Actor Arya Banerjee, who was seen as Shakeela in Vidya Balan’s superhit film The Dirty Picture, was found dead at her south Kolkata residence on Friday. She was 33 years old. The young actor’s death has shocked many and tributes have started pouring in on social media.
Here are ten things to know about Arya Banerjee’s death:
1. Banerjee was the youngest daughter of late sitarist Pandit Nikhil Banerjee.
2. After trying her hand at modelling, she ventured into acting and went on to starred in movies like LSD: Love Sex Aur Dhoka (2010) and television show Savdhaan India.
3. Her real name was Devdatta Banerjee.
4. The Bengali actress was found lying in the bedroom when police broke into her south Kolkata residence on Friday.
5. Banerjee’s domestic help informed police after she did not respond to doorbells or phone calls in the morning.
6. A team of forensic experts found signs of nose bleeding and vomiting when they arrived at the scene and the 33-year-old actress’ body was sent for post-mortem. An investigation is underway in the case.
7. Arya Banerjee lived alone at a third-floor apartment in Kolkata’s Jodhpur Park. According to the police, she mostly ordered food from outside and used to spend time with her pet dog. “Neighbours said she didn’t mix with anyone in the locality,” the police officials revealed.
8. “Primarily there appears to be no foul play. The exact cause of death will be known when the post-mortem report reaches us,” a report by The Telegraph quoted a senior police officer of Lake police station.
9. As per the police, her call details are being scanned to see if she was in any distress and if she had received any food from outside in the last 24 hours.
10. Abhay actress and model Bidita Bag said that she knew Banerjee from her early modelling days and wrote on Twitter that she was a very “talented girl” who used to sing and dance like a rockstar.
Rest in peace Arya Banerjee…
In my early modelling days…I shared room with her…for my very first outstation project. She was a senior and a very famous model in kolkata…She pampered me a lot during our shooting days… #AryaBanerjee pic.twitter.com/7qr9bSHxV5
— Bidita Bag 🇮🇳 (@biditabag) December 11, 2020
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