10 famous Indians who won the battle against cancer

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10 famous Indians who won the battle against cancer

Carcinoma (Cancer) is a battle in which the Indian film industry's heavyweights have had to contend with their own emotions and the added expectations that come with becoming a member of the entertainment business. These super-heroes motivate us to maintain our composure on the battleground of life and emerge victoriously.

The following is a list of ten Indian actors who broke through cancer and came out victorious!

Sanjay Dutt

In the early months of 2020, Sanjay Dutt was diagnosed with third stage lung cancer and has since undergone therapy. And on October 21st of that year, 61-year-old Munna Bhai announced that he had overcome terminal sickness on social media. And once he returned to India following his treatment, his followers showed him affection and happy sentiments.

Rakesh Roshan

Rakesh Roshan, the actor and filmmaker of yesteryear, was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a type of throat cancer. However, fortunately, the same was found early on.

Sonali Bendre

Sonali Bendre, a well-known actress from the Bombay film industry, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. The Sarfarosh happy-go-lucky girl expressed her sentiments in an impassioned letter on Twitter. She eventually received treatment in New York and returned to her homeland as one of the most resilient cancer patients.

Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala, of Dil Se and Khamoshi fame, is a cancer survivor in the Bollywood business. This Nepalese beauty lost consciousness during a film shoot in 2012 and was subsequently sent to a metropolitan hospital for further treatment. Following a series of studies, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Manisha underwent surgery later that month and triumphed over the sickness. Her rehabilitation in New York took about two years, and she shared some of her chemotherapy treatments on social media during that period. Following that, the starlet of the 1990s decided to return to the big screen triumphantly.

Anurag Basu

Another incredible cancer-related story from Bollywood comes courtesy of writer-director Anurag Basu. The ace director of Bollywood films was diagnosed with blood cancer near the terminal stage, with oncologists giving him less than two months to live! He was initially diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukaemia – a type of blood cancer — while filming the Emraan Hashmi film Tumsa Nahin Dekha. Basu was treated aggressively and was certified cancer-free in 2005. The man who created Barfi never lost hope and fought his way to the top of the survival race.

Lisa Ray

Lisa Ray is a Canadian-born model who rose to prominence in the early 1990s when she appeared in advertisements wearing a high-cut bikini and Garden Vareli sarees. While establishing her presence in the Bollywood film industry, Lisa was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2009. (a malignancy of the plasma cells). And Lisa now proudly discusses her cancer journey on a variety of social media platforms.

Kamaal Rashid Khan

Known by the pseudonym KRK, Kamaal Rashid Khan has constantly surprised him with his harsh film criticism. And this has earned him global recognition and maintained him in the public eye to this day. On the other hand, many were taken aback when this straight ‘social media shooter’ KRK was diagnosed with third stage stomach cancer. He is currently undergoing medical attention.


Gautami Tadimalla, who is better recognized in Kollywood than in Bollywood, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following her recovery, the South Indian film industry's leading lady, who had fought the sickness with tenacity, returned to the screen.


Few people are aware that Mumtaz, a former Bollywood star, is also a breast cancer survivor. This legendary diva of the 60s-70s era was diagnosed with a cancerous growth in her mammary and underwent many procedures to remove it. Regardless of her breast cancer diagnosis in early 2000, she chose to fight it and endure numerous chemotherapy treatments until she was certified cancer-free at 54.

Yuvraj Singh

The majority of us are unaware that Yuvraj Singh, the Indian team's star cricketer, has previously appeared as a supporting actor in a few Punjabi films. A malignant tumour in Yuvraj Singh's left lung was purportedly detected following India's 2011 World Cup victory, to the dismay of every other cricket fan. After intensive treatment, the all-rounder safely returned to India in April 2012, where he was later reinstated to the national cricket squad. As a result, Yuvraj developed into a stronger person, and he documented his journey in the novel 'The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back' - a must-read book!

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