“It has been sad and unnerving to learn today of the dire condition of one of our most devoted and dedicated character artists of the Industry, Mr AK Hangal. I came to know of this through the kind offices of the cyber - the net and the social net. I have now initiated my office, sitting some distance, to render immediate support and help. As individuals, as fraternity, as humans, that is the least we can do," he wrote on his blog.
Amitabh said that it's sad to see veteran actors on their knees due to unavoidable circumstances. “My prayers and wishes for Hangal Saheb. May he recover soon and without the worry and concern of where the next medication is going to come from," he added.
Earlier, celebrities like Jaya Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan have offered help to the actor. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had given Rs. 50,000 and film associations like Cine Artistes Welfare Trusta and Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) have promised financial support to the actor.
Hangal, who has acted in over 125 films, is in deep financial crunch, as he has been bed-ridden due to old-age-related ailments. His monthly medical bill is over Rs.15,000. This has forced his son Vijay, 75, who worked in Bollywood as a still photographer but gave up his work due to back problem, to approach CINTAA for help.
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