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Ayushmann Khurrana, wife Tahira Kashyap make first public appearance since breast cancer surgery. Watch video

Tahira Kashyap joined husband Ayushmann Khurrana for the screening of the actor’s new movie AndhaDhun for her first appearance since revealing she had a mastectomy.

bollywood Updated: Oct 03, 2018 14:45 IST
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Hindustan Times
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Ayushmann Khurrana has stood by his wife Tahira Kashyap’s side as she fights breast cancer. (Instagram)

A beaming Tahira Kashyap, wife of actor Ayushmann Khurrana, made her first public appearance, since revealing she was diagnosed with cancer and she underwent a mastectomy, as she attended a film screening on Tuesday. Dressed in a cute denim dress by fashion designer Shahin Mannan, the 35-year-old writer-director looked healthy and poised as she joined her husband at the special screening of his new film, AndhaDhun, at Mumbai. The couple was all smiles as they posed for photos, looking as captivated with each other as ever.

Actors Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar also attended the screening. AndhaDhun director Sriram Raghavan was also present and posed for pictures with the film’s female lead, Radhika Apte, who brought full-on glamour at the event. Radhika’s head-to-toe emerald-hued outfit had us green with envy. Her and Ayushmann’s crime-thriller releases Friday, October 5.

On September 22, Tahira announced in an Instagram post that she underwent a mastectomy, after doctors detected early signs of breast cancer. Days later the mother-of-two chronicled her decision to have the surgery in a piece she penned for Mumbai Mirror.

In her thoughtful article, Tahira delved into her decision to have a mastectomy and why it was so important for her to share her experience with other women. Speaking about how she just wants to start a conversation about something women don’t talk about enough, Tahira wrote that usually a mammogram (an X-ray of the breast) is not recommended to women aged 35; especially if there is no family history of breast cancer. But her doctor insisted on it, in turn, saved her life.

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An opportunity to give competition to the Kardashians just went wasted! A week back I mentioned about ‘my badge of honour’ that I was going to receive. And I did and am happy to share about it with the intention of it being received with love. As that’s the only reason I am posting it. Love for self and gratitude for the universe. The picture might be disturbing for some, but these drains have become my dumbells for a few days. I was detected with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) in my right breast with high grade malignant cells. Simply put stage 0 cancer/ pre-cancerous stage, with cancer cells multiplying in a contained area. The result I have become a half Indian version of Angelina Jolie (since only one breast was involved)! I told my doctor now is the time to give some competition to the Kardashians since Pamela is passé. But no one listened to me, so now I have a portion of my back tissue in my breast. Perhaps now I can do chin-ups with my breasts! Jokes apart, this obstacle has given me a new definition of life. Respect it’s unpredictability and have the faith and courage to be the hero of your own drama of life. The invincible human spirit is God like, gives you the courage to endure and the will to revive. There is nothing that human spirit can’t do. Also I want women of all ages to be aware. I am 35, and I was returned twice over from a mammogram. If any symptoms come up, think of it as a protective force and get yourselves examined. Also we are so obsessed with boobs. This mastectomy has left me with even more self love! Big, small, left or right inclined , gravity pulling or defying, or even none, each breast the presence or lack of it has a story to tell. Mine has made me a 2.0 version of myself! This post is dedicated to awareness, self love and resilience of a warrior that I know each one of us possesses❤️ #breastcancerawareness #selflove #determination #faith #bodhisattva #bodhisattvaoftheearth

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“Getting a health check-up or more specifically a mammogram, is something women or their family members hesitate doing. Some feel if they get the screening done, they might end up getting it. Not true, neither do your breasts have an extra magnetic field of their own nor do they have some centripetal force that they will attract something onto or into themselves. Also, they do not secrete pheromones that cancer will get attracted to. Some get conscious about getting their breasts examined. Hesitation that can cost you your health and life is not worth it,” Tahira wrote, adding, “And trust me, the technicians see so many breasts in a day that no matter how much you want to believe, yours still wouldn’t be a rarity. So please take that bra off and let that goddamn machine do its work on them. The feeling or the thought that it can’t happen to me, should be buried. Let’s all of us exercise our wisdom,” she wrote.

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First Published: Oct 03, 2018 14:40 IST