By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
Amidst the news of Mandira Bedi's filmmaker-husband, Raj Kaushal's demise, the reports of veteran actor, Dilip Kumar and Naseeruddin Shah's hospitalisation has disheartened the Bollywood fans. While Dilip Kumar was admitted again within a month due to breathlessness, Naseeruddin Shah's health update was given by his manager after the reports of him, admitted in the hospital surfaced in the media.
Born in Barabanki, UP, into a Pashtun Muslim family, Naseeruddin Shah attended the National School of Drama in Delhi to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. Naseeruddin became one of the most celebrated veteran actors of the film fraternity and the discussion on cinema will always be incomplete without his mention.
Naseeruddin Shah was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai two days ago and was under medical supervision. On finding a patch in his lungs, he was immediately admitted to the hospital. His manager was quoted as saying by Bombay Times, "He has been in the hospital for two days. He's under medical supervision. He was brought in for Pneumonia. There was a patch found in his lungs and it became necessary for him to be hospitalised immediately. His condition is stable and he's responding well to the treatment." His wife, Ratna Pathak Shah is by his side at the hospital.
In a similar scenario, last year, after Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor's demise, rumours of Naseeruddin Shah's ill-health was all over the media. Clarifying the reports and refuting such speculations about his father's health, Vivaan Shah had tweeted, "All well everyone! Baba's just fine. All the rumours about his health are fake. He's keeping well. Praying for Irfan Bhai and Chintu ji. Missing them a lot. Deepest condolences to their families. Our hearts go out to all of them. It's a devastating loss for all of us."
In a throwback interview with Firstpost, Naseeruddin Shah was asked how is he seeking comfort during the lockdown. He was quoted as saying, "As I said, I have read quite a bit of Shakespeare; I haven't watched as many movies as I thought I would. I've been more involved in reading. I have been reading Evelyn Waugh, who also is one of my favourite writers. And I have been reading Anthony Burgess — I am finishing the Enderby Series. So yes, quite a lot of material has gone in during this period."
Answering what are his biggest concerns, at the moment, as an artist above the age of 60, Naseeruddin Shah had retorted, "But my concern is not so much about being left out in the cold, or not getting employment. They'll always need an old man — even in youthful stories, they'll need an old man or an old woman. But if it happens, it happens, which means I won't be of any use. What bothers me, if anything, is to become a liability on the family, and that is why I consider it my responsibility to look after my health."
We wish for Naseeruddin Shah's speedy recovery!