Sonali Bendre, battling cancer, shares her new look wearing a wig, writes an uplifting message
Sonali Bendre on Wednesday shared a video collage of her pictures with an accompanying post about wanting to look good despite the toll battling cancer has taken on her. “As part of the entertainment industry, you’re always expected to look good... Maybe that has been ingrained in me?” she wrote. The actor was seen wearing a wig in some of the photos while others had her ‘bald and beautiful’.
“Vanity is my favourite sin,” Sonali began her post by quoting Al Pacino. “Well, it might not be my all-time favourite sin (that would be gluttony), but who doesn’t like looking good?” she continued. “The way we look has a profound psychological impact on us... A little vanity here and there does no one any harm. It’s important to do what makes you happy, even if it’s something as simple as wearing a wig, bright red lipstick, high heels.... All that white noise doesn’t make a difference in the larger picture. No one can tell you what’s right or wrong for you.”
The actor added that she had some apprehensions about wearing a wig. “When I was testing out the wigs, I had a brief moment of self-doubt... ‘Am I vain for wanting to look good?’ As part of the entertainment industry, you’re always expected to look good... Maybe that has been ingrained in me? But then I gave it a thought and I realized I like looking good for me. If I’m in the mood to wear a scarf, I will. If I want to walk around bald and free, I will. Only you know what would make you feel good, and what works best for you. So take every opportunity you can to #SwitchOnTheSunshine. #OneDayAtATime.”
Sonali ended her post by thanking Priyanka Chopra “for connecting me with the amazing @bokheehair, who created my new look.”
The actor, who revealed in July that she had been diagnosed with ‘high grade’ cancer, included a picture of her ‘new look’, in which she is presumably wearing her wig.
The actor has made it a point to keep updating her fans with uplifting messages about her ongoing battle. She revealed her diagnosis in an emotional post. “Sometimes, when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I have recently been diagnosed with a high grade cancer that has metastised, which we frankly did not see coming. A niggling pain led to some tests, which led to this unexpected diagnosis. My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for. I am very blessed and thankful for each of them… I’m taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me,” she had written.
Subsequently, the actor thanked her friends for being there with her in this difficult time, and wrote about how she broke the news to her son, Ranveer. “As much as we wanted to protect him, we knew it was important to tell him the full facts. We’ve always been open and honest with him and this time it wasn’t going to be different. He took the news so maturely… and instantly became a source of strength and positivity for me. In some situations now, he even reverses roles and takes on being the parent, reminding me of things I need to do!” she had written.
Her husband, Goldie Behl, recently wrote on Twitter, “Thank you all for the love and support for Sonali. She is stable and is following her treatment without any complications. This is a long journey but we have begun positively.”
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