Rani Mukherjee's father Ram Mukherjee hospitalised
A pale but composed Rani Mukerji was spotted at the premiere of Mangal Pandey at Inox, Nariman Point, on Thursday night.
The ever-professional Rani made an appearance on the big night with mother Krishna and brother Raja, despite her father, producer Ram Mukerji, being in ICU at Breach Candy hospital.
Has had two bypasses
When asked about the illness, Rani’s mother, Krishna said, “Yes, my husband was admitted to the ICU four days ago. He was diagnosed as having severe chest infection. He had it since the last one week; we were treating him at home when it took a turn for the worse. We decided not to take any chances.
He has already had two bypass surgeries, so we didn’t want to take a risk. We admitted him immediately to Breach Candy Hospital. He is under 24-hour observation. Rani was very upset and worried, she told the doctors, ‘Daddy ko jaldi accha karo’. He is gradually improving.”
It is learnt that Rani’s father had been suffering from a bad cold and cough for the last couple of weeks. “The terribly damp weather and the fact that he just doesn’t take any precautions aggravated the cold, resulting in an infection,” adds Krishna.
Why Breach Candy?
Why didn’t the Mukerjis go to Bandra’s Lilavati Hospital, which is closer to their Versova home?
“Because Breach Candy has Dr Udwadia, who is a chest specialist. Also, the doctor who did his (Ram’s) last two bypass surgeries, is also affiliated to Breach Candy,” says Krishna.
Son Raja Mukerji, who has been at his ailing father’s bedside throughout, adds, “The whole family is here. We went with Rani for the Rising premiere because she is quite upset and we didn’t want her to go alone. By Monday, dad’s condition should improve.”
Adds Krishna, “It’s been very traumatic; we were very worried. But we are coping because we are together. Raja and Rani have been wonderful, coming here everyday. Rani comes twice a day, in the morning and evening, after her shoots.”
Four days to discharge
How is Ram now? “He is much better. He is able to talk and feeling better. If all goes well, he could be discharged in four days,” says Krishna.