Exclusive! Rahul Roy's brain stroke: Impaired speech, airlifted from Kargil, needs surgery- an eyewitness account - Times of India

2020 continues to be a series of bad news, the latest being the hospitalisation of Rahul Roy in Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital for brain stroke. ETimes now has it that the ‘Aashiqui’ actor who was a rage when his film released in 1990 has suffered from impaired speech and will have to undergo a surgery soon. The condition is called Aphasia and the surgical procedure is called Stenting. Aphasia is a condition that robs you of the ability to communicate. It can affect your ability to speak, write and understand language, both verbal and written. Aphasia typically occurs suddenly after a stroke or a head injury.

Nishant Malkhani, who starred in the TV show ‘Guddan Tumse Na Ho Payega’ is one of Rahul’s co-actors on the digital film ‘LAC- Live The Battle’ (in fact, Nishant plays the lead) wherein Rahul suffered the stroke while shooting. Nishant, when contacted, tells ETimes, “It all happened on Tuesday. He was alright when we all went to sleep on Monday night. I think the weather got to him, it’s extreme conditions out here in Kargil where we are shooting. The temperature is -15 degree centigrade. I cough blood every day, we are going up and down the mountains every now and then and the nose capillaries get torn. It would be the toughest shoot in anybody’s life. But this film is an experience- it will be a one-shot 90 minute film.”

So what exactly transpired?

Nishant says, “Rahul was a bit dull on Tuesday initially, and we suddenly observed that he was not able to deliver his dialogues. He was not forgetting them but he was groping for words to complete sentences, he just could not form sentences. Then, around evening,

he started to behave little unusually,
idhar udhar dekhne laga and we strongly sensed that something was wrong.”

Next?

“We sent him to a military hospital in Kargil. A CT scan was done on Wednesday morning to diagnose Rahul’s condition. It was not difficult to decipher the reports in detail as our director is a MBBS director, Mr Nitin Kumar Gupta. He said it is a serious matter. With military’s help he was airlifted in a helicopter to Srinagar on Thursday from where he was rushed to Nanavati’s ICU in Mumbai.”

“It is very sad. I pray he gets well soon. We had flown together from Mumbai. It was a 17-day shoot. We have two more days to go. We should be back by Tuesday,” Nishant added.

Rahul plays a Colonel in ‘LAC- Live The Battle’. The ‘Bigg Boss Season 1’ winner has a role extending to about 6 scenes. As things stand today, Nitin Kumar Gupta should have no problem while editing the film as Rahul had almost finished his entire part by the time the tragedy happened.

We at ETimes pray for Rahul Roy’s recovery and stand by his family in their hour of crisis.