The tragic news of untimely death of television actress Pratyusha Banerjee has left many of her fans heartbroken.
While everyone is sympathetic towards Banerjee and her family, the amount of press that her death is getting has irked veteran actor Nana Patekar.
Patekar has since long been associated with the cause of farmer’s suicide in Maharashtra.
Patekar recently gave an interview to a news channel, and when questioned about Pratusha, he said:
Patekar, who was among the first celebs to bring masses’ attention towards the tragic deaths by farmers has in the past few years started an NGO called NAAM Foundation along with Marathi actor Makrand Anaspure.
Actors Nana Patekar (L) and Makrand Anaspure (R) with a farmer’s family YouTube
Patekar too on a personal front has done a lot for the farmers and regularly visits the villages and families of the farmers who committed suicide.
Last year alone, Maharashtra saw 3,228 farmers committing suicide, which on an average bring their death toll to almost nine farmers a day. Out of these 3228 farmers, 83 per cent belong to state’s worst drought affected areas, the Vidarbha and Marathwada.