“You Are a Fighter”: India Rallies Behind Sanjay Dutt After He’s Diagnosed with Lung Cancer


“You Are a Fighter”: India Rallies Behind Sanjay Dutt After He’s Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

On Tuesday, actor Sanjay Dutt tweeted that he would be taking a short break from work for some medical treatment, alarming thousands of his fans and well-wishers, and sparking speculation over what had gone wrong.

Today, reports confirmed that the actor has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Dutt, who’s been the star of dozens of blockbuster films in the last three decades, first rushed to hospital on Saturday complaining of breathlessness. He was administered a coronavirus test, which came back negative, and was discharged on Monday morning.

Doctors however said they found fluid in his lungs during the tests. They refused to comment further citing doctor-patient confidentiality, the Hindustan Times reported. But Dutt was eventually diagnosed with stage three lung cancer.

The 61-year-old actor, who was last seen in the film Panipat last year, will now go to the US for further treatment, the report said, prompting shocked fans and peers to take to social media to wish the actor well.

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who is a lung cancer survivor himself, said the actor was a “fighter” who is strong enough to see this tough phase through on Twitter.

Dutt will next be seen in Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2, the trailer for which was released today. His co-star from the first film, Pooja Bhatt, shared the trailer of the sequel and wished the actor well in a tweet on Wednesday.

With news of poet Rahat Indori’s sudden death on Tuesday, and this upsetting update from the Dutt household today, 2020 just seems to be confirming once again that it has very little good news to offer.