Actress Sonali Bendre diagnosed with high grade cancer, releases statement

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Bollywood actor Sonali Bendre Behl has been diagnosed with high grade cancer, the actor said on Instagram and Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. She added that she is undergoing treatment in New York and has her family and friends to support her.

In a long statement Sonali wrote on Twitter, “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. I am very blessed and thankful for each of them.”

“There is no better way to tackle this, than to take swift and immediate action. And so, as advised by my doctors, I am currently undergoing a course of treatment in New York. We remain optimistic and I am determined to fight every step of the way. What has helped has been the immense outpouring of love and support I’ve received over the past few days, for which I am very grateful. I’m taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me,” she added.

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Sonali made her Bollywood debut in 1994 with Govinda’s Aag and was one of the most loved faces who ruled 90s and early 2000s Bollywood with her delicate charm. She was last seen on the silver screen in 2013 Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. Ever since, she has been working for the small screen – a fiction show and a reality show.

She was recently replaced by Huma Qureshi on her show India’s Best Draamebaaz.