Dostana director on his friend, who lost his battle to cancer

Tarun talks about his friend who lost his battle to Leukemia (Blood / Bone marrow cancer). Must read!

Tarun Mansukhani is the director of one of last year’s most popular movies Dostana. He is currently working on the sequel of Dostana and also the animated version of the 1998 blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.


Today, one of closest friends lost his brother to leukemia.. I can’t imagine what he and his family must be going through… just the thought of losing someone who we love so much… it got me thinking… about life.

I have always considered life to be a reality TV show… where in we are all participants who are thrown various challenges along the way… our education, our careers, our personal goals, our relationships… some are easy and some are hard…. but amongst all, there are only two, that i feel I will face difficulty with… 1 is love… i say difficulty cause getting it is easy… keeping it is what counts.. now, am not an easy person to live with.. or handle.. I am moody… absent for vast periods of time.. not into frivolous conversations and can’t make friends very easily… and keeping all this in mind… it is surprising, that in this challenge of life, i won… without any form of major opposition.. be it love from family… siblings… wife.. friends… co-workers.. I have their love and loyalty… and they have mine… I’m guessing am not alone.. and that most of us do have this as a part of our lives… but this thought brought me to the other challenge that life will throw at me… Death… not my own.. but of others… whom i love… who love me.. and thats when i realized that the game is much larger… more cunning.. love comes easy cause the challenge is not about getting love.. its about losing it.

Losing a loved one is by far the most difficult challenge that life will throw at you… a million memories… all the little material items in our lives and all our relationships continue to play reminder of what was… and now.. what is. and for all of you who have gone through this or are going through it.. like my friend… I’d like to say this to you – Cry – cry every tear your heart feels. Remember – every little memory you can. Wonder – why did this happen. Realize – that there is no answer. Smile – cause you were a part of him. Be Happy – cause he was a part of you. And continue to love – cause its the only way to keep him with you.

I am always with you my friend.

Tarun M

Manish Bhatia (1969 – 2009) – A son, a father, a brother, a husband… but most importantly… A friend. We will miss you…


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