Dimple Kapadia: the Bollywood actress who has overcome leprosy

Did you know Bollywood’s living legend, Dimple Kapadia was diagnosed with leprosy few months before the shoot of the 1973 musical romance film, Bobby?

Dimple Kapadia says, “This is off-the-record. I had been selected by Raj Kapoor for Bobby after months of yes and no. A few months before the shoot was to start, I was diagnosed with leprosy. Miraculously, I healed or else there would have been no Bobby, which served as a comprehensive textbook on acting.”

Bobby is a 1973 Bollywood musical romance film, directed by Raj Kapoor and written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. It was the first leading role for Raj Kapoor’s son, Rishi Kapoor, and the film debut for Dimple Kapadia. The film became a blockbuster, the top-grossing Indian hit of 1973, the second-top-grossing hit of the 1970s at the Indian box office, and one of the top 20 highest-grossing Indian films of all time.

There are thousands of people affected by leprosy around us who have overcome the leprosy stigma (like Dimple Kapadia) to earn their place in the sun. And they are not ashamed about it.

Leprosy is completely curable within 6 to 12 months with multidrug therapy. People cured of leprosy can live as any other human being. Let’s not stigmatise people because of leprosy. Let’s not discriminate against them.

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