Sonali returns Mumbai after undergoing treatment in NY


MUMBHAI: Bollywood actor Sonali Bendre, who has been undergoing treatment for ‘high grade’ cancer in New York since July, has shared on social media that she is returning home in Mumbai for a “happy interval” while adding that the “fight is not yet over”, an Indian publication reports. The actor wrote that it is a joy to see her friends and family again and share her journey.

Sharing a photo on social media, Sonali wrote, “They say Distance makes the heart grow fonder. It sure does. But let’s never underestimate what distance teaches you. Being away from home in the city of New York, I realized I was walking amongst so many stories. Each  trying to write their own chapter in different ways. Each struggling to do it but never giving up.

She went on to say that she is on her way back home, “And now I’m on my way back to where my heart is. It’s a feeling I can’t describe in words but I’m going to try – it’s the joy to see my family and friends again, the excitement to do what I love and mainly the gratitude for the journey I’ve had up until this moment. The fight is not yet over…but I’m happy and looking forward to this happy interval.”

Calling it her new normal, she added, “It’s time to learn that there is a new normal out there and I can’t wait to embrace it.

And as my adventure with life continues these words by Chris Martin hit home, Everything you want is a dream away. Under this pressure, under this weight We are diamonds taking shape.”

The actor has been sharing her journey on social media, with uplifting messages about her ongoing battle. She revealed her diagnosis in an emotional post. “Sometimes, when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I have recently been diagnosed with a high grade cancer that has metastised, which we frankly did not see coming. A niggling pain led to some tests, which led to this unexpected diagnosis. My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for.”

Sonali Bendre on Monday arrived in Mumbai after putting up a brave fight against metastatic cancer for months in New York. The actress is known for films like Sarfarosh, Hum Saath-Saath Hain and Duplicate was beaming with joy, flashed smiles, gave a thumbs up and joined her hands in reverence for all the love as she landed at her home ground.

She arrived in Mumbai in an all-black look and flaunted her shaved head with as much confidence and bravado as she has been showcasing to her fans via social media. She was joined by her film producer husband Goldie Behl.

Bendre’s husband said that her treatment has ended for now, but the battle still continues and she will have to go for regular check-ups. “Sonali is doing good. She is back for good. She is recovering very well. For now, treatment has ended. But the disease can come back so regular checkups will be done,” he said while talking to the reporters.