Filmmaker-actor Mahesh Manjrekar didn’t let most cancers cease him from making his directorial ‘Antim: The Final Truth’ starring Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma. He had accepted his destiny and says that someplace at the back of his thoughts he knew he’ll “survive”.
The 63-year-old most cancers crusader was recognized with the lethal illness in the course of the making of the film.
In a heart-to-heart chat with IANS, Manjrekar stated: “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 understood for making acclaimed movies reminiscent of ‘Vaastav: The Reality’ and National Award-winning film ‘Astitva’, stated that chemotherapy periods, which he took in the course of the shoot, didn’t have an effect on him as he was ready “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 constructive outlook and stated: “I was prepared for it… I said I would get through it.”
Shooting a giant movie with an unlimited set-up and battling the illness didn’t 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’ might be launched in theatres worldwide on November 26.