The details of the last phone call between actor Pratyusha Banerjee and her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh, hinting that she was forced into prostitution, might be shocking for her fans but for her close friend Kamya Punjabi, these are the things she was well aware of, from a long time.
The call’s transcript shows Pratyusha mentioning the word ‘prostitution’ and saying, she did not come to Mumbai to “sell herself”. “I didn’t come here to sell myself, I came here to act. Where are you putting me today? Rahul, you have no idea how bad I am feeling right now,” Pratyusha can be heard telling this to Rahul during the call.
Reacting to the conversation and the latest set of revelations in the Pratyusha Banerjee suicide case, actor Kamya told indianexpress.com, “This is nothing new for me. These are the things I have been saying and screaming about since day one. Police took so long to prove that. I am the witness and there are a lot of other people who have given statement earlier… I am not shocked. I am little relieved that the truth is coming out. I hope and pray that police take appropriate action so that henceforth, no boyfriend would try to take advantage of his girlfriend.”
Pratyusha, who shot to fame after playing Anandi in Balika Vadhu, was found dead at her residence on April 1, in what appeared to be a suicide. Ever since her demise, Kamya has maintained that the actor was in an unhappy relationship with boyfriend Rahul.
While Kamya said she cannot directly comment on whether Rahul forced her friend into prostitution, she is certain that Pratyusha “was scared and unhappy.”
The call also reveals that Pratyusha had tiffs with her parents with the actor claiming they used to abuse her. Kamya, however, disagreed that there were problems between Pratyusha and her family.
“Small tiffs keep happening between parents and kids but that doesn’t mean you hate your parents or you don’t get along with them,” she said.
Kamya and Pratyusha became friends after appearing on the seventh season of celebrity reality show Bigg Boss in 2013.