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Help pours in for ailing actor Hangal

By: By: Raymond Ronamai
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Bollywood has many big hearts. On learning that veteran actor A.K. Hangal (aged 95) is facing financial crisis, many filmmakers and celebrities have offered help to the aged and ailing actor.

Jaya Bachchan, who had worked with the actor in five films, said that she would take care of all his medical expenses. Other film personalities, who have offered help, include Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has also pledged Rs. 50,000 for the actor.

Mithun Chakraborty, founder president of the Cine Artistes Welfare Trusta, said that he would ask the association to release fund for the actor. "We got a call from Hangal saab's son Vijay a few days ago and the committee was scheduled to discuss his case on January 22. We will be sending a cheque of RS 50,000 or even more to him by Friday," The Times of India quoted Dharmesh Tiwari, the president of Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA), as saying.

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.

We at Oneindia wish the veteran actor a speedy recovery!

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