10 Indian celebrities who battled cancer and came out victorious

Every year World Cancer Day is organized and marked to raise awareness about the deadly disease of cancer. This year this day completes its 20th anniversary and is being celebrated with the theme ‘I am and I will’,  implying that cancer could be defeated. Many Indian celebrities have defeated this deadly disease and stand stronger to inspire people who were dealing with cancer. Let’s talk about Indian celebrities who came over cancer to start their life afresh.

Sonali Bendre

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The world was left shocked after actress Sonali Bendre took to Twitter to announce that she is suffering from Metastatic Cancer. Sonali moved to New York for treatment but even in those days she continued to live life to fullest and inspired many. Sonali finally defeated and came over cancer.

Manisha Koirala

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Manisha Koirala was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and she too moved New York for the treatment. After multiple chemotherapies and surgeries Manisha defeated cancer in 2015.

Rishi Kapoor

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Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer in December 2018 after which he moved to the US with wife Neetu Singh for treatment. Initially, there was no confirmation about his ailment but later it was confirmed to be bone marrow cancer. After spending almost a year away from his home Rishi Kapoor finally returned back to India in October 2019.

Irrfan Khan

India Tv - Irrfan KhanActor Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumour which kept him away from his fans and silver screen. Khan underwent treatment in London and defeated the disease. Meanwhile, Irrfan kept away from all media and limelight and focused on his health. After defeating cancer, Irrfan returned to shoot his next film Angrezi Medium in April 2019.

Anurag Basu

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Director Anurag Basu was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic Leukemia a type of blood cancer in 2004. Roads seemed closed for his recovery and doctors had given him an ultimatum of two moths, however, Anurag defeated cancer with his will and medical treatment.

 Mumtaz: Breast Cancer


The veteran beauty was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, when she was 54-years-old. 6 chemotherapies and 35 radiations later, she managed to hold and was quoted telling Bangalore times: “I don’t give up easily. Even death will have to fight me.” She followed a tight regime to get back in shape and can still turn heads with her charm.

Nargis Dutt

World Cancer Day 2019: Rakesh Roshan to Sonali Bendre, 16 Bollywood celebs and their battle with cancer
 Yesteryear’s actress Nargis Dutt ruled the Hindi cinema in 40s and 50s. She was married to legendary actor Sunil Dutt and was mom to Sanjay Dutt. After her cancer treatment in New York, she returned to India as her health was constantly deteriorating. She lost her battle with cancer a week before her son’s debut film Rocky.


Rajesh Khanna

World Cancer Day 2019: Rakesh Roshan to Sonali Bendre, 16 Bollywood celebs and their battle with cancer
This legendary Indian actor was the ‘First Superstar of Indian Cinema’ during his era. He has delivered some of the best films such as Aradhana, Amar Prem, Bawarchi, Anand and Namak Haram to name a few. He was diagnosed with cancer in the year 2011. After fighting for about a year, he passed away in 2012.

Kamaal Rashid Khan

World Cancer Day 2019: Rakesh Roshan to Sonali Bendre, 16 Bollywood celebs and their battle with cancer
 Kamaal Rashid Khan aka KRK has always taken everyone off-guard with his harsh criticism on films, garnering attention and always being in the eyes of the media. What shook everyone however, was when he shared that he was suffering from first stage stomach cancer. In a short press release posted from the Twitter account KRKBOXOFFICE, the critic had written, “Perfect and 100%  final and accurate reports got  by 3rd Hospital. I am having only 1st Stage Cancer. According to Doctors I will be 100% perfect within 6 months. It’s proof that don’t trust doctors without checking at 2-3 hospitals! Thank to all of you for Good Wishes.”

Yuvraj Singh

While playing the World Cup in 2011, in which he won the Player of the Tournament award, Yuvraj had bouts of blood vomiting, nausea and breathing issues. After the tournament, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung (stage 1) and underwent chemotherapy in the USA. In March 2012, he returned to India and was even part of the 2012 T20 World Cup after recovery.


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