Mahesh Manjrekar shares his story of fighting against cancer while shooting for “Antim: The final truth.”

Mahesh Manjrekar

Mahesh Manjrekar

Mumbai: actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar announced on Monday that he is cancer-free. The actor even said that during the shoot, I was under chemotherapy but it didn't affect me that much. The 63-year-old actor and filmmaker had gone for surgery regarding the urinary bladder, as per the reports and the sources. He was diagnosed with the disease at the time while he was shooting for his upcoming directorial “Antim: The Final Truth”.

The film stars Salman Khan and Ayush Sharma. The filmmaker went on to say in a statement that while he was shooting for the film, he was diagnosed with the disease. He even went on to say that he has shot the final portions of the film, while he was undergoing Chemotherapy. He even said that “Today, I am free of cancer”, during an interview for his upcoming directorial film. 

The story of Antim is entirely based upon the “gripping tale of two powerful men”, who have polar opposite ideologies. The main character of the story is a cop and gangster. In the lead roles, we will see Salman Khan and Ayush Sharma respectively. The trailer of the film is of 3 minutes and with the opening, we can see Salman Khan playing the role of a cop, and Ayush Sharma is seen playing the role of a deadly gangster. The director himself stars in the film and has acted in several scenes. The 63-year-old was forced by Salman Khan to act in the film.

The duo had previously starred in many films like “Wanted (2009), “Dabangg (2010), Dabangg (2013). When asked if he had faced any difficulty during the shooting of the film, and while undergoing chemotherapy. He said that it was fortunate that it didn’t affect him a lot. He further went on to say that, “I had to take chemotherapy first before going in for a huge surgery.

During the shoot, I was under chemotherapy but it didn't affect me that much. I have realized that work, passion drives you. I always think positively. When I was told I have cancer, it didn't shock me. I accepted it. There are so many people who get cancer, (but) they fight and survive. So, it didn't bother me too much. All of them (the team) were caring and helping, there was no problem. I was quite comfortable. Both of them (Salman, Aayush) were very supportive."

He further added that “I prefer not to act in films I direct, because you can't see yourself act, you can't say ok (to your own shot), you don't know what you have done... It was a nice, beautiful cameo, so I did it... I have known Salman for so many years. He is like a brother to me, we have done so many films together," he said.

The film Antim: The final truth”, is produced by Salman Khan and is presented by SKF Films. The film got a global theatrical release on the 26th of November.    

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