pehchan to convey them my plight. And, a big thanks to the doctors who attended on him skilfully”.
Shiv Kumar had been hospitalised after being diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). The senior acror’s financial crunch had arisen after he produced 2 shows for TV- ‘ Kahani Tota Maina Ki’ and ‘Naadaniyaan” for El-TV and Jain TV. “Even the promos had come out but there were some middlemen who kept asking for more money. My father had invested a lot and could not cough up anymore, the shows eventually were not aired,” Rajsi had told us at the time her father was wheeled in.
Shiv Kumar’s health started deteriorating in the past few years when he increased the number of cigarettes that he was taking. “Now of course no cigarettes and no drinks either. Plus he has to reduce his weight; he is about 85 kg. And importantly, he has to do breathing exercises two-and-half-hours after he sleeps for the night; his lungs have become weak. This implies that I have to continue remaining awake so that I can wake him up.”
The Vermas received Rs 50,000 from CINTAA. “We also received about Rs 50,000 from the Film Industry Welfare Trust. And yes, senior actress Kunickaa Lal came forward to give a certain financial aid. Wish we had more like her. But besides her, there was no one. I wish that the mere lip service had translated into funds,” Rajsi concluded.