Bigg Boss Kannada winner Pratham attempts suicide on Facebook live

Bigg Boss Kannada season four winner M Pratham attempted suicide by consuming sleeping pills at his home in Bangalore, Karnataka on Tuesday, April 4. The actor-filmmaker who is set to debut in Kannada film ‘Devrantha Manushya’, went live on Facebook before taking the extreme step, saying that he felt humiliated by the rumours against him spread by an industry friend named Lokesh.

The incident comes a day after an aspiring stand-up comedian Arjun Bharadwaj committed suicide in Mumbai in a similar manner, live streaming the act on Facebook.

In the video, Pratham 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. Pratham had promised to donate the money that he would receive after winning ‘Bigg Boss’. Post his victory, people questioned him when he was going to donate the money and why he hadn’t done it so far.

“I have received the cheque only now and I do not wish to keep a single penny to myself,” He said in the video, and showed the cheque and passbooks of his account. He explained that his friend Lokesh had misused his name, and is even now trying to ruin his reputation.

He added, “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.”

Before ending the live video, Pratham said, “They are claiming that I demanded Rs 60,000 to attend an event organised by an orphanage, which is not true. Even a status updated on my Facebook page is being interpreted in a wrong way. I never imagined committing suicide in my life, but these people are not letting me lead a peaceful life. At least let my death become a lesson for you all.”

Pratham was rushed to a hospital in Nagarabhavi and was treated immediately and is now said to be doing fine, a leading daily stated citing his friends.