Friday, September 07, 2007
Divyanka Tripathi aka Vidya of "Banoo Main Teri Dulhaan" recently turned from saviour on screen to doctor on the sets. Using her knowledge of medicines that she had gained from her pharmacist father, the actress treated her director Ismail Umar Khan who was suffering from viral fever.
Divyanka said: "My father has been into pharmacy for 30 years now. I picked up the habit of carrying a first-aid box from my father. Also, I was an NCC cadet during my college days and my father used to tell me that the kit could come in handy in case of any injury. I still follow the practice and regularly carry a first-aid kit with me to the sets."
For diagnosing her director's ailment, Divyanka used simple logic. "I noticed our director showing the same symptoms that I had when I was down with viral fever a few days ago. We called up the doctor but he was not coming anytime soon. So I decided to administer him some medicines as I have good knowledge about the subject. I gave him an energy drink called Tango, Paracetamol, an antibiotic, Diclofenac Sodium, Nimecpara and Cobadex," she rattled off.
In about an hour, Khan started feeling better and he broke into a sweat, which indicated that the fever was receding. Then the doctor turned up on the sets, and to everybody's surprise, he also vouched that the medicines Divyanka had given Khan were correct. "The very next day, the director told me that he was feeling very well. He also appreciated me for my thoughtfulness," smiled the actress.
Since this incident, Divyanka has turned into an in-house pharmacist for the cast and crew of "Banoo Main Teri Dulhaan", with people trooping in with medical suggestions for minor problems like aches and acidity. However, Divyanka never carries or suggests strong medicines as they should not be administered without being prescribed by a doctor.
While most others have successfully tried out Divyanka's medical tips, lead actor Sharad Malhotra steers clear of her treatment. "Sharad never takes medicines and I never force him to do as even I don't like taking medicines," reasoned Divyanka. While the cast and crew have much to learn about medicines from Divyanka, they should also pick up a thing or two about fighting fit without them from Sharad.