This Article is From Jun 03, 2013

Deepak Dobriyal relives his nightmare of nearly going blind

Deepak Dobriyal relives his nightmare of nearly going blind

A freak accident in Rajasthan ruptured Deepak Dobriyal's left eye

Highlights

  • After meeting with an accident in Rajasthan which led to the rupture of the retina, cornea and lens of his left eye, actor Deepak Dobriyal says his pierced eye and disrupted career are both back on the way to recovery.
  • Dobriyal injured himself while shooting for director Annirudh Chautala's upcoming film on April 11 and the actor thought he had lost both his vision, and his career, for good.
  • Reliving the nightmare, the actor, who has done movies such as Omkara, Tanu Weds Manu and Not A Love Story, is amazed that he actually survived the accident.
  • "It was a freak accident, of the kind that we never imagine would happen to us. I was wearing these riding glasses and my co-star's hand accidentally hit my eye. The chashma (the glasses) pierced my eye. At that time I didn't know how bad the damage was. But looking at the expression and hearing the sobs of my director and co-star I thought, 'Main to gaya, boss' (I'm gone)," he said.
  • The actor was then immediately rushed to a hospital in Jaipur where he was told he would probably never see from one eye. Despite he pain and bleeding, Dobriyal says he was only thinking about his wife Lara and his two-year old son Golu at that time.
  • "I wasn't thinking about myself. But I was thinking of how my wife would react when she'll see me like this. I was also worried about how this accident would impact my career."
  • Luckily for him, Dobriyal's injury is now healing.
  • "My reflexes are well-known among my friends. In any sport, be it badminton, cricket or tennis, I am fully alert. How this accident happened is beyond explanation. After hearing that my lens, retina and cornea were shattered, I thought I'd never see again with my left eye. But thanks to doctor Abhishek Kothari, who performed the emergency surgery in Jaipur. Today, two months later, I am able to see light, colours and shapes with the damaged eye. By god's grