Actress Sonali Bendre who was undergoing treatment for a high grade cancer for months in New York, returned to Mumbai on Monday morning. She beamed with joy, flashed smiles, gave a thumbs up, and was thankful for all the love from fans who were waiting outside for her.
Sonali, known for her performances in films like Sarfarosh, Hum Saath Saath Hain and Duplicate, has been putting up a brave fight against metastatic cancer for months. She was seen in an all-black look, flaunting her shaved head with much confidence and bravado, just like she has been showing to her fans on social media. She was joined by her film producer husband Goldie Behl.
The actress also shared the pictures of her in the airport before returning to India.
— Sonali Bendre Behl (@iamsonalibendre) December 2, 2018
According to a report by NDTV, Goldie Behl told ANI that Sonali’s treatment is complete for now but she will have regular check-ups. He said, “Sonali is doing good. She is back for good. She is recovering very well. For now, treatment has ended. But the disease can come back so regular check-ups will be done.”
Earlier in July, the actress took to Twitter and Instagram to announce that she had been diagnosed with a high-grade cancer that has metastasized, and was undergoing treatment in New York. The 43-year-old actress had said she did not see this coming, and that life throws surprises at you when you least expect it. She further said that a nagging pain led her to run a few tests and an unexpected diagnosis thereafter.
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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. 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. What has helped has been the immense outpouring of love and support I’ve received over the past few days, for which I am very grateful. I’m taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me.
— Sonali Bendre Behl (@iamsonalibendre) July 4, 2018
While the actress was in New York, she hung out with Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner. She even met actor Rishi Kapoor, who was also in New York for medical treatment. Sonali also attended Priyanka Chopra’s bridal shower.
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It's always lovely to be part of someone's special moment and more so when it's a dear friend. What a fabulous evening @priyankachopra!!! Your bridal shower was filled with so much love and laughter. I wish all that and more for you as you take this next big step. Big hug and much love. P.S. it felt so great and also somewhat strange to wear a bright colour again! #RedIsTheColourOfRebirth
Apart from Bollywood, Sonali has also made a mark in films like Kadhalar Dhinam and Kannodu Kanbathellam in Tamil, Shankar Dada MBBS in Telugu and Anahat in Marathi. Sonali was last seen in a cameo role in Akshay Kumar’s Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara.