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Rishi Kapoor on fighting cancer: ‘Neetu stood by me like a rock, Ranbir and Ridhima shouldered my problems’

Rishi Kapoor has confirmed that he is cancer-free, saying that wife Neetu Kapoor has stood by him as he fought the disease while children Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor Sahni shouldered all responsibility.

bollywood Updated: May 03, 2019 10:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Rishi Kapoor with wife Neetu Kapoor and son Ranbir Kapoor in the US where he is undergoing treatment for cancer.
Rishi Kapoor with wife Neetu Kapoor and son Ranbir Kapoor in the US where he is undergoing treatment for cancer.
         

Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor, who is now cancer-free after undergoing treatment in the US for almost a year, has revealed that he is yet to undergo a bone marrow transplant and won’t be able to return to India at least for another two months. In a recent interview, he talked in detail about his fight with the disease and how his family -- wife Neetu Kapoor and kids Ranbir Kapoor and Ridhima Kapoor - rallied around him during the time. Filmmaker Rahul Rawail recently confirmed that Rishi is cancer-free now.

Speaking to Deccan Chronicle in an interview, Rishi said, “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.”

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Talking about his treatment, he added, “My eighth month of treatment started on May 1 in the US. But God has been kind! I am in remission, meaning now I am cancer-free. I will have to do a bone marrow transplant, which in all probability should take another two months minimum. Being in remission is a big thing and it’s all because of my family and my fans prayers and duas that have worked. I thank them all.”

He also said the experience has taught him the importance of patience: “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.”

Rishi revealed that he was flying to the USA for medical treatment last year. “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 tweeted in September 2018.

Rishi was last seen on silver screen in a cameo in Manto, directorial venture of noted actor Nandita Das.

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First Published: May 03, 2019 10:12 IST

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