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Illness grips Bollywood: Now Dino

By: Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
It was touch-and-go for Dino Morea on Saturday night at the Filmfare awards. When friends heard he had to be rushed out after complaining of feeling ill, they suspected another Saif in Bollywood.

Dino was supposed to go on stage to do a promotional skit with his co-stars Sammir Dattani and Anjori Alagh. Sammir, in fact had to rush back from Bangalore for the flash event. "I was promoting my new Kannada film Sajini in places like Chikmagalur when I was asked to return to Mumbai to be on stage with Dino for our film Life Mein Kabhi Kabhi. When I reached Mumbai I got to know our event was cancelled because Dino fell ill."

So what happened? Dino elaborates on the night after the Filmfare awards. "I was shooting the whole day in artificial rain with a fever. Since I had committed myself to doing the promotional clip for Life Mein Kabhi Kabhi and since I didn't want to miss the Filmfare awards, I braved it with my director Vikram Bhatt to the function. But soon my head started throbbing and I felt I'd pass out. That's when I decided to leave."

Feeling weak and depleted Dino adds, "We all need to slow down, and stop pushing ourselves unnecessarily. I'm not even a smoker like Saif. But smoking isn't the only hazard we've to face. Look at the work conditions in studios and on location. One could die of anything from contaminated water to mob frenzy. Indian actors don't need insurance; they need God's miracle to survive."

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