Sidharth Shukla‘s sudden death has sent shockwaves all over the entertainment industry. The 40-year-older actor passed away after suffering a massive cardiac attack. His last rites were performed at the Oshiwara crematorium on Friday afternoon. He is survived by his mother and two sisters.
Sidharth became a household name after the popular show ‘Balika Vadhu.’ He portrayed the role of Shivraj Shekhar opposite Pratyusha Banerjee, who died in 2016 by suicide. Pratyusha essayed the character of Anandi.
Now, in the latest interview, Pratyusha Banerjee’s father Shankar Banerjee has revealed that during the novel coronavirus lockdown, Sidharth, who he called ‘my son,’ had forcibly sent ₹20,000 to him and his wife, and he often use to ask about their well-being after Pratyusha’s death.
“I can’t understand how this happened. I considered him to be my son. During Balika Vadhu, Sidharth and Pratyusha had become close friends. He used to come home as well. After Pratyusha’s death, many people talked about the relationship between Sidharth and my daughter, because of which Sidharth had stopped coming home. He often asked me in messages on WhatsApp,” he said.
When asked about Sidharth’s last messages to him, Pratyusha’s father said “During this lockdown, he used to constantly message me. I got his last message a couple of months ago. He used to ask in the message ‘Uncle, aunty do you need help?’, ‘Are you guys fine?’, ‘Can I help in any way?’ He had forcibly sent ₹20,000.”
Meanwhile, Sidharth Shukla’s last rites took place in the presence of his family members, close friends, and several celebrities. Sidharth’s mother Rita Shukla and rumored girlfriend Shehnaaz Gill, were seen devastated by the actor’s sudden demise.