New Delhi: Television actor Lokendra Singh Rajawat, who has worked in daily soaps like ‘Jodha Akbar’ and ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’ had to get one of his legs – below the knee – amputated due to high blood sugar levels and financial problems. The actor has reportedly been under immense stress since the coronavirus pandemic affected his work, with no significant job offers in hand.
“I could do nothing. I was working so well before the COVID pandemic, work started decreasing a lot and there was a certain amount of financial stress at home,” shared the actor with a leading media house.
The 50-year-old underwent surgery at Mumbai’s Bhaktivedanta Hospital for his leg amputation. Talking about it, the actor said, “It all began when I developed a corn in my right foot and I neglected it. It became an infection that percolated into the bone marrow and in no time, had spread in my body. I developed gangrene. The only way to save myself was to get the corned leg amputated till the knee”.
Lokendra regrets not taking proper care of his health, which led to this tragedy, “I wish I had taken care when my diabetes began about 10 years ago. We actors often have no fixed timings when shooting and our erratic hours of lunch and work have an adverse effect on our health. Add this to the stress. All this leads to diabetes and not if you are fond of sweets.”
He, however, received financial help from Cine And TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) for the surgery. The actor is planning to get an artificial leg after his wound heals.
Apart from being part of several television shows, Lokendra Singh Rajawat, has also worked in movies like Ranbir Kapoor’s ‘Jagga Jasoos’ and Meezaan Jaferi’s ‘Malaal’.