31/05/2017 10:37 AM IST | Updated 31/05/2017 10:37 AM IST

Abandoned By Son Who Allegedly Beat Her, 'Pakeezah' Actor Geeta Will Now Move To An Old-Age Home

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit came to her rescue.

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Actress Geeta Kapoor, now 58 years old, 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 by 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.

The hospital reportedly tried to contact Kapoor's son Raja and daughter Pooja for several days but without success.

On 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.

Having taken care of Kapoor's hospital bills, Pandit wanted to put her up in a safe and secure old age home. On Tuesday, the filmmaker posted on Twitter, thanking Mumbai Police for agreeing to give an NOC (No Objection Certificate) to shift Kapoor to an old-age home.

"An NOC is needed from the senior citizen's family before she can be admitted into an old age home. However, we've managed to circumvent that rule with the help of a senior cop. She can move into her new home as soon as she is ready. She will be much safer and happier," Pandit told DNA.

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