Koi Mil Gaya director Rakesh Roshan was diagnosed with cancer in late 2018 & underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy in 2019. In a F2F with Spotboye, Rakesh Roshan shared with us how his life changed after he learned that he was diagnosed with cancer. He also shared his battle with the deadly disease.
“It all began with a blister which refused to go despite using several applications of prescriptions from my family doctor. It was a small one – no pain, no itching. One day, I had gone to meet a friend of mine in Hinduja Hospital. While walking out, I just saw a board of an ENT surgeon outside his cabin. I met him impromptu and he advised me biopsy. I don’t know why but I had a gut right from the beginning that I have contracted cancer. I was at Hrithik’s place when I got a call that I had tested positive in biopsy. It was Dec 15 (2018), I clearly remember.”
These were Rakesh’s words,
“As I said, these things are not new for us. So, we address these issues and go all out to rectify them. Never get into a depression. Live life. Cancer is just a big name.”
Was Rakesh Scared
“I got a bit scared when I was told that my tongue may have to undergo a cut and do some grafting. I said ‘I don’t want to do all this.’ Tongue is the worst place to have cancer. You may not be able to drink water, coffee, tea. Even taste buds change and things may not taste to you as they should. I went through those hassles for 2-3 months.
I lost 10 kg but have regained 3 kg now, I had become weak because in cancer treatment, your good cells also tend to die. Anyway now, I am much, much better. I have started gym 90 minutes every day. My personal trainer comes home, my stamina is back- but yes, it will take me another 6 months to be fully fit.” (sic)
What Kept Him Going
Rakesh shared that doctors admired his will power. And with a history of health issues in the family, he was prepared from inside to face such happenings in life.