actor Sanjay Dutt
on Wednesday announced that he has emerged victorious in his health battle and shared a heartfelt note thanking his friends, family and fans for standing by him as he fought cancer.
In an official statement, he said, “The last few weeks were very difficult time for my family and me. But like they say, God gives the hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. And today, on the occasion of my kids’ birthday, I am happy to come out victorious from this battle and be able to give them the best gift I can — the health and well-being of our family.”
Sanjay Dutt’s statement
The statement further read, “This wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering faith and support from all of you. I am eternally grateful to my family, friends and all the fans who have stood by me and been my source of strength through this trying time. Thank you for the love, kindness and the countless blessings that you have sent my way.”
He also extended his gratitude to the team of doctors and medical staff at Kokilaben Hospital who looked after him.
A few days ago, Dutt in a video recorded by hairstylist Aalim Hakim, had said that he will be “out of this cancer soon.”
“Hi, this is Sanjay Dutt. Aalim its good to be back in your salon. Love the hair cut. If you see this, this is the recent scar in my life but I’ll beat it, I’ll beat it. I’ll be out of this cancer soon,” Dutt had said in the video.
On the work front, the actor will be next seen playing the antagonist Adheera in KGF Chapter 2. The film stars Kannada superstar Yash in the lead role and will also feature Raveena Tandon in a pivotal role.
B-Town fights the big ‘C’
B-Town stars Tahira Kashyap, Sonali Bendre, Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan among others fight the big ‘C’
Cancer has given a scare to many including bigwigs of Bollywood. However, our B-Town stars have faced the big ‘C’ bravely and have also come out victorious. While Tahira Kashyap battled breast cancer, Sonali Bendre was diagnosed with ‘high-grade cancer’ in 2018. Angrezi Medium actor Irrfan Khan was stationed in London for his treatment after he was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer. On the other hand, Rakesh Roshan was diagnosed with throat cancer and Manisha Koirala battled the ‘ovarian cancer’ bravely.
Bollywood stars like Tahira Kashyap, Manisha Koirala and Sonali Bendre are among those have also used their voice to spread awareness and inspire many people who are going through the same trauma and fighting on.
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor was stationed in New York for 11 months for his treatment. The actor fought the Big C in the Apple city with his wife by his side. His son Ranbir Kapoor and daughter Ridhima Sahani were also around him when he was fighting the deadly battle. Speaking to Mirror Online on July 17, Sr Kapoor said, “On the subject of my health, thanks to the prayers and good wishes of my family, friends and fans, I am perfect now. The cancer is in remission, but I am still under treatment. I have a crucial meeting with the doctors today at 10.45 am, there’s one treatment still left to be done. The problem is not the treatment but the reaction time. There is a six-week gap between one treatment and the next when all you can do is eat, shop, watch movies, live a normal life which I would rather do at home than here in New York. It’s been nine months and 16 days—I know since I have been counting the days—that I have been away. I really miss home.” Rishi Kapoor recently lost his elder sister Ritu Nanda to cancer. Photo: Instagram/@neetu54
Cancer can’t stop anyone from living their life, Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife Tahira Kashyap has shown that to the world. Tahira was diagnosed with breast cancer and she faced it with gracefully. Tahira spoke to Mirror on February 4, 2019, and said, “Cancer is something which you don’t expect will happen to you. Life is unpredictable but you need to take it head on. Whatever is there, you need to face it joyously. I am glad I was able to do that and now I am out of it.” She has been taking to social media and different platforms to spread awareness about it. In her interview, Tahira also stated that she was inspired by Sonali Bendre. Photo: Instagram/@tahirakashyap
Sonali Bendre has been an inspiration for many. The actress was diagnosed with ‘high-grade cancer’ in 2018. She took to social media to share about her journey with fans. The actress never shied away from showing her bald look after chemotherapy and proved ‘beauty is in the eyes of the beholder’. After battling the big C, Sonali also returned to work and shared the news with the world. “Being back on a set after a major sabbatical – one that has been testing in many ways on so many levels – is a surreal feeling. After all this, I sort of feel an additional sense of purpose and meaning and I’m so grateful to be back in action. I don’t think words would do justice to how beautiful it feels to be back at work…to face the camera again and portray the range of emotions required. Given that my emotions have been running high for the last couple of months, it feels good to give in to the emotions that the job requires. It’s just the kind of day that helps me #SwitchOnTheSunshine #OneDayAtATime,” she had written on social media. Photo: Instagram/@iamsonalibendre
Irrfan Khan had shocked his fans with his announcement about battling neuroendocrine cancer. The actor remained quiet during his treatment in London and requested fans and media to grant him some privacy. Recently, in September 2019, Irrfan had undergone a surgery in London after he wrapped up Angrezi Medium shoot. Thanking his fans from standing by him during his difficult time, Irrfan wrote on social media, “Maybe somewhere in the pursuit of winning, we forget how much it means to be loved. In our vulnerability, we are reminded. As I leave my footprints onto these steps of my life, I want to pause to be grateful for receiving your immense love and support, it soothed me in my process of healing. So I travel back to you, thanking you from the bottom of my heart.” Photo by Ravindra Nayak C H/BCCL
Veteran actor and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan was diagnosed with throat cancer in January 2019. His superstar son, Hrithik Roshan, broke the news on social media. The filmmaker underwent surgery in Mumbai. In a heartwarming post, Hrithik had written, “Asked my dad for a picture this morning. Knew he wouldn’t miss gym on surgery day. He is probably the strongest man I know. Got diagnosed with early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat a few weeks ago, but he is in full spirits today as he proceeds to battle it. As a family we are fortunate and blessed to have a leader like him.” Hrithik’s sister Sunaina Roshan is also a cancer survivor. Photo: Instagram/@hrithikroshan
Manisha Koirala was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2012. She had gone through intensive treatment and painful chemotherapy sessions in New York. The Dil Se actress had fought the big C bravely and have been spreading awareness ever since. The actress was last seen in Raj Kumar Hirani’s Sanju, playing Ranbir Kapoor’s mother Nargis. Ranbir played Sanjay Dutt in the film. Photo: Instagram/@m_koirala
Bollywood actress Lisa Ray was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and has fought it with full spirit. Lisa was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. The actress also came out with her autobiography Close To The Bone last year. Lisa was later declared cancer-free, after a stem cell transplant. She is a proud mother of twin girls – Soleil and Sufi. Photo: Instagram/@lisaraniray
Filmmaker Anurag Basu was also diagnosed with leukaemia and have fought the battle bravely. In an interaction with TOI, Basu said, “It definitely makes you understand the world around you better. My best work came after my illness. That can’t be a coincidence. When you fight death you understand life better.” Photo by Arnab Chakraborty/BCCL