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Friends, family rally around ailing Manisha


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One of the most

keenly followed

stars in her hey days, Manisha Koirala’s bond with the film fraternity may have grown tenuous in recent times, but the news of her sudden illness saw her old friends and family rally around the feisty star.

Manisha, who is recovering from a failed marriage, was admitted to Jaslok Hospital on Wednesday after she fell unconscious. Even as concerned friends and well-wishers kept waiting for an update on her condition, the spokesperson refused to divulge much on the exact nature of her ailment. However, according to sources at the hospital, Koirala is being treated by onco-surgeon Dr Suresh Advani.

“Manisha is responding well to the treatment and she has been referred for a few tests today. Unless we review the results, the exact nature of her illness cannot be known. And commenting about it till then will be mere speculation,” said Krishnakant Dasyam, head of marketing and spokesperson for Jaslok hospital. Dasyam said that Manisha has requested the details of her ailment to be kept confidential. “So, even if the test results arrive, we will have to seek her permission before we can communicate the nature of her ailment to the public,” Dasyam added.

The secrecy around her ailment fuelled intense speculation about what is exactly wrong with the 42-year-old actress, who was once the favourite of A-list filmmakers and was one of the first heroines to work with all the three Khans.

Always seen as the quintessential inde-pendent woman, her health scare brought her family to her side. “Her brother was at the hospital all day. One of her family members will stay with her all night. She is weak but she is okay. She had four visitors today in her suite, all of them were her immediate family members,” said a hospital source.

Manisha’s friends are optimistic. “Woh manage kar legi biru,” said one of her oldest pals, Jackie Shroff. “She is not a quitter. She has battled so much more in her life that a mere illness won’t be able to defeat her.” Ram Gopal Varma, one of Manisha’s closest colleagues, spoke to TOI twice, just to enquire about her. “I have not been able to communicate with her… I’ve been getting these text messages about her health that got me very worried,” said RGV.

Manisha’s neighbour and family friend actor Gulshan Grover said he was with her family in spirit. “She is a strong girl and I hope she will be able to win this battle just as she had won the others,” he said. (Agencies)


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