By Rishabh Naudiyal Last Updated:
Paresh Rawal is one of the greatest actors of all time, and hardly needs any introduction. It was back in 1985 when he made his acting debut in the Hindi film industry with the film, Arjun. However, it was Paresh Rawal’s performance in the movie, Naam that grabbed the eyeballs of many filmmakers and critics across the industry.
Since then, Paresh Rawal has been a part of so many memorable films in his illustrious career. From shaking audiences’ nerves with his villainous roles to leaving everyone in splits with his comic timing, he is undoubtedly one of the biggest versatile actors ever.
Paresh Rawal is one of the few celebrities, who still love to guard their personal life from the eyes of paparazzi and media headlines. The actor always preferred to spend valuable time with his family instead of going out to extravagant B-town parties. Despite being associated with the glamour world, Paresh Rawal is a doting husband to his wife, Swaroop Sampat and their kids, Aditya Rawal and Aniruddh Rawal. While everyone knows the ups and downs in his professional life, not much is known about his personal life. One such unknown incident that almost collapsed him was when he lost his mother.
In an interview with The Times Of India, Paresh Rawal recalled the time when he was shooting for the film, Ready with director, Anees Bazmee when he received the unfortunate news of his mother’s demise. The actor admitted that he was completely heartbroken and was not in his senses at all. At that time, it was Salman Khan and his father, Salim Khan, who consoled him and gave him the strength to do his scene. Paresh Rawal also revealed that it was Salman, who made all the arrangements for his travel from Colombo to Mumbai. He said:
"When I heard the news, I felt a part of me died that very instant. I was numbed with grief. It was Salman Khan, who gave me strength to go through the day. He made all the arrangements of my travel back to Mumbai."
Not only this, Paresh Rawal also thanked Salman Khan and his father, Salim Khan, for encouraging him to work. As he admitted that if he hadn’t worked on that day, he would’ve surely collapsed in grief. Paresh Rawal thanked Salman and Salim for taking care of him when he was in the lowest phase of his life. Recalling the same, he said:
"If I was not working at that point of time, I’d have probably collapsed with grief. Salman bhai and his father Salim saab were great support and comfort. I don’t think I could’ve gone through that day if I hadn’t channelised my grief into work."
Paresh Rawal opened up about his mother's demise in a heart-to-heart conversation with Neelesh Misra on his YouTube talk show, The Slow Interview. For the unversed, Paresh Rawal’s mother experienced a hip fracture and a severe head injury, which was the main factor behind her sad demise. Despite doctors' best efforts, she was put on life support as her condition was quite serious. However, the doctors told Paresh that they couldn’t go for the necessary surgery because of his mother's age and her overall health condition. Thus, they suggested him to pull the plug and stop prolonging her death. Recalling the same, he had said:
"He (Doctor) told me, 'Paresh, she’s on life support. Even if she wakes up, she will not recognise anybody. She’s old, and she might not survive the surgery. Her brain has been injured. By waiting, you’re not extending her life, you’re prolonging her death. Pull the plug. This is practical, and these are the facts.'"
Despite giving it a thought and considering all the practical facts, the doting son, Paresh Rawal couldn’t pull the plug. However, eventually, the actor’s mother passed away due to a heart attack on June 23, 2010. Further, in the same interview with Neelesh Misra, Paresh Rawal admitted that he finds himself lucky for not pulling the plug on a doctor’s advice. He had said:
"Before I went to Sri Lanka, I was filing the form to give permission to the doctors to pull the plug, but I couldn’t read anything as my eyes were all filled up with tears. I was crying. I said to myself that I have no right to pull the plug on the woman who gave me birth."
Paresh Rawal is indeed a doting son, and every parent deserves a child like him.