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The famous Indian actress and Bharatanatyam dancer, Sudhaa Chandran is an inspiration to many. In a world that keeps on blaming a situation for their unsuccessful life, Sudhaa ji had risen from a major setback. Recently, Sudhaa Chandran talked about her accident that happened in 1981, in which she had lost her right leg and her then-blooming life had come to an abrupt halt. However, she proved that if you set your mind on something, nothing can stop you from getting it.
The 55-year-old actress, Sudhaa ji is the writer of her own inspiring story. Sudhaa ji, who is an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer, had lost a leg in an accident in 1981 when she was just 17-year-old. But losing a leg didn't stop her from following her dream. And within just three years of the dreadful accident, a prosthetic leg and with a lot of difficult days, she had bounced back and was on stage, doing what she loved doing. Her first show after the accident was an instant hit.
Today, we know Sudhaa ji an iconic antagonist of many Indian television serials. Recently, in an interview with The Times of India, Sudhaa ji talked about her accident and shared, "I really had no choice, for me, there were only two paths. Either I start walking or I would have destroyed my life." Sudhaa ji further shared how the accident had died down her will to live. She stated, "Destroyed in a sense I would have not lived, actually, I didn’t want to live after the accident. But it was because of my parents that I bounced back. Somehow we tend to forget the role of our parents in our life."
In the same interview, Sudhaa ji revealed how her parents became the prime reason for her to restart her life, "They allowed me to fly, they told me you should try and we are with you. If any one from my parent’s would have told me why you want to do it, I probably would have not been able to do it. I just wanted to make my parents proud. They were very disappointed with life after my accident. Suddenly, I realised that all their dreams had come crumbling down. So I only prayed to God to give me that one opportunity where I want to give that to them that will make them really proud and not a failure in my life."
For those who don't know, Sudhaa ji was awarded the Special Jury Award at the National Film Awards for her performance in the film, Mayuri, which was based on her real-life story. In the year 2016, in an interview with Humans of Bombay, Sudhaa ji had talked about her struggle with the Jaipur leg (prosthetic leg). She had shared, "I got the Jaipur leg, it took me 3 years of physiotherapy to recover and feel normal again. I remember people would come home and say things like, 'it's so sad your dreams can't come true' or 'we wish you could dance' when I decided to re-learn what I had known my entire life-- to dance."
Sudhaa ji had further shared that it was a slow and painful process but with every step, she knew that this is what she wanted. She had further added, "Finally one day, I went to my dad and told him that I was ready to perform again...and he was shocked! I was to perform in St.Xaviers college on Sunday when the Sunday morning headline read - 'Looses a Foot, Walks a Mile' and the show was completely sold out!"
Well, Sudhaa ji's story is truly an inspiring one!