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Our concern is to ensure Geeta Kapoor gets her dignity back: Ashok Pandit


CBFC member says industry veterans are helping the Pakeezah (1972) actress who is getting better.

Mayur Lookhar

Offspring abandoning ageing parents is a sad reality today. The film industry was shocked when The Times of India newspaper reported that yesteryear actress Geeta Kapoor was lying in a Goregaon hospital after being abandoned by her choreographer son.

Kapoor had played a small role in Kamal Amrohi’s classic Pakeezah (1972).

The 58-year-old was admitted to SRV Hospital in Goregaon (West), Mumbai, on 21 April after her son called for an ambulance as her blood pressure was fluctuating. After a few days, he allegedly told the hospital he was in the army and needed to go but promised to pay her bills. He has not been seen since.

There are murmurs of a financial dispute in the family with questions being raised over the condition of the son, Raja. A source, requesting anonymity, said, "The son is missing, but we are hopeful of finding him soon. There are various stories floating around him. He is said to be a choreographer, but he is not registered with official cine associations. He is said to be in debt and is believed to have eloped with a woman."

Filmmaker Ashok Pandit, a member of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), was among those who came forward to help Geeta Kapoor. Speaking to CInestaan.com, Pandit said, "I have been visiting Geetaji daily. She is better now. I wouldn’t comment on the family issues. Our main concern is to ensure she gets her dignity back. The best thing about our industry is that we always come to the aid of our people. Ramesh Taurani was among the first to offer to help Geetaji."

Meanwhile, the late Kamal Amrohi’s son Tajdar acknowledged that Kapoor was part of his father’s film. "I remember seeing her on the set," Tajdar Amrohi told The Times of India. "She had a tiny role, but she was part of the film. Her mother accompanied her the few times she had come to meet my father."

Tajdar Amrohi also recalled meeting Geeta Kapoor at a few after-parties. "But we have been out of touch for more than 40 years," he said. "Nobody deserves this treatment from their children," he added.

Kapoor is said to have two children. A resident of Juhu for more than two decades, she said she had to sell her property to help pay for her son's treatment. This, however, could not be independently verified. The family had moved to a Goregaon flat only three months before she was allegedly abandoned.

Interestingly, her son vacated the flat within hours of sending her to the hospital, according to the newspaper.