/Cameo Sony Entertainment Television Cameo Appearance
2015 Comedy Classes Balika Sidhu (Comic Role) Life OK Episodic role
2015 Gulmohar Grand Parinda Pathak Star Plus Special Appearance
2015 Chand Toh Aii Hai Roshni...Ek Baar Phir Preeti Khanna Star Plus Antagonist
2015 Sasural Simar Ka Mohini (Daayan) Colors Antagonist
2015 Swaragini - Jodein Rishton Ke Sur Mohini (Daayan) Colors (Integration with SSK)
2015 Kumkum Bhagya[27] Herself Zee TV Cameo
2015 Aahat[citation needed] Herself Sony Entertainment Television Episodic role
2015 Bad Company Herself Zing TV Celebrity Guest along with Scarlett Rose
2015 Power Couple Herself - along with Rahul Raj Singh Sony Entertainment Television Contestant
2015 Ghar Aii Hamari Pyaare Bahu Gehna Star Plus Cameo Role
2016 Adhuri Kahaani Hamari Naagin &TV Antagonist
2016 Yeh Vaada Raha Herself Zee TV 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
2013 Sahib Chaggar Awards Favourite Khalnayak Lakshmi Nominated


  1. Pratyusha Banerjee's b'day party. The Times Group. Times of India (10 August 2015). Retrieved on 2 April 2016.
  2. Pratyusha Banerjee would have been 25 today: Kamya Punjabi, Adaa Khan, Shrenu Parikh remember Balika Vadhu star, see pics. Retrieved on 10 August 2016.
  3. Pratyusha 'Anandi' Banerjee of Balika Vadhu hangs self (2 April 2016). Retrieved on 28 April 2016.
  4. Balika Vadhu to Power Couple: 10 shows we will always remember Pratyusha Banerjee for (2 April 2016). Retrieved on 28 April 2016.
  5. Bose, Antara (25 July 2010). Jamshedpur girl is India’s most popular bride. Telegraph desk. The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved on 2 April 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bose, Antara (25 July 2010). Jamshedpur girl is India's most popular bride. Telegraph desk. The Telegraph. Retrieved on 2 April 2016.
  7. Rashmi in Pratyusha out in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa?. Retrieved on 18 July 2012.
  8. IT’S NOT JUST DANCE. Pioneer desk. Daily Pioneer (22 September 2013). Retrieved on 2 April 2016.
  9. Balika Vadhu's Pratyusha Banerjee to enter ‘Bigg Boss’ house?. Retrieved on 29 July 2013.
  10. We all used to rag Salman about Elli: Pratyusha. Retrieved on 21 November 2013.
  11. `Bigg Boss 7`: Pratyusha Banerjee gets evicted. Retrieved on 2013-12-20.
  12. `Bigg Boss 7`: It was scary, says Pratyusha Banerjee on her 'Bigg' experience. Retrieved on 2013-12-20.
  13. Pratyusha Banerjee evicted from Bigg Boss house. Indian Express (2013-11-17). Retrieved on 2013-12-20.
  14. Karan is a good freind so thats why I took it up: Pratyusha. India Today. Retrieved on 30 November 2014.
  15. Dance Ki Takar 2: I am happy to be on another dance show after Jhalak says willd card Pratyusha Banerji. India Today. Retrieved on 1 November 2014.
  16. Dance Ki Takkar 2: Pratyusha eliminated from the show. India Today. Retrieved on 21 December 2014.
  17. Pratyusha and Rahul were Raj and Simran kind of a couple: Delnaaz Irani. Living Media. India Today (2 April 2016).
  18. Maheshwari, Neha (28 February 2015). Pratyusha Banerjee and Kanwar Dhillon's Hum Hai Na to end on March 19. The Times Group. Times Of India. Retrieved on 2 April 2016.
  19. Pratyusha Banerjee quits ‘Sasural Simar Ka’. The Times Group. Times Of India (1 September 2015). Retrieved on 2 April 2016.
  20. Pratyusha Banerjee to play Parinda in ‘Gulmohar Grand'. Indian Express Limited. The Indian Express (28 May 2015). Retrieved on 2 April 2016.
  21. Pratyusha Banerjee to enter Life OK's Roshni - Ek Baar Phir as negative role. Indian Express Limited. The Indian Express (12 June 2015). Retrieved on 2 April 2016.
  22. Rahul ‘poisoned’ Pratyusha’s mind against her parents? (7 April 2016). Retrieved on 28 April 2016.
  23. Balika Vadhu star Pratyusha Banerjee dead, here is all about the actress. Indian Express Limited. The Indian Express (2 April 2016).
  24. Hegde, Rajul (2 April 2016). Balika Vadhu actress Pratyusha Banerjee commits suicide. Rediff desk. Rediff.
  25. Balika Vadhu's Pratyusha Banerjee, 24, Allegedly Commits Suicide. NDTV. Retrieved on 4 April 2016.
  26. 'Pratyusha Banerjee wasn't finding any work and cash was drying up'. The Times Group. Times Of India (2 April 2016).
  27. In pics: Looking back at the life of late TV actor Pratyusha Banerjee (1 April 2016). Retrieved on 28 April 2016.

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