Pratham, the winner of Big Boss Kannada season 4, attempted suicide on April 5. He went live on Facebook from his home at Basaveshwar Nagar. In this live video posted on his official page, Pratham said that he is taking this extreme step because of misunderstanding between him and his friend Lokesh.
He said that he was upset with the way there were certain rumours about his career and personal life, which had affected him adversely . It was roughly around 5 am when Pratham went online and his video lasted for over 20 minutes.
On Tuesday night, Pratham popped some sleeping pills live on camera and said this would be his last Facebook interaction.
He said, “I am disturbed a lot due to harassment from Lokesh. I am not able to bear the torture of Lokesh. I am yet to receive prize amount from the TV channel but many people are asking me when I am planning to distribute that money to the needy people.”
He blamed the media for publishing false news about him. The Big Boss contestant had promised to donate the money that he won through the contest. Post his victory, people questioned him when he was going to donate the money and why he hadn’t done it so far.
In the live video, he said, “I have received the cheque only now and I do not wish to keep a single penny to myself.” He also showed the cheque and passbooks of his account. He also explained that his friend Lokesh had misused his name, and is even now trying to ruin his reputation. He also said, “Anything that I do is being wrongly projected. I cannot take it anymore. This will be my final Facebook Live video and sorry If I have hurt anyone.”
Police sources say that Pratham took only a few pills that didn’t do any lasting damage. He is now out of danger, and police may consider slapping a case under IPC 309 (for attempted suicide) against him – though attempted suicide has now been decriminalised by the Mental Healthcare Bill passed by the Parliament last week. The bill is yet to get the President’s assent to become law.
Before the act, he gave a 4-minute speech to his friends about being depressed after an amateur director, Lokesh, allegedly humiliated him on social media. Lokesh later alleged that he was man-handled by Pratham during an argument much before the public spat. Lokesh had also filed a police complaint over being pushed around and attacked by the actor.
Pratham, in his ‘live’ speech on Facebook, said he wanted to teach Lokesh a lesson by taking this extreme step, and hoped that “at least after his death,” people would think twice before posting derogatory comments about others.
Pratham’s co-contestant at Bigg Boss Niranjan Deshpande, for instance, said, “We all knew he did a lot of drama in the (Bigg Boss) house, but didn’t know he would stoop so low. Anyone who commits suicide, will not announce it to the whole world.”
“Pratham will do anything for publicity, but I don’t know if this act was also for publicity. If he is done this to gain attention, its wrong,” said, Bhuvan Ponanna, another Big Boss co-contestant said.