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Sonali Bendre speaks about her battle with cancer: ‘It had spread all over my abdomen but I never thought I would die’

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Sonali Bendre, who returned to India after nearly six months in the US where she was being treated for cancer, has appeared on the cover of a magazine and is redefining life after illness. The actor shared a picture of herself on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

Sharing it, she wrote: “There’s no one way to tell how our experiences change us or shape us. Not all transformations are visible. What I’ve learnt is to never let it hold me back. I’d rather dress up and show up! That’s how I would describe my shoot for the @bazaarindia cover.” Wearing a pale powder blue dress with her short crop of hair — Sonali had to shave off her hair due to the illness, Sonali is a picture of hope.

Speaking to the magazine, Sonali said, “So when my PET [Positron Emission Tomography] scan showed up cancer had spread all over my abdomen, like fairy lights scattered all over, and when the doctor in New York said that there was about 30 per cent chance of it all going away, we were shattered.”

However, the 44-year-old actor says she and her family never lost hope. “But the thought of death didn’t come to me. I thought this was going to be a long struggle, but I never thought I’d die.”

Sonali recently appeared on a TV show with her best friends Gayatri Oberoi and Sussanne Khan as well, where she spoke about how, early in her career, her hair was the talk of the town. Not only did she get her first acting break, thanks to her luscious mane, she also endorsed a whole host of hair products during that time. “”Now that I think of it, my whole life had been all about my hair, even though it sounds superficial. I’ve endorsed every hair product at some point in my life,” the Mumbai Mirror quoted her as saying. Sonali had shaved off her hair during her treatment and had shared it with the world in a poignant post.

She recently appeared in her first ad post illness. Appearing in it, she narrated an incident from her childhood watching her grandmother tie a knot in her sari’s pallu so as to remember what all she had to do. She had written: “I once saw my grandmother tie a knot on the tail of her saree’s pallu. As a curious child, I asked her why she did it. She said she couldn’t remember everything all the time, so this knot would keep reminding her what she needs to do. I want you to also do this today. Tie a knot and take a pledge to share your #MujheSabNahiPata #IDidntKnow stories. Your story could help another mother be better prepared. I nominate @ruchitarambles and @chandrama_poetry to tie the protection knot and share their stories.”

Ever since her arrival in India in December last year, Sonali has been quietly but calmly getting back to her routine. The actor was seen celebrating Christmas with her close friends, Gayatri and Sussanne and their respective spouse and ex-husband. She also showed up at the wedding celebrations of Mukesh Ambani’s son, Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta in March this year.

The actor also spoke about how at first they were not told about what stage of cancer she had. Speaking to Rajeev Masand, she mentioned how it was only after reaching New York that her doctors there told her that not only did she have Stage IV cancer, she had only 30% chances of survival. She also said it was her husband Goldie Behl’s decision to go to New York and that till she reached the city, she wasn’t convinced about it.

“I land in New York and next day, we go to the doctor. He looks at everything and we had sent all our tests and he says, you know, it is fourth stage and you have 30% chance of survival. That really hit me; I just turned to Goldie and I remember saying: ‘Thank God, you got me here’. Goldie always says that ‘tomorrow I’d rather feel I over-reacted, over-spent than under-reacted and have that regret that I should have done that’. There was no time for it and we were not told that it was fourth stage but Goldie had started reading about it and he was suspecting it.”

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US woman’s bhangra performance wins hearts. Watch video

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A US lady has left netizens stunned with her bhangra dance. The lady is seen killing the bhangra moves in a video shared on Instagram.

In the video, she is seen performing bhangra in her kitchen wearing a T-shirt and yoga pants. She effortlessly performs to the melody “Chidi Blauri”, sung by Mannat Noor and Ammy Virk, from 2018 film Laung Laachi. Happily, she grooves energetically, winning the hearts of netizens.

“Something delayed for now,” Omala, the Instagrammer captioned the post. The video has earned more than 1.2 million hits on Instagram.

One of her social media follower commented, “hell yes, you had the swag and attitude and perfectly done steps to traditional Bhangra! Whoot whoot.” Another client remarked, “What aa dance ????? amazing ?.”

 

 

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Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor’s wedding: Couple’s big day is finally here, the couple is set to tie the knot today

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Finally, Ranbir and Alia are to tie the knot today. Ranbir Kapoor’s whole family is excited about it. Yesterday, the Yeh Jawani hai Deewani star held Mehendi and Haldi ceremonies at his Pali Hill residence Vastu. Apart from his family members, several other stars such as Karan Johar, etc were present at the rituals. Neetu Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor have already confirmed with the paparazzi that Alia and Ranbir are tying the knot today i.e 14th April, some reports however suggest that the muhurat of Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt wedding is at 3:30 pm. In a recent interview, Shakti Kapoor said that Rishi Kapoor wanted to see Ranbir-Alia’s wedding with his own eyes and he is glad that Ranbir didn’t delay the wedding anymore.

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Kareena Kapoor, Amrita Arora confirm testing COVID-19 positive in official statements

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Actors Kareena Kapoor Khan and Amrita Arora shared official statements on Monday confirming that they have tested positive for COVID-19.

The ‘3 Idiots’ actor took to her Instagram handle and shared a story in which she wrote, “I have tested for positive for COVID. I immediately isolated myself while following all medical protocols. I request anyone who has come in contact with me to please get tested.”
Kareena further continued, “My family and staff are also double vaccinated. They are currently not showing any symptoms. Thankfully, I am feeling ok and hope to be up and about soon.”

Amrita too shared her statement on Insta Stories and wrote, “I have tested positive for COVID. I am following all the medical guidelines and BMC rules.
Anyone who has been in contact with me, please get tested. My family and staff are all fully vaccinated and have all tested negative. Stay safe, stay Responsible.”

Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has revealed that the residence of Kareena has been sealed. They also said that “she has not given proper information yet but our officers are trying to find out that how many people did come in contact with her.”
It was reported earlier today that the duo had been attending several parties recently and hence might be super-spreaders of the deadly virus.
BMC had also instructed the people who came in contact with either Kareena or Amrita, to undergo an RT-PCR test.
Earlier in the day, Kareena’s official spokesperson in a statement had told that both Kareena and Amrita had contracted COVID-19 at an “intimate dinner where a few friends had gathered to catch up.”

Almost a week ago, Kareena and Amrita had attended a fun get-together hosted at the Mumbai residence of Anil Kapoor’s daughter Rhea Kapoor. (ANI)

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