Ever since news broke of David Dhawan’s health issues, there have been conflicting reports as to exactly what ails the super-prolific filmmaker. David has finally cleared the air saying: “I’m good now. Yes, I had angioplasty and not heart surgery a few weeks ago. But it’s all good now, touch wood.
David Dhawan on his state of health, “Everything is good now, touchwood”
For a few months, David has not been well. His state of health was causing great concern in the family. Health problems are not new to David Dhawan. In December 2012, he had a close brush with mortality when he collapsed at Bunty Walia’s wedding reception. David only has filmmaker Apoorva Lakhia to thank for being alive. It was Lakhia who rushed to David’s aid when the veteran manager fell seriously ill at the reception.
Apoorva Lakhia and Kunal Kohli stepped forward to save David from a potentially fatal situation. In fact, David’s wife didn’t even know who Lakhia was. It was Lakhia who picked David up, put him in his car, and then hurried across a one-way street to let the driver speed across in the opposite direction to quickly reach Lilavati Hospital.
Speaking to this writer a few weeks after the 2012 incident, David Dhawan said: “Apoorva Lakhia was wonderful. My family and I cannot thank him enough for what he did. My eldest son Rohit was in Bali with his wife and my youngest son Varun was in Bangkok shooting a commercial with Alia Bhatt. They both wanted to return home immediately. I told them to relax. They took good care of me.”
Reliving the nightmare, David recounted: “I had gone to Bunty Walia’s party after taking the insulin injection for my diabetic condition. But I forgot to take the mandatory sweet food item thereafter. Four or five hours had passed since the insulin injection and my stomach was empty. Suddenly at the party I started shaking and started sweating. I just freaked out. My wife who was not with me arrived in ten minutes. But in the meantime they fed me some chocolate. When they put me in the car I was better. At Lilavati we know all the doctors. So the tests were done immediately. I’m all clear now, at home resting, watching a cricket match on TV.”
David admitted that it was a close shave for him. “Anything could have happened. If it wasn’t for people like Apoorva Lakhia and Kunal Kohli, who came to my rescue. I really need to take care of myself. I don’t want to keep spoiling my family’s vacation. And I’m sorry I crashed Bunty Walia’s party.
It was after the incident that Varun took charge of his father’s physical condition, controlled his diet, and made sure that David went for a walk in the morning.
That was in 2012. Let’s hope this time around David stays well and good.
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