Actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Jackie Shroff have helped veteran actor Savita Bajaj financially after she was struggling to pay her hospital bills, Times of India reported.
Bajaj, who had recently fought Covid-19, has been diagnosed with emphysema, a lung disease that causes shortness of breath, for which she requires oxygen support. The veteran actor was hospitalised for over three weeks.
Nupur Alankar, care committee member of CINTAA (Cine and TV Artistes’ Association), who has been taking care of Bajaj, told TOI that while Khurrana and Shroff helped financially, actor Sonu Sood donated an oxygen concentrator.
Alankar said that after actor Rajeshwari Sachdeva had posted on Instagram about Bajaj’s condition, Khurrana had transferred a large sum of money. She added that it was a huge relief as it enabled them to discharge the ailing actor from the hospital. Shroff, too, transferred a ‘decent’ sum to Savita’s account, the report further said.
The report also states that CINTAA had earlier provided Rs 50,000 as medical assistance to Bajaj and were also giving her a monthly stipend of Rs 5000 for her medicines and other expenses over the past few years.
Bajaj, who has been discharged, told TOI that she is feeling better now and added that Alankar has been a godsend. “She assured me that she would be by my side throughout and kept her word. She visited me at the hospital daily. Nupur and her sister, Jigyaasa, have brought me to their home. It seems like a miracle,” the veteran actor said.
She is currently staying at Alankar’s sister’s home. “It will be easier to take her to the hospital if there is a need in the future. I will be visiting her daily to check on her health. For now, she needs oxygen support,” Alankar told TOI.
Bajaj has acted in over 50 films and television shows. Among the most popular films she has starred in are Nadia Ke Paar, Nishant, Nazrana and Beta Ho Toh Aisa. Meanwhile, on television, she has appeared in shows like Nukkad, Maayka, and Kavach, among a few others.