58-year-old Geeta Kapoor, who appeared in the iconic movie Pakeezah (1972), was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai's Goregaon (West) last month by her son Raja and allegedly abandoned there.
Kapoor was admitted to SRV Hospital to be treated for falling blood pressure. When her son was asked to make a deposit at the hospital, he left the premises on the pretext of finding an ATM to withdraw the money, but never returned.
In an interview with Mid-Day, Kapoor said her son used to beat her up because she didn't approve of his "philandering ways" and would give her food once every four days. She also accused him of locking her up for several days in a deliberate attempt to make her ill.
"I was not ready to go to an old-age home, that's why he planned all this. He deliberately kept me hungry and I fell ill. Then, he got me admitted and fled," she added.
The doctors treating Geeta told the Mid-Day that Raja reportedly did not answer their calls for 15 days and later when he was contacted through a different number, he promised to return, but never showed up.
Geeta's daughter, Pooja, a Pune-based flight attendant, was contacted by Mid-Day after Raja's phone was found switched off. Although Pooja received the call, she hung up immediately, saying they had got the "wrong number".
An ambulance was sent to Raja's residence to trace him, only to be informed that he had packed his belongings and left earlier that day.
After learning about Geeta's plight, filmmaker and CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) member Ashoke Pandit came to her rescue.
"After reaching the hospital I cleared the bills, and I wanted to tell the hospital guys that she will be taken care of, so there are no insecurities from the hospital's side and they would continue treating her. Paying the bills was not a big thing, really. I saw my mother in her," Pandit told The Indian Express.
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