Watching our favourite Bollywood celebrities suffering from a life-threatening disease is heartbreaking. But fans are equally happy when they overcome their illness and are welcomed into a new life.
B-Town celebs like Sonali Bendre, Irrfan Khan, and Tahira Kashyap have been brave survivors of cancer and have also been vocal about their journeys with the intention of spreading awareness. Even veteran actress Nafisa Ali, who is still undergoing treatment for cancer, takes on social media to share her journey with her followers.
Another big name that has been added to the list of brave survivors is Rishi Kapoor who recently announced in an interview that he is now “cancer-free”.
The 66-year-old actor took off for the US back in September last year for treatment. Before leaving, he had taken on Twitter to announce his leave of absence from work.
Hello all! I am taking a short leave of absence from work to go to America for some medical treatment. I urge my well wishers not to worry or unnecessarily speculate. It’s been 45 years “plus”of wear and tear at the movies. With your love and good wishes,I will be back soon!
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) September 29, 2018
Now, after having been cured of cancer, the actor opened up about his difficult journey.
Speaking to Deccan Chronical Rishi Kapoor said, “God has been kind! I am in remission, meaning now I am cancer-free.”
Even though the actor is yet to undergo a bone-marrow transplant which would take another two months, he thanks his family and fans for all their prayers, which he believes had a major part to play in his recovery.
But it is ultimately his wife, Neetu Kapoor, and children, Ranbir and Ridhima, he thanks the most!
“Neetu has stood by me like a rock. Otherwise, I am too difficult a person to handle as far as food and drink are concerned. My kids Ranbir and Ridhima have really shouldered my problems.”
Like it’s said, the most difficult journeys teach the most valuable lessons. Even for Rishi Kapoor, his tough times dealing with cancer has changed him a lot as a person.
“A person like me who has never had patience, this is God’s way to teach me patience. Getting well is a slow procedure. But it makes you grateful for the gift of life.”
We wish him a speedy recovery and hope that we see him in many more films to come!