Mumbai: Actress Antara, daughter of ace photographer Jagdish Mali, breaks her silence on her father’s illness. Jagdish, a renowned Bollywood photographer was apparently spotted in a semi-nude state by ‘Bigg Boss 6’ contestant Mink Brar, who eventually took Salman Khan’s help to escort him to his residence.
Reportedly, Salman Khan sent across a vehicle and his staff to help Mink escort Mali to his residence.
Mink called up Antara for help on finding her father in such a state on the street in Versova area in Mumbai. Since she couldn’t get through to her, she sought help from the star actor.
However, Antara issued a press statement to a tabloid, quashing the news that her father was an alcoholic and suffered from depression.
The press statement read, “His condition is such that at times, if he forgets his insulin shot, he gets disoriented. At such times opening a simple door latch can be a challenge. This may happen once in six months, the rest of the time he's fully functioning and normal. This is what happened that evening.”
“This may be a publicity stunt by someone trying to capitalise on his ill health and has accomplished nothing but damaged a 35-year-old glorious career. My dad is not an alcoholic but has a chronic liver disorder along with heavy diabetes. He hasn't touched a drop of alcohol for 15 years. He is sober,” said Mali in the statement.
“We don't need anybody's help. I am proud of my father's legacy, he is a truly an incredible artist and has a lot of goodwill in the film and fashion industry,” the Mali added in the statement.
Jagdish Mali had played a pivotal role in giving Rekha the ‘Diva’ status. He had also worked with other A-list Bollywood celebrities.
First Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 13:11