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Ra.One Animator Charu Khandal's condition improves
BUSINESSOFCINEMA.COM TEAM 02 May , 2012
MUMBAI: Charu Khandal, who led the animation team for Shah Rukh Khan's 'Ra.One', was battling for her life when close to a month ago, Manoj Kumar, under the influence of alcohol, was speeding his car and rammed into her rickshaw.
Having suffered multiple fractures and injuries to her spinal cord in the accident, the animator underwent many hours of surgery and was later strapped to tubes and numerous medical contraptions to keep alive. On Tuesday, a month after the terrible day of her life, the 26 year old muttered her first words.
"She's happy, she's whistling, she keeps smiling. She knows the condition she is in, but has not let that bog her down. She did ask about the other friend, but has since been very positive," quoted her sister Ritu to a daily.In her brief conversations with everyone, one of the first few things Charu requested for was - greenery.
“Those were the first words she uttered. She told the doctor that greenery would help patients feel good and recover sooner,” explained Ritu. Very pro-nature, the night that Charu was brought to the hospital her last words before passing out were - “Somebody please water my plants otherwise they will die.”
Though there has been progress, it’s extremely slow. Her entire body has been paralysed below the neck. The Doctors are hoping to shift Charu out of the ICU in a week or so, after which she is likely to be put through physiotherapy sessions.
Injured ‘RA.One’ animator Charu Khandal begins to speak and eat
BY BOLLYWOODLIFE1.23 PM IST 05.02.2012
On March 25, when Charu Khandal was brought into hospital after an accident, her last words before slipping into a coma were, “Someone please water my plants or they’ll die.” The animator, who had worked on Shahrukh Khan’s film RA.One, has had a successful surgery since and may soon be shifted out of the intensive care unit. The otherwise vivacious and cheerful 28-year-old girl began talking on Monday after a month and half. And the first thing she said was, “Doc, can I have some greenery around here.”
Charu who was the victim of a drunk driving case has now started consuming solid food. After a successful spine surgery, the animator is still paralysed neck down. According to the doctors, she is expected to be moved out of the ICU in a week or so post which she will have regular physiotherapy sessions. Her mother, sister and fiancé who’ve taken turns to be by her side through the whole episode finally breathed a sigh of relief and shared pictures of Charu smiling and whistling.
Great news...can't even begin to fathom what she's going through and in complete awe of her strength...praying for her and her family.
Drunk-driving victim out after 40 days in ICU
Posted On Wednesday, May 02, 2012 at 09:24:28 PM
Charu Khandal, who was left severely injured in a drunk-driving accident in Oshiwara, was shifted out of the Kokilaben Ambani Hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Wednesday, around 40 days after she was admitted. Twenty eight-year-old Charu, has been left paralysed below the shoulders, and was taken off the ventilator only five days ago.
Charu, who worked as an animator at Shah Rukh Khan's production company Red Chillies, only started talking on Monday after a tube that had been inserted in her throat was removed. Her family said that Charu has been very cheerful, and is happy to finally be out of the ICU. They added that she was completely aware of everything that happened the night of the accident.
"Charu is very happy right now," said Ritu, Charu's younger sister. She added that the entire process consisted of three stages of recovery. "First, her neck surgery was successful. Second, she began to breathe on her own. And third, doctors will soon begin to work on her body sensation and movement." She said that now many more relatives and friends will be able to visit Charu, which will ensure she remains positive.
Doctors operating on Charu said that she has absolutely no sensation anywhere below her shoulders, and that she will be put on a spinal rehabilitation regime soon, which will include a series of physiotherapy exercises. While they said this process could take a long time, they were sure Charu would make a full recovery. "The doctors said that Charu has been one of the most cheerful patients they have seen," said Ritu.
Charu met with the accident on March 25, when she was travelling in an auto rickshaw with her sister Ritu and her friend Vikrant Goyal in Oshiwara. They were hit by a speeding Honda City, whose driver, test later revealed, was under the influence of alcohol. While Ritu escaped without any injuries, Vikrant was also left severely injured, and is now also recuperating at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital.
A cheerful Charu makes a funny face as she poses with her sistersThe feisty animator from Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment Charu Khandal (28) returned home on Friday after 92 days of hospital stay and a fierce battle for life.
She will have to keep coming back to the Kokilaben Hospital at Andheri on a regular basis for physiotherapy sessions. The national award winning animator of Ra.One. met with a near fatal accident that left her with a neck down paralysis. With regular physiotherapy sessions, doctors at the hospital say, she may get back to her normal self in a couple of years. Doctors said recently they noticed a slight movement in her left shoulder and that has given a ray of hope. Charu's spine was seriously injured in the accident. Tha Khandals shifted to a new rented apartment in Seven bungalows in Andheri to facilitate Charu's treatment. Before the accident Charu used to live in Malad with her family. The family distributed chocolates when Charu was leaving the hospital on Friday. Charu's sister Ritu said she looked visibly happy to return home. On March 25, the auto rickshaw Charu and her sister were travelling in, was hit by a speeding car at Oshiwara. Ritu had also sustained minor injuries during the accident.
