Posts tagged cancer
As Lisa Ray embarks on a new chapter in her life, she looks back at her journey
Rupam Jain (BOMBAY TIMES; July 10, 2012)
A‘cancer graduate’ is (now) an old synonym she uses for herself. Lisa Ray is set to begin another chapter in her life — marriage. Here she talks about love, life and more. Read on…
You always put yourself last? I did, but that was before I was diagnosed with cancer. My life was different then. In fact, I don’t know if I can call it life in the real sense. It was all about work, work and work. I think I missed out on a lot of things that bring joy. I didn’t have time for myself or for others. Cancer has, in a way, given me a life worth living. Today, I don’t put myself last.
You’re marrying at the age of 40… (Pauses) I like the fact that I am marrying at 40, because today I am a more mature and balanced person. I have seen life through its ups and downs, I have understood relationships, the secrets of life and I’m well placed today. When people ask me ‘What are the projects you are doing now?’ I say, I have a lot of projects in hand and marriage is one of them. It’s a project that needs to be taken seriously and worked upon. But frankly, I think if I was married in my 20s, the marriage would’ve failed. That’s because my life was different. I didn’t have balance then. Moreover, life had many teachings in store. Then came cancer, and people attached to me had to understand what I had been going through. So, when I look back, I think I am marrying at More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 14, 2012)
Boney Kapoor’s ex-wife and Arjun Kapoor’s mother, 47-year-old Mona Kapoor, has been diagnosed with cancer. Four days back, the filmmaker’s former wife was wheeled into Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai and is currently undergoing treatment on its 15th floor. A source close to Mona told Mumbai Mirror, “Mona’s condition was really bad when she was brought to the hospital. She was unable to eat anything. But she is slowly recovering. In fact, she did manage to eat a little today. The doctors haven’t decided when she will be discharged yet.”
The filmmaker’s former spouse had in fact been rather unwell for the last five months. Her condition deteriorated around the same time her friend, actress Deepshikha tied the knot in January 2012. Unable to attend the wedding due to her illness, Mona had at the time posted on her social networking profile: “Am feelng Sooo unwell..missed attndng my dear frnd deepshikhas sangeet and wedding..feeling so bad..god bless her wth happiness, Always.” However, a few days later, when actor Ranjeet hosted a dinner party for the newlyweds, Mona had been a part of the festivities.
The source added, “Mona’s son Arjun and daughter Anshala are very worried. It has been rather tough on Arjun who has been preparing for the release of his debut film Ishaqzaade.”
Her ex-husband Boney, who is on a work-trip to Dubai, too, has been keeping a close tab on her health.
However, when we tried to contact the family members, More >
Priyanka rushes to Ajmer Sharif to offer special prayers for her father who is battling a second bout of cancer
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 7, 2012)
She has always been her daddy’s girl. Standing by her father even when he was dogged by vicious controversy. And now, Mirror has learnt, Priyanka Chopra is flying down to Ajmer Sharif to offer a special prayer for the ailing Dr Ashok Chopra.
A source close to Priyanka revealed, “Dr Chopra was diagonsed with cancer in 2009. After prolonged treatment, he was quite alright. But it seems the problems have resurfaced.”
A concerned Priyanka has been spending as much time with him as possible. The family has been together, with her mother Dr Madhu Chopra and her younger brother, by her father’s side almost all the time.
The actress has had her hands full, hopping from Hyderabad, where she is shooting for Krrish 3, to Darjeeling, where she is shooting for Barfi. “Dr Chopra had flown down to Darjeeling to spend time with Priyanka. Father and daughter are very close to each other,” said the source.
It was in 2009, that Dr Chopra was diagnosed with the dreaded disease and was hospitalised for a while to undergo a major surgery. At that time he had fondly and proudly said of his daughter, “Priyanka looks after me very well. She was with me in the hospital throughout. There was brief spell of well-being. But in 2011 again, Dr Chopra complained of extreme weakness and his alarmed doctors advised him to take rest, but under More >
Still fighting his way out of cancer, Aadesh Srivastava received yet another blow in the form of his brother’s death, yesterday.
