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

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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