Antara Mali finally breaks her silence about her father

Noted Bollywood photographer and father of Bollywood actress Antara Mali, Jagdish Mali was found in a very pathetic condition on the streets of Mumbai. He was spotted and recognized by model and actress Mink Brar and she rescued Jagdish with the help of Salman Khan’s four men. Mink escorted him to his house. Since then Jagdish Mali’s daughter Antara Mali was tried to contact and finally she was found and hence some details about Jagdish Mali’s condition is known. Antara vehemently denied the report that her father was dethroned and he was addicted to alcohol.

She throws light on her father’s health. "His condition is such that at times, if he forgets his insulin shot, he gets disoriented. At such times opening a simple door latch can be a challenge. This may happen once in six months, the rest of the time he's fully functioning and normal. This is what happened that evening."

Antara says her father is not mentally ill and is living in a flat she bought for him in Versova in 2009 'as per his wishes'. She also wonders why 'rank strangers and rival photographers' are speaking so authoritatively about her father. She says angrily, "This may be a publicity stunt by someone trying to capitalise on his ill health and has accomplished nothing but damage a 35-year-old glorious career. My dad is not an alcoholic but has a chronic liver disorder along with heavy diabetes. He hasn't touched a drop of alcohol for 15 years. He is sober." He had been diagnosed with liver problem in 1998, but fought back.

"My parents split when I was one-year old and I haven't lived with my father since. He is a creative spirit and has always cherished his independence," she says to implication that she may have abandoned him.

Antara also claims that she was constantly in touch with her father and the entire family was by his side when he was admitted to the hospital two months ago, till he was discharged and taken home. "My dad and I are in constant touch. In fact, we lost a family member last week and he was there to grieve with us," she says.

Anatara strongly reacted against all the appeals for help and gestures of empathy following the incident. "We don't need anybody's help. I am proud of my father's legacy, he is a truly incredible artist and has a lot of goodwill in the film and fashion industry”.

Jagdish Mali worked with many noted Bollywood celebrities and it was he who gave Rekha the diva status.