I am very pleased that the health of women is improving. I hope that all will be good at it
I'm happy to hear she's getting better. Praying for her speedy recovery! Still sad to know what she has been through after the accident though.
It may take a year or more, but Charu Khandal will walk again
Brave Red Chillies girl, nearly killed by drunk driver, returns home
Posted On Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 04:38:35 AM
Around 8 pm Friday, Charu Khandal was wheeled into a rented ground-floor apartment at Seven Bungalows, Andheri that her family had shifted into just an hour earlier.
After spending 97 days in the hospital strapped to tubes and medical contraptions, she was laughing, speaking, whistling, making faces, unable to believe she’s home.
Charu’s family members, extremely proud of their girl’s “doughty-spirit”, were unable to control their tears when the 28-year-old -- employed with Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment -- was brought out of Kokilaben Ambani Hospital at Andheri in the evening. She is paralysed neck down; complete recovery is still a long way away, but her survival itself is nothing short of a miracle considering her condition on March 25, when an autorickshaw she was travelling in with her sister Ritu and a friend, Vikrant Goyal, was hit by a speeding Honda City at Oshiwara. The car driver, identified as Manoj Netrapal alias Gautam, 39, was drunk, according to the police.
Charu, who was returning home to Lokhandwala after the team she headed won a National Award for the special effects in Ra.One, suffered severe injuries to her spine. Doctors gave her a very low chance of survival, while Netrapal was let off on a surety of Rs 10,000. He has not been re-arrested.
Now, the doctors say she will stand up on her feet, maybe after a year, two years, even five years. A little movement in her left shoulder has given the doctors a lot of hope, and Charu will undergo rigorous physiotherapy at the hospital, which is barely 10 minutes from her new accommodation. Her sister Ritu, who escaped with bruises in the March 25 accident, told Mumbai Mirror, “On Charu’s behalf, we distributed chocolates to the hospital staff and other patients. She told me that she wanted to gift them something sweet.”
The family shifted out of their home in Malad to ensure Charu doesn't spend too much time commuting to the hospital. The Seven Bungalows apartment has been turned into a mini hospital, with a lot of attention to detail. "Even the hand sanitiser gel is the same that was used in the hospital," Ritu said.
Like all patients battling for life, Charu had two choices: give up, or fight on. After battling on for more than a month, Charu muttered her first words on May 1, suggesting that the hospital set up a garden on every floor. She had also instructed that her plants at home should be regularly watered. With her family and fiancé Sagar Thackar by her side, Charu recovered enough for the doctors to remove the tracheotomy tube, which was used to facilitate her breathing.
Her love for plants prompted the family to choose the Seven Bungalows apartment, Ritu said. "Her room faces a garden. She's always loved the greenery, and was quite excited to see the garden," Ritu said, adding that her sister is in considerable pain, but cheerful nevertheless.
There hasn't been any recent communication from Shah Rukh Khan, the family said. The actor had visited Charu at the hospital a few days after the accident, and had provided the family with financial assistance. Her doctor Abhishek Srivastava, who specialises in neurological rehabilitation, said Charu was medically stable, hence allowed to go home. "Her rehabilitation will continue. The aim is to provide her maximum possible level of functional independence," he said.
The doctor said Charu's spinal cord injury was serious, but she will be trained to maximise her movements. "Till a few weeks ago, she was lying on the bed. Now, she is able to sit straight. It may take a few years, but recovery is possible," Dr Srivastava said.
Charu Khandal with her family as she leaves Kokilaben Ambani Hospital on Friday for her new rented apartment at Seven Bungalows, Andheri. Charu is paralysed neck down after the accident on March 25 in Oshiwara
Thanks for the update. I've been wondering about her.
This is great news...her strength is so inspirational...continued prayers for her and her family.
Thanks a lot Sharla and Anke.
Charu Khandal shows ‘little progress’ after discharge from hospital
Sumitra Deb Roy, TNN | Sep 2, 2012, 05.39AM IST
MUMBAI: Two months after Charu Khandal, the 28-year-old animator from Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment, returned home after battling a near-fatal accident, she has shown very little improvement. Her sister Ritu told TOI that though Charu is stable, she is yet to show much progress as far as bodily movements are concerned. "Her shoulders are the only part of the body that have sensation. Her vital parameters are fine and she can breath on her own," she said.
Both Priyanka Rai and Khandal's accidents happened within days of each other.
