Mahesh Manjrekar on cancer: Somewhere in my mind I knew I'll survive
Mahesh Manjrekar On Cancer: “Somewhere In My Mind I Knew I’ll Survive” ( Photo Credit – Facebook )

Filmmaker-actor Mahesh Manjrekar did not let cancer stop him from making his directorial ‘Antim: The Final Truth’ starring Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma. He had accepted his fate and says that somewhere in the back of his mind he knew he will “survive”.

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The 63-year-old cancer crusader was diagnosed with the deadly disease during the making of the film.

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In a heart-to-heart chat with IANS, Manjrekar said: “I don’t know why I just accepted it. Somewhere I never thought it was cancer I thought it was overactive bladder because they have the same symptoms. I was under the impression (of that). I was taking medicine for an overactive bladder for more than a year. Then it was not going.”

Mahesh Manjrekar, who is known for making acclaimed films such as ‘Vaastav: The Reality’ and National Award-winning movie ‘Astitva’, said that chemotherapy sessions, which he took during the shoot, did not affect him as he was prepared “mentally”.

“When I went to the hospital for a cystoscopy so before the results were out somewhere in the back of my mind I knew I kind of had the diagnosis in me. I was prepared for it. So, it was not too much of a problem and by God’s grace when I went through the chemotherapy sessions it didn’t affect me as badly as it affects a lot of people maybe because mentally I was prepared for it and it did not come as a shock to me.”

Mahesh Manjrekar had a positive outlook and said: “I was prepared for it… I said I would get through it.”

Shooting a big film with a vast set-up and battling the disease did not take a toll on Mahesh Manjrekar.

“Because I was prepared mentally… The chemotherapy was happening every 15 days… Some how I was fine with the chemotherapy.”

Mahesh Manjrekar added: “It was after the first cycle I started losing hair and what I did was when I started losing hair I just shaved… because I was like ‘let me not go through the trauma of looking into the mirror and see’ and I did not give it much thought and I decided that I would finish the shoot and then go for surgery because it needed a lot of time for recovery.”

“Somewhere in the back of my mind I knew I will survive.”

‘Antim: The Final Truth’ will be released in theatres worldwide on November 26.

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