The recent news of veteran actress Sonali Bendre being diagnosed with cancer certainly came as a blow for the fans. Famous for her roles in movies like ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ and ‘Sarfarosh,’ she took to social media to share this news with fans and netizens. Earlier this year, another member of B-town revealed the news of being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Yes, we are talking about Irrfan Khan. We wish both Sonali and Irrfan speedy recovery and extend our prayers in their battle. However, there are Indian celebrities who survived cancer after fighting it bravely.
They also emerged as the source of inspiration and hope for many who are going through this ordeal. Also, most used their celebrity status to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer in a better way.
The beloved Bollywood beauty of yesteryear, Mumtaz bravely fought and survived breast cancer after being diagnosed at the age of 54. In 2010, she featured in the UniGlobe Entertainments documentary on cancer survival ‘1 a Minute’, with other international stars who had fought and survived cancer.
2. Anurag Basu
Director Anurag Basu is famously known for his critically acclaimed films. Not many know that this brave heart had fought blood cancer. After diagnosis, doctors gave him two months to live. However, that didn’t deter him from going ahead with directing a film from his hospital bed. He also wrote scripts for ‘Life in a Metro’ and ‘Gangster’ during this period.
3. Namrata Singh Gujral
Namrata Singh Gujral is an Indian actress who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32-year. Luckily the cancer was detected in the early stages which gave her the advantage to fight the dreaded disease. After her battle, she took initiative to make use of her production company’s platform to spread awareness about breast cancer.
4. Lisa Ray
This stunning actress fought her battle with cancer away from the piercing eyes of media. After winning her battle, Lisa came out with her story and shared her experience. In 2010, she bravely announced to the world that she was free of cancer after the successful treatment involving stem cell transplant.
5. Manisha Koirala
The beautiful actress with a captivating smile was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 42 years. She fought bravely against the disease in a New York hospital. She boldly posted her pictures during chemotherapy, not shying from the hair loss she suffered as a side effect. She moved ahead with a positive attitude and worked even when the chemotherapy was going on. She later used her celebrity status and her own struggle with cancer to inspire and spread hope among others.
6. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh treated cancer no differently than he treats the balls thrown at him by the bowlers. Yuvaraj successfully battled cancer and later wrote about the experience of the struggle in the book ‘The Test of My Life.’ After winning the battle, he made a comeback to cricket by playing Twenty20 match against New Zealand. He has been responsible for spreading motivation among many to fight cancer.
Do you know any other celebrities who survived cancer?