Filmmaker Anurag Basu says his outlook on life changed after his battle with cancer. Anurag Basu is a well-known Indian director in the film industry, who has given several hits, including, Barfi, Ludo, Gangster: A Love Story, and many more. Basu was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2004 and the doctors even said he had about two weeks left to live. This was the time when his wife Tani was seven months pregnant with their daughter Ishana. He revealed how he took a long to understand the seriousness of the situation while his friends and family were panicking around him as no line of treatment was helping him recover.
In a conversation with a news portal, Anurag Basu opened up about how it all began with just blisters and turned serious in no time. He said, “I got some blisters in my mouth one day. It was really big, like bubbles. My doctor got very scared after seeing my condition. They took my blood and reports, and I said, ‘I can’t do it now, I have to finish shooting. When I went to shoot, Mukesh Bhatt said, ‘pack everything up’. You can never expect him to say that, it’s impossible. When I saw my parents’ faces in hospital, I got a hint that something was wrong.”
Basu’s wife wasn’t initially told about his condition, and she learned about it from news channels. It was only when he was shifted to a cancer hospital in Mumbai where he received new medicines, that he started recuperating.
The filmmaker also revealed that it was because of Sunil Dutt, that he immediately received a bed and treatment in the hospital. Anurag also went on to recall how his friends and colleagues from the TV and film industry were sending messages and asking for blood donations to save him.
“I felt fine except for some headache and weakness. I even sneaked out of my hospital room for a beer with Emraan Hashmi and others. But my condition started deteriorating rapidly as no medicine was helping. My platelets were decreasing. The day I got scared was when my mom and dad stopped facing me in the hospital. It was scary as there was blood and blood. My internal organs were bleeding buckets. People kept coming to donate blood.” states Mr. Basu.
Basu received chemotherapy for some time. The director went back to TV as he needed more money for his treatment and was shot with a mask on. He even started the shooting of ‘Gangster’ while his chemotherapy was going on.
He was at Lilavati Hospital for 30 days, after which he was shifted to Tata Hospital. “As soon as I reached Tata Hospital, I was put on a ventilator. In fact, I wasn’t able to get a bed there. It was Sunil Dutt who got me one. I feel blessed to be a part of the film industry, that I immediately got a bed and treatment. A common man would have struggled… Whoever knew me from television was doing everything they could, sending messages, and asking for blood to save me. I don’t even know who all donated blood and platelets for me, whose blood is running in my veins today!”