By Chaitanya Padukone
Daily prime-time soap Kumkum Bhagya (on Zee TV) has been garnering soaring viewership with its intriguing plot-twists and relatable characters like Abhi (Shabbir Ahluwalia), Pragya (Sriti Jha), Rhea (Pooja Banerjee), Ranbir (Krishna Kaul) and Prachi (Mugdha Chapekar). While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all TV actors have been trying to remain fit and spread positive messages on social media. In fact, Pooja Banerjee has been regularly motivating her fans and amplifying messages of people in need. The ex-MTV Roadies-8 contestant Pooja is not only a National-level swimmer but a pretty-tough tomboyish biker at heart and loves to ride motor-cycles. She is happily married to Olympian swimmer Sandeep Sejwal.
Not many are aware, a few years ago, Pooja Banerjee met with a severe accident that required her to undergo a surgery for facing multiple fractures in her arm. Recalling the experience Pooja revealed, “I had met with an accident on the sets of a reality TV show and suffered from multiple fractures in my arms due to the incident. In fact, I had to undergo a surgery for the same and they put two rods and multiple screws into my hand. I was in so much pain that I thought I’ll never be able to get back to normalcy and use my hands properly. Even when I began shooting for Kumkum Bhagya last year, I had restricted movement in my hands.”
“While I was on the path of recovery and had developed strength by then, it was still extremely difficult for me to pick up and hold things during the shoot for a longer duration. But through constant hard work, determination, and recuperation, I have regained almost 85 per cent of movement in my right hand and 100 per cent movement in my left hand. I can say that I have nearly recovered now, but there are still a few more steps to take. Sharing her sheer joy of being able to resume practice of Yoga, the exuberant Pooja enthused, “After 18 months I have started working out and it feels so good to be able to do yoga once again; it gives me so much peace and energy. Initially I was just focussing on basic physiotherapy hand exercises. I just want to be the best version of myself. I will surely push myself as much as I can,” she signs off.
(The writer Chaitanya Padukone is an eminent senior film-music journalist & author of memoirs book R D BurMania)