Sonali Bendre talks about her cancer, hair loss and telling her son all about it
At the recent FICCI event held in Jaipur, Sonali Bendre was being compared to yesteryear actress, Manisha Koirala.So would she like to play the role of a cancer patient like Manisha did in Sanju, playing Nargis Dutt?
Sonali Bendre replied, “Manisha made a comeback when she was cancer free. I am not yet. My journey is a little different. I don’t think I would ever want to play the role of a cancer survivor and relive all those painful moments. There is so much to me than just being a cancer survivor. It is not a badge I want to wear and move around. The only reason I talk about it is that nobody discusses it. I am not a doctor or scientist. But if me coming out and discussing it is getting people to talk about it, then I think it’s my duty to talk about it instead of wallowing in self-pity.” Sonali also spoke about losing hair. “I have always had poker straight hair. I am hoping that these little twists that I am seeing how in my hair really last. And in this second round of life, I want slightly wavy hair so that my blow-dries are a little better. I am not looking for perfection anymore.”
Sonali then spoke about how tough it was for her to tell her son, Ranveer, about her cancer.
“Telling him about my cancer was both instinctive and selfish. Goldie and I felt that he is such an important part of the family and if something so huge is happening, he needed to be included in it. That was out instinct. The second thing was a very selfish motive. I didn’t know where I was heading. Whatever time was left, I wanted him with me. It was as simple as that.”