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01-17-2013, 11:37 AM #1
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We donít need anybodyís help: Antara Mali
A day after TOI story (Man who immortalised Rekha rescued from streets) of veteran photographer Jagdish Mali being rescued from the streets in Versova in a decrepit condition, his daughter, former actress Antara Mali got in touch to give us her story of her father.
Antara, a new mother, says she was travelling and had no inkling of the situation that had unfolded. "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."
Antara says her father is not mentally ill and is living in a flat she bought for him in Versova in 2009 'as per his wishes'. She also wonders why 'rank strangers and rival photographers' are speaking so authoritatively about her father. She says angrily, "This may be a publicity stunt by someone trying to capitalise on his ill health and has accomplished nothing but damage 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." Mali Sr had been diagnosed with his liver condition in 1998, but fought back.
"My parents split when I was one-year old and I haven't lived with my father since. He is a creative spirit and has always cherished his independence," she says to insinuations that she may have abandoned him.
Antara also claims that when he was admitted to the hospital two months ago, her entire family was by his side till he was discharged and taken home. "My dad and I are in constant touch. In fact, we lost a family member last week and he was there to grieve with us," she says.
To all the appeals for help and gestures of empathy that the incident evoked, Antara is rather dismissive. "We don't need anybody's help. I am proud of my father's legacy, he is a truly incredible artist and has a lot of goodwill in the film and fashion industry."
01-17-2013, 12:24 PM #2