7 Dec 2023

Jeetendra, Sachin Pilgaonkar visit ailing Junior Mehmood grappling with cancer

Renowned actor Junior Mehmood is grappling with Stage 4 liver and lung cancer, with his health rapidly declining. Recently, Jeetendra and Sachin Pilgaonkar visited him, responding to his heartfelt wish. Having starred together in numerous projects, Jeetendra and Mehmood share a longstanding professional relationship, while Sachin is a childhood friend of the ailing actor.

Diagnosed with cancer in November, Junior Mehmood expressed a desire to meet his co-star Jeetendra and his childhood friend Sachin Pilgaonkar. Promptly, the two actors visited him on the morning of December 5, offering support. 

Sachin Pilgaonkar even extended a helping hand, but Mehmood's children declined, requesting prayers for their father. Junior Mehmood and Sachin Pilgaonkar, once a popular duo as child artists, collaborated on films like 'Bachpan,' 'Geet Gaata Chal,' and 'Brahmachari.'

Khalid Mahmood, a former journalist and filmmaker, shared Junior Mehmood's wish on social media, urging Jeetendra and Sachin Pilgaonkar to fulfill what could be his final desire. Shriya Pilgaonkar, Sachin's daughter, confirmed her father's visit in response to the plea.

Jeetendra, accompanied by comedian Johnny Lever, visited Junior Mehmood, expressing profound sadness at witnessing his deteriorating condition. Despite being by his bedside, Mehmood was unable to recognize Jeetendra due to the intensity of his pain. Jeetendra revealed his intention to visit Mehmood the following Sunday but expedited the visit upon Johnny Lever's request.

Actor had been unwell for two months

Salam Kazi, a close friend of Junior Mehmood, disclosed that the actor had been unwell for two months, initially presumed to have a minor ailment. However, medical reports revealed Stage 4 cancer in the liver and lungs, along with a tumor in the intestine and jaundice. Despite ongoing treatment, doctors conveyed that he has only 40 days left.

In a career spanning over 200 films, Junior Mehmood is best known for his roles in iconic movies like 'Kati Patang,' 'Brahmachari,' 'Mera Naam Joker,' 'Haathi Mere Saathi,' and 'Caravan.' His contribution to the Indian film industry remains significant.

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