Today is indeed a special one. Sonali Bendre, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and spent the good part of the last year in treatment in New York, made a surprise appearance. After recently gracing the cover of Vogue India’s March edition, she had her first outing on Sunday. She marked her presence at the opulent Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta’s wedding reception. Sonali arrived with husband Goldi Behl, who has been her pillar of strength at every phase of her life.
For the Akash and Shloka's grand wedding reception, she donned a beautiful red and golden salwar suit and totally aced the post-treatment hairdo. For make-up, she opted for smoky eyes with a deep red lip shade, making it difficult for us to take our eyes off her. Goldie, on the other hand, wore a black and white bandhgala. Catching the stunning lady’s appearance after so long was truly a delight!
During her stay in New York, Sonali often treated fans with glimpses of her health and put up a brave fight against the deadly disease. In December 2018, much to the delight of family, friends and fans, the actor returned to the Bay.
Talking about her bald look, the actor recently shared in an interview that she had a meltdown in her shower the first time she decided to shave her head. “It was that very typical meltdown-in-a-shower scene. There was nothing new about it—it was exactly how you see it in books and movies, where the protagonist takes a razor and shaves it off…” she shared.
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The idea was almost preposterous. An almost bald head, barely any make-up and a huge scar was not the norm for @vogue. But, I guess that's my new normal. Of course I had my reservations, and, if I dare say, insecurities - but a candid conversation with the lovely ladies @priya_tanna and @anaitashroffadajania cleared my doubts. And before I knew it, I was standing in front of the camera, ready to uncover my new reality. The icing on the cake was the fact that I needed one-third of the time for hair and make-up😄. So I closed my eyes and jumped into it, full throttle, and this is the result. Thank you, @meghamahindru for telling my story; and thank you @ridburman for understanding my story and saying it so beautifully through your lens. If there's a piece of advice I can give you all after this, it would be to 'Find your new normal'. It's very liberating. Click on the link in the bio to read the full article! #SwitchOnTheSunshine #OneDayAtATime
For the first time, she also showed off her 12-inch surgery scar in her photoshoot for Vogue. Posting it on her Instagram page, she wrote about how having a bald head with no make-up and a huge scar may not fit the magazine’s norm but it’s her ‘new normal’.
Good to see you back, Sonali! Keep being our source of inspiration!