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Haryana govt gives ₹ 5 lakh financial help to ailing actor Sitaram Panchal

Panchal has been suffering from lung and kidney cancer. Pictures of him bedridden were widely shared on social media a few days back, along with his emotional message seeking help for the treatment.

bollywood Updated: Jul 20, 2017 08:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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A photo of Sitaram Panchal at his Mumbai residence. This was posted by Rajeev Bhatia - a Hisar resident who is also Sitaram’s junior from their theatre days. (Facebook/Rajeev Bhatia)

The Haryana government has promised financial help to ailing Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal, who is suffering from lung and kidney cancer.

Panchal originally belongs to Narwana town of Haryana’s Jind district and has acted in popular movies such as Jolly LLB 2, Slumdog Millionaire, Peepli Live and Pan Singh Tomar. Filmmaker Ashwini Chaudhary, was in touch with the state government and had approached other members of the fraternity to help Panchal.

Sitaram Panchal was recently seen in Akshay Kumar’s Jolly LLB 2.

“Just got a call from CMO Haryana. Thank you for offering financial assistance to Sitaram Panchal,” Chaudhary tweeted. Chaudhary told Hindustan Times that the government has transferred ₹ 5 lakh to the account of Panchal, and will offer more money through other schemes.

“Other members of the industry are also coming forward to help Panchal’s family. From Haryana, actor Randeep Hooda called me and said he was going to help them,” said Chaudhary, who had directed Panchal in his award-winning Haryanvi movie Laado.

Pictures of bedridden Panchal were widely shared on social media, along with his emotional message seeking help for the treatment. Panchal’s wife had confirmed that his health had worsened during the last 10 months and the family was struggling to make ends meet since he was the sole breadwinner.

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First Published: Jul 19, 2017 21:36 IST