`Provoked` director falls ill

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 27, 2005 06:54 hrs

For Jagmohan Mundhra, shooting the controversial Aishwarya Rai film Provoked in London, it was touch-and-go when the director had to be suddenly hospitalized.

According, to reports reaching back home shooting had to be cancelled for three days and producer Murli Mohan had to supervise the last part of the closing schedule .

The rumour back home was alarming. Mundhra clarifies. “No I didn’t suffer a heart attack, as was being reported back home. It was a condition called gastro —angio- dysplasia. I had internal bleeding going on for some time without my realizing it. On Wednesday I was shooting when my wife noticed how pale I was looking. She immediately called for an ambulance, and I was rushed to the hospital where the doctors apprised me of my condition.

"I realized I had lost lots of blood. I was put in the ICU where I remained for three days. Since I’ve a history of a heart condition people presumed the worst. I didn’t suffer a heart attack. But yes, I was unable to shoot for three days. And since this disruption took place right at the end of our shooting schedule we had a hard time managing. Fortunately, work with Aishwarya Rai was over. And Nandita Das who’s a personal friend, understood my predicament. We managed to complete the entire schedule without any losses,” sighs Mundhra.

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