SONALI Bendre, Bollywood Actor, Battling With Cancer

INDIA’s film fraternity and movie buffs are saddened that another talented and popular star after Irrfan Khan is battling with cancer. Mumbai based actor Sonali Bendre Behl, who joined the movie world via modelling and has started in several Hindi, Marathai and South Indian movies, informs her countless fans through social media that she has been diagnosed with “high grade” cancer and is currently undergoing treatment in New York.The diagnosis a “curveball” but said her family and close friends have rallied around her and they remain “optimistic” in this difficult time.”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,” Sonali said in a statement. She has vowed to fight the dread disease ..”There is no better way to tackle this, than to take swift and immediate action. And so, as advised by my doctors, I am currently undergoing a course of treatment in New York. We remain optimistic and I am determined to fight every step of the way… I’m taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me,” she added. She has not revealed the type of cancer she is suffering from but thanked family and friends for the “immense outpouring of love and support”. Mumbai  born Bendre,43, best known for her role in ’90s movies such as “Sarfarosh”, “Diljale” and “Duplicate”, is married to filmmaker Goldie Behl. The couple has a 13-year-old son, Ranveer.Tthe actor, who has been more active on television in the past decade, recently left her judging chair at reality TV show “India’s Best Dramebaaz”. She has been replaced by Huma Qureshi. Her first role was in Aag (1994) opposite Govinda. The actress – model predominantly worked in Hindi films besides appearing in Telugu, Tamil, and Marathi and Kannada films. Her co-stars and members from the film industry like Karan Johar, Manish Malhotra have empathized with her and wish her speedy recovery.

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