Aadesh Shrivastava: Cancer Showed Me My Real Friends

Aadesh Shrivastava: Cancer Showed Me My Real Friends

Aadesh Shrivastava, one of Bollywood’s popular music directors, who had been ailing with cancer, is now hale and hearty. But apart from the trauma of being diagnosed with cancer and the fear of death; there was something even worse that hit Aadesh and his family hard. It was the isolation and ditching from almost the entire entertainment industry that left Aadesh and wife Vijayata Pandit upset, sad but yes, wiser, for life.

Speaking to a city tabloid after being diagnosed, Aadesh said, “Falling ill so suddenly was traumatic. But the cold-shoulder treatment I got from the people with whom I’ve closely worked with for years, has caused me even more damage than the disease itself. Nobody came to visit me after I fell sick.”

Aadesh sold his hard-earned Hummer car to pay the hospital bills. He says, “I sold it at a throwaway price. I wanted my family to be with me. I’m a very emotional person. If a friend needs me, I will run at 2 am to help. Where were all my friends during the worst time of my life?”

Aadesh says, “A very few people from the industry came to see him like singer Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Shekhar Suman, lyricist Prasoon Joshi and director J.P. Dutta.” He says that fellow music composer Anu Malik came along with the Bachchans, actress Shilpa Shetty and Preity Zinta showed genuine concern and even Baba Ramdev, the Yoga Guru, helped him overcome the terrible side effects of chemotherapy.

Reliving the nightmare, Aadesh describes, “It was at the GIMA awards that I felt unusually fatigued. I couldn’t see through my right eye. The next day I was told to go for a blood test. That’s when my cancer was discovered.”

Aadesh has kind words to say about Akon, “I haven’t really asked for help from anyone. The proudest moment for me was when Akon invited my elder son Avitesh to accompany him for his concert in Bangalore. Every week he messages me ‘Brother I’m there for you. When doctors allow, you’ve to come straight to Atlanta to stay and make music with me’.”

Vijayata also recalls the terrible phase, “It’s not been an easy time for us. I was there for him. But where were all our friends? In one day our life was turned upside-down. We got to know who our real friends are.” The music director is now determined to put the past behind him and work with renewed vigor. Aadesh says, “I went through unbearable pain, but the worst is over. I want to get back to work with a vengeance.”

13 Responses to “Aadesh Shrivastava: Cancer Showed Me My Real Friends”

  1. Tushar says:

    Respected Aadesh sir,
    I felt very bad after reading your story. I pray to God that you once agsin scheive all the success in your life. Be healthy and strong all the time. Hats off to your family and friends for supporting you.

  2. Himani says:

    Dear Mr. Aadesh,
    Really heart wrenching to hear about your brother.God bless his soul.I am a regualr viewer and have always liked the music composed by you.Kudos to you from fighting back from this.I am sure you will achieve all again…it’s just a matter of time.We ,your viewers are with you and the best part is your family is with you.Never feel lonely.God Bless you !!!

  3. VAISHALI says:

    Dear Aadeshji,

    I have been always your fen, and liked very much your songs, your style and everything. I have not missed any single show in which you were judge or Participent on Zee TV, Sony TV, Star Plus. I am very sad hearing about your Cancer. I am very much aware about this killing disease, as my mother has been suffering from the same and she passed away in 2007. But i am sure you will definately come out from cancer. Just by having faith in God and starting Yoga & Pranayam and continue the same .I will pray for you to my God.

  4. Sanjay Kachhwaha says:

    Dear Aadeshji,

    I am very sad about hearing of your Cancer.

    If you take “Neem” daily in your life ( 2 or 3 leaves everyday in morning ) and pray to GOD for cureness. So my belive that you
    may cure day by day. M:- 9303599173 Indore

  5. vivek.v says:

    Dear aadeshji
    i love you sir.Your music is always fresh.I have a solid collection of your albums.Dont think about you illness sir.Live in the present moment.Sir,please try to create melodious music like Jadoo hai yeh naya naya from the album Humko ishq ne maara.Always be romantic sir.I will always pray for you.God will be always with you.

  6. Dear Aadesh Ji,
    I am your great fen. But i have no internet. When I hear about your cancer I’m totally shocked. I know you will be all right soon. God bless you. I love you.

  7. Trisha says:

    Sorry to hear about your pain. Wish you and your family the very BEST!!!!

  8. monica mishra bajpai says:

    Hi Aadesh bhaiya,

    you might be wondering y i am calling u bhaiya ,well ur cousin in jabalpur banty bhaiya is my brothers best friend ,u met my brother long back in jabalpur when u use to sing in orcastra there .

    My mom told me recently about ur cancer i was shocked ,i am in US right now ,i really love ur music & u a lot ..

    i will pray to god to give u strength to fight it out & remember u can win this battle ,u just need to fight it out ,my wishes r with u ….
    plz reply if possible i will be v greatful to u ……god bless ur family too….

  9. JATIN says:

    aadesh bhai aap jaldi se aache ho jayo humari bhagwan se yehi prathana hain


  10. sanju bijoys brother says:

    aadesh bhai was really shock to hear about u but i m sure u vil come out of this, as we all know u are fighter and a very humble human being.always your well wisher

  11. kashif salman says:

    hai aadesh sir,

    yeh bade hi dukh ki baat hai ki tum nai itne sare logo ko kaam diya lekin jub tum ko moral support ki zarurat thi toh bohot hi kam logo ne tumhe support kiya toh please aap zara sambhal jayea mai duwa kartha hu ki aap jaldi thik ho gayenge mora saiya jaise composition aur awaz phir

    thanks you sir

  12. kishan says:

    dear aadesh uncle,

    bahut bura laga aapke cancer ki baat sunkar. Shayad aap mujhe nahi jante lekin me aapko jant hun aap mere relation me mama ho. or aapke gaane bhi mujhe bahut acchhe lagte hai.

  13. Suresh Bhat says:

    Dear Aadesh,
    I met you long back in Juhu at a tile counter opp Pawan Hans. I was stricken with cancer in 2011. I too am a singer and wish to meet you. I am leaving my number. Request you to call me. 9967884611/8097884611.

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