The National Award-winning animator of Ra.One met with the accident at Oshiwara on March 25 and was hospitalized for 92 days. The accident left her paralysed neck-down . Ritu said that Charu was taking regular physiotherapy sessions but the progress was negligible.
"She does not have any sensation in her hands or legs. She is dependent on us for everything. However, she is making little progress and that itself gives us hope everyday." Ritu added that Charu can talk and communicate her feelings. "She is fighting on and trying her best." The Khandals had shifted to a rented apartment at Seven Bungalows in Andheri from Malad to facilitate Charu's treatment.
Shah Rukh Khan denies ignoring paralysed 'Ra.One' animator
Published Saturday, Mar 30 2013, 02:29 GMT | By Zakia Uddin
Shah Rukh Khan has denied not following up on his promise to finance the healthcare of a colleague.
Ra.One animator Charu Kandal was paralysed from the neck down after a rickshaw accident last year.
© PA Images / Kin Cheung/AP
Her sister told The Times of India: "My dad, a private tutor in Rajasthan, is the sole bread-winner of the family. He had to take a loan of Rs 12 lakh for Charu's treatment.
"After Shah Rukh Khan spoke to the hospital authorities, Charu was given VIP treatment. SRK had promised to take care of the finances and his company did pay around Rs 8-10 lakh initially. But since then, we have been trying to reach him, but no-one puts us through to him."
A source from Shah Rukh Khan's production company Red Chillies Entertainment said: "SRK has been away. We moved office and there have been changes in our teams as well.
"Thank you for bringing this to our notice. We stand by our promise and will look into it right away."
In 2011, Khan revealed that he regretted Ra One had not been a better film despite its marketing.
However, it was reported last year that he is considering making a sequel to the sci-fi superhero film.
Mirchi lagi! Red Chillies lay bare ex-employee’s lie
By Nazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror | Jul 3, 2014, 02.07 AM IST
Two years after an animator with Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment was left paralysed in an accident, company officials have broken their silence over her relatives' claims that the company has not provided adequate financial support to them.
A Red Chillies official, who didn't want to be named, said that the company had paid Rs 20 lakh for 28-year-old Charu Khandal's treatment and other expenses. The official accused Charu and her family of literally blackmailing Red Chillies for funds despite the firm's constant support.
On March 25, 2012, Charu was out with her friends to celebrate the National Award won by her team for the special effects for Shah Rukh's superhero movie Ra.One.
After the party, Charu, her sister Ritu, and friend Vikrant Goel were travelling in a rickshaw when a speeding car rammed into their vehicle. The young animator suffered serious injuries to her head and spine and was left paralysed. Over two years after the accident, she can only move her neck and wrists.
Shah Rukh had visited her in the hospital on March 28 last year and promised her financial support. The Red Chillies official said that despite the company paying up to Rs 20 lakh, Charu and her family continue to malign the firm and the actor by falsely claiming lack of financial support.
"She was not returning from any work assigned to her by Red Chillies (when the accident took place). She had gone to a party, and on her way back, she met with an accident. She still availed benefits in kind and cash from Shah Rukh, but she has misused his generosity," the official said.
The official added: "Shah Rukh has always been helpful to her. Yet, every time she ran out of money, she went to press and pressured him to pay up, which she didn't need to do."
Last year, Charu's family had claimed that they were struggling to pay for her medical bills as Shah Rukh was unreachable.
Charu, the official said, was not an employee of Shah Rukh, yet the actor had ensured that her medical bills were covered. "He cannot be forced into paying all her bills just because he's a star," the official said.
But Charu's relatives said that the family was still grappling with medical bills as her condition had not drastically improved. "She has shown little improvement and we are still going places for her treatment," a relative said.
The family has moved back to native Rajasthan as they cannot afford the treatment and other expenses in Mumbai. Inputs by Rachana Dubey
In memory of Charu Khandal
Tuesday, 17th January, 2017 at 6:46am
Charu Khandal, a former team member of our studio, passed away on Tuesday morning, 17th January, 2017. Charu will always be remembered for being a happy go lucky, spirited girl and a true fighter! A few Red Chillies VFX team members who remember working with her said, “She was always passionate towards her work, and believed that she could make a difference with her contributions.”
We all pray to the lord almighty for her soul to rest in peace and hope that her story continues to inspire young aspirants wanting to make a difference!
RIP Dear Charu, you will always be remembered...
How truly tragic and devastating. I can't imagine what she, her family and friends have had to endure every day of the past five years. I don't know if they will ever feel a sense of closure, but my deepest prayers for peace and strength for her and her family...
so sad may she rest in peace and god bless her soul and give her best in the hereafter ameen
Tragic. Such a bright life ahead of her.
May she rest in peace. This is such a tragic.