Fitness is foremost in Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan’s family and his father Rakesh Roshan is a proof. The actor is battling early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat and is set to undergo surgery. However, the senior Roshan is in high spirits and continues to follow his daily fitness routine.

Hrithik shared a picture with him and captioned it, “Asked my dad for a picture this morning. Knew he wouldnt miss gym on surgery day. He is probably the strongest man I know. Got diagnosed with early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat a few weeks ago, but he is in full spirits today as he proceeds to battle it. As a family we are fortunate and blessed to have a leader like him. .Love you Dad.”

Rakesh is a Bollywood actor-turned-director who has delivered multiple hits including the Krrish franchise. He is reportedly working on Krrish 4.

Actor’s fans flooded the post with ‘get well soon’ messages. Pointing out how the father-son duo are fitness freaks, people sent their best wishes to Rakesh Roshan. A fan commented on the picture, “A very strong personality! Get well soon sir”. Another fan wrote, “Keep up the spirits rr sir…we all wish u gud luck,come out of this situation like a victor….our prayers r always wid u nd ur family…. hope for d best nd don’t ever give up.”

What is squamous cell carcinoma of throat?

Health website Healthline.com describes this as a primary type of throat cancer. It goes on to say that this type of throat cancer affects the flat cells lining the throat. However, Hrithik or his family are yet to give more details about Rakesh’s health.

Hrithik is currently working on his next film Super 30 based on the life of Bihar-based mathematician Anand Kumar. However, Anand was recently accused of fraud by few students after which the makers decided to not call the film a biopic but a drama. Super 30 was also in news for the wrong reasons when director Vikas Bahl was named in the #MeToo movement. Hrithik had objected to his presence in the team but since the film was nearing completion, the director was not replaced with another talent.

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First Published: Jan 08, 2019 10:14 IST

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