Sonali Bendre Diagnosed With High Grade Cancer, Says She ‘Didn’t See It Coming’

By Khushi Kabra

July 04, 2018

This is so heartbreaking. In a shocking turn of events, Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre, 43, has revealed that she has been diagnosed with “high-grade cancer”. The actress, who is one of the three judges along with Vivek Oberoi & Omung Kumar on India’s Best Dramebaaz Season 3, took to her Instagram and Twitter handles and shared the tragic news with her fans. However, despite the alarming diagnosis, the actress is ensuring to remain hopeful and also thanked her family and friends for being her support system in the tough times. Sonali added that she is undergoing treatment in New York.


Here’s what Sonali wrote:

Sometimes, when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I have recently been diagnosed with a high grade cancer that has metastised, which we frankly did not see coming. A niggling pain led to some tests, which led to this unexpected diagnosis. My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for. I am very blessed and thankful for each of them. There is no better way to tackle this, than to take swift and immediate action. And so, as advised by my doctors, I am currently undergoing a course of treatment in New York. We remain optimistic and I am determined to fight every step of the way. What has helped has been the immense outpouring of love and support I’ve received over the past few days, for which I am very grateful. I’m taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me.


Sonali’s statement left her Bollywood colleagues shocked. Fans and fraternity wished her the best. Here is what Karan Johar & Riteish Deshmukh said:



Manish Malhotra also commented on her Instagram post and wrote, “Wishes and strength and love with you Sonali.” 

Her Hum Saath Saath Hain co-actor Neelam Soni commented, “You are the strongest girl I know. My superwoman.”

Sonali Bendre is married to producer Goldie Behl. They also have a 13-year-old son Ranveer.

Sonali made her Bollywood debut in 1994 with K Ravi Shankar’s Aag. She is best known for her movies Sarfarosh, Diljale, Hum Saath Saath Hain and Major Saab. Sonali was last seen in a cameo role in Akshay Kumar’s Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara. She recently stepped down from hosting a reality TV show India’s best Dramebaaaz. Actress Huma Qureshi has stepped into her shoes. 

We hope & pray you to get well soon Sonali. More strength to you and your family. We love you!