By Priyanka Dasgupta
Boney Kapoor’s first wife, Mona Kapoor, expired on Sunday. She was keeping unwell for quite some months and had been diagnosed with multiple organ cancer 10 days ago. The 48-year-old CEO of Future Studios is survived by her children Arjun and Anshula. Arjun is all set to make his Bollywood debut in “Ishaqzaade” opposite Parineeta Chopra.
What made Mona stand out was her resilience. One of her recent tweets said: “GM! Su prabhat! Namaskar! Jst a quck hello to everyone on twitr who is sooo concernd abt my health. I am nt all rt bt wth ths luv I wl heal! (sic)” Even in illness, she was happy to talk about the poster of her son’s debut.
On March 15, she wrote: “Phata poster nikle hero aur heroine! Arjun Kapoor @ParineetiChopra’s BRAND NEW Ishaqzaade Movie Poster: http://bit.ly/zBxmhb.” She battled her illness with positivity and the last time she tweeted was when she wrote: “once more any1 asks hw I am I wl block them. U all knw I am in hosp n battlng stagr 3 multiple organs cancer. Kindly pray fr me. Thts all.(sic).”
On Sunday morning, Arjun and Anshula had sent out frantic messages asking for blood donors for O+ve blood for their mother who was admitted to Hinduja Hospital. Their messages were circulated on SMS so that the blood required could be organized well in time before the doctors needed it for her surgery at 9 am on Monday morning.
Unfortunately, the brave lady expired on Sunday. Needless to say, the film industry is shocked at her untimely demise. The news of her death spread quickly.
On her social networking site, singer-cum-actor Sophie Choudry wrote: “I’m in shock. A truly wonderful lady. U will be missed @monakapoor3 . May ur soul R.I.P & may God give strength to Arjun & Anshula. #Prayers(sic).”
Tusshar Kapoor described Mona as a “warm person” who always wished him well. Enterpreneur Raj Kundra wrote about losing one of his best friends. “Mona Kapoor may her soul rest in peace. A beautiful loving, caring human! (sic).”
Karan Johar, on his part, wrote: “Mona kapoor was one of the most gracious,dignified and loving human beings i knew…she felt only positivity for one and all…RIP ma`m… (sic).”
Kamaal R Khan recalled how he would often get into tiffs on twitter with Mona. “Mona Kapoor ji was always fighting with me on twitter just till before few days n today she is no more. I m not able to believe it but true. (sic)”
Director Ken Ghosh wrote about how Kapoor always had chocolates on her table for her guests. “Will miss Mona Kapoor smile when I shoot at Future Studio next, always had eclairs on her table for guests. R.I.P Mona Kapoor,” tweeted Ghosh.
Director Shekhar Kapur raised a more vital question about what could be the plausible reason for so many young people succumbing to cancer. “Cancer is taking away 2 many young people. Is there something in r lifestyles? Or chemicals in food cosmetics plastics or pollution? Will always remember Mona Kapoor for her kindness and gentleness. Known her since she first met Boney Kapoor (sic),” he wrote.
Singer Sonu Nigam wrote: “Mona Kapoorji passed away leaving a space permanently vacant in my heart. Till we meet again. (sic)”
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