shared the story of Sudha Chandran. I am sure that Sudha Chandran is not a
stranger to the world. She is an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer, Indian film
and television actress. In spite of knowing her story, it was so painful to see
her narrate her ordeal and struggles. Hrithik’s empathetic, powerful
presentation along with Sudha’s narration was so inspiring.
spectator or else, face the situation and be a survivor. Sudha chose the second
path. Although most of you might be aware of her story, let me bring her
version to you which she shared on HRX Heroes with Hrithik Roshan show.
dance when she was hardly four. She did Arangettam (a major function to start
the dance career professionally after completion of course) at the age of nine.
She had given many dance performance till her age 17. It was then that the
tragedy struck, and she met with an accident during one of her trip along with
family to a temple. The ill-fateful day changed her life forever. Her right
foot was hurt badly. She did not get the proper treatment at the local
hospital. Later, she was transferred to another hospital, but things were
worsening further. Gangrene developed in her leg and infection was spreading
badly. There was no option than to amputate her leg.
her pain. She says that if she was a major, she would have never signed the
papers for operation / amputation. When her father broke the news to her that
he had signed the papers for amputation, she was completely shattered and did
express to her father regarding her disapproval for the same. But obviously
father had decided the same for saving her life. The scene where she is taken
for her surgery, prior to entering the operation theater, she asks an emotional
question- “Can I see my leg for the last time”. How painful that moment would
being able to dance further added to her depression. She said, it was even more
depressing to handle the ‘sympathy’ and ‘concerns’ of so-called acquaintances,
relatives. She withdrew into her shell and often questioned God’s decision.
Although, she also believed that since she met with accident during pilgrimage,
there could be some purpose of God behind the same.
who was dealing with such disability cases by manufacturing and providing
prosthetic limb. She travelled to Jaipur to meet the doctor. The very first
question she asked doctor, whether she can dance with the artificial leg. Oh,
what a passionate dancer she was, who was not bothered about whether she can
walk or not, but all she cared was whether she can dance or not.
for hours with this artificial foot. In her words, when she practiced one day,
she had to confine herself to bed for another six days. Her knee used to bleed.
But she was determined to once again dance and make her parents proud. After
almost 2.5 years of practice, she decided to perform in front of the audience.
She gave a stellar and incredible performance in a jam-packed auditorium, which
got her standing ovation and her parents were really moved.
will power. The media all over wrote about her struggles after the accident,
her bruised knee due to practice sessions etc.
filmmakers to make a film on her life ‘Mayuri’ which was later released in
different languages like Malayalam, Hindi (Nache Mayuri) etc. She started
focusing in acting as well. Rest is history. We all have seen her in so many TV
serials / films.
Laghate), Mother – Thangam (Kiran Arora), Father – KD Chandran (Amit Suryavanshi), Doctor (Amit Chakraborty),
Grandmother (Malti Mathur), Aunty (Rajsi Verma), Uncle (Rajiv Kumar)
30 minutes inclusive of advertisements. Besides, the format of the show
includes the presentation of Hrithik, narration by the Heroes themselves and the
dramatic presentation of the story. So, the actors get very little screen space
to express their characters.
her agonies, pain, frustration, helplessness and even her courage,
determination and passion very nicely. Kiran Arora and Amit Suryavanshi who
play Sudha’s parents have also done well. Rest of the cast has also justified
definitely so inspiring. She has proved that, no disability, however great,
however formidable could stop an individual from achieving what one aspires
for. Grand Salute to the brand ambassador of indomitable human spirit and for her
fantastic inspiring life journey.
the repeat telecast of this episode on Sudha Chandran on 14th
November, 2015 at 8PM in Discovery Channel on HRX Heroes with Hrithik Roshan.