Chitresh Srivastava who had been Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s manager for the last few years and had been managing his tours worldwide met with a car accident and died on the spot, in Chicago where they were travelling for a concert.
“Chitresh’s car was trailing Rahat’s when the incident happened. Chitresh died on the spot while three others including Rahat’s cousin were severely injured,” informed a friend. “The other’s have been admitted to a hospital and they are arranging to fly down Chitresh’s body to India in a couple of days for the cremation,” he added.
Before turning Rahat’s manager Chitresh had also assisted his brother as a budding musician. He had worked as an assistant music director in films like Zameen, Aankhen, Major Saab, Kunwara and Veergati.
Back from the jaws of death, music composer Aadesh Shrivastava relives his battle with cancer and the cold-shoulder treatment meted out to him by the film fraternity
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 04, 2011)
Aadesh Shrivastava suffered a big blow, when he was diagnosed with cancer. But what followed was worse than the fear of death. Isolation and ostracization from almost the entire entertainment industry, has left Aadesh and his wife Vijayata Pandit sad and upset, if somewhat wiser, for life.
Speaking to Mumbai Mirror for the first time after he was diagnosed, Aadesh said, “Falling ill so suddenly was traumatic. But the cold-shoulder treatment I got from the people with whom I’ve closely worked with for years, has caused me even more damage than the disease itself. Nobody came to visit me after I fell sick.”Aadesh Shrivastava with his wife Vijayata and their children
Aadesh had to sell his favourite Hummer car to pay the hospital bills. He told us, “I sold it at a throwaway price. I wanted my family to be with me. I’m a very emotional person. If a friend needs me, I will run at 2 am to help.
Where were all my friends during the worst time of my life?” A very few people from the industry came to see him like singer Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Shekhar Suman, lyricist Prasoon Joshi and director J.P. Dutta.
Fellow music composer Anu Malik along with the Bachchans, actress Shilpa Shetty and Preity Zinta showed their genuine concern. Shrivastava More >
She’s dating Paris-based fashion photographer Paolo Zambaldi; sources say there could be a wedding by this year-end
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; April 9, 2011) Wedding bells may be ringing for actress and cancer survivor Lisa Ray (39), and Paris-based fashion photographer Paolo Zambaldi (36). The actress, who was previously dating Canadian businessman W Brett Wilson (53), broke up with him last year. Lisa, who stays in Toronto, often travels to New York to spend time with her new beau.
“It has been like a rebirth for Lisa. After being diagnosed with cancer, her view towards life has changed a lot. She had a deep emotional connect with ex-boyfriend Brett as they are both cancer survivors. With Paolo, it is sheer romance. She was bowled over by him. He loves travelling, is spontaneous and they share the same view towards life and work. Lisa has confessed to friends that Paolo is the man she would want to spend her life with,” tells a source on conditions of anonymity.
Whenever he is in New York, she joins him. The two have been on biking trips together too. “Paolo loves the adrenaline rush from the sport and inspired Lisa to buy a mountain bike for their jaunts together. The fashion photographer has also forayed into directing short films and he cast Lisa in Another Day. Like most lovers, they can’t do anything without each other. Insiders insist they will soon exchange rings, mostly by the end of the year, in a private and More >
MUMBAI MIRROR; March 22, 2011
The Canadian actress and former model, Lisa Ray, has signed onto the Canadian TV drama series, Endgame (2011).
In the Thunderbird Films production, Ray essays the role of Rosemary Venturi, the fiancée of the Russian world champion chess master, Arkady Balagan, who the serial is based on.
Previously, the actress was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2009. The stem cell transplant sucessfully put her cancer in remission.
After taking time to spread cancer awareness, she went onto star in the documentary drama film, 1 a Minute (2010), and the thriller, Trader Games (2010).
Ray also featured for one episode on the TV drama series, Murdoch Mysteries.
In Endgame (2011), she has been cast for all thirteen episodes.Lisa Ray plays Arkady Balagan’s (Russian world chess master) fiancée in Endgame
The never married 60-year-old met particle physicist Atul Gurtu on Facebook and surprised family and herself with the decision to take the plunge
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 10, 2011)
Suhasini Mulay has broken age-related stereotypes by not only getting hitched at the age of 60 but also by using the medium of the new age the Internet to find her Mr Right.
The five time national awardee and popular screen mom told Mumbai Mirror she met 65-year-old physicist Atul Gurtu online.
Mulay, who has won acclaim for her roles Hu Tu Tu, Dil Chahta Hai and Lagaan, said he was her Facebook friend and she met the particle physicist only after months of chatting online. “I was wary because I had met him online.
He was from a completely different profession. For him, the Atom is the biggest concern. My knowledge of these things is as good as yours.
I googled his name and found his resume interesting. His pictures on Facebook and on the TIFR site matched so I knew he was not a fake. We started chatting in July last year.Suhasini says she fell in love with her husband when she read an article that he had written about the death of his first wife
While she had many FB friends, she was drawn to Gurtu because of the nature of their conversations. “I have won five national awards, one for Hu Tu Tu and four for documentaries I made.
All my documentaries were non-fictional. I have always been into reading serious material. We were able to chat about More >
MUMBAI MIRROR; March 09, 2011
We kick-off a series of photographs from Bollywood’s ever-colourful past with this rare and treasured photograph of the entire Dutt clan.
Photographer Jagdish Aurangabadkar recalls shooting this family picture at Chembur’s RK studios where they had gone to attend the reception of Rishi and Neetu Kapoor.
This was 1979 note the broad lapels of Sanjay Dutt’s natty jacket when men were still male and not metrosexuals.
It was at this occasion that Bollywood was also introduced to the magical voice of a young Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, his fame just beginning to cross Pakistan.
So there’s Nargis Dutt in her trademark colour–she was often referred to as as the Lady in White beaming despite the underlying poignancy of her presence at RK Studios, an unadorned but beautiful Namrata Dutt.
There’s the teenage Sanjay Dutt, still untouched by the spectre of drugs, tomboyish Priya Dutt who has since metamorphosed into a poised woman and Member of Parliament, then too her Daddy’s favourite.
But the focal point of this photograph is Sunil Dutt, his casual stance, as opposed to the slightly stiff pose of the rest of his family, speaking of his ease with his stardom, as also genuine happiness.
Just a year later, Nargis Dutt was detected with cancer, Sanjay was floundering in a drug-induced haze and Sunil Dutt had to put aside his career to take on the cares of his family.
Sonu Nigam has hired a chartered aircraft for his ailing mother to commute to Bangalore for ayurvedic treatment
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 24, 2011)
We often hear about celebrities jetsetting to various destinations to holiday and party but beyond all the glamour and fanfare, family has proven to always come first.
It was only in December that singer Sonu Nigam’s 61-year-old mother Shobha was diagnosed with stage four of cancer.
Ever since, Nigam has been scanning the city and beyond in search of medication that could cure his mother.
However, since the doctors said they could not do anything more to help Shobha, the Nigam family has not let the lack of allopathic cures deter them.
The family has found a new ray of hope in an ayurved practitioner in Bangalore.
Sonu is trying to stay positive and is stopping at nothing to provide the best for her. To facilitate her treatment he has hired a chartered aircraft for her so that she can commute between Mumbai and Bangalore, whenever need be. Our source tells us, “Sonu is extremely close to his parents and this news about his mother has shattered him.
Sonu is doing everything in his capacity for his mother. His mother is at the last stage of cancer and someone suggested that a vaid in Bangalore can help patients.
Sonu got in touch with him and now his mother is being treated by the vaid. Sonu is hoping for a miracle and so has hired a 14-seater plane for as long as his mother needs to travel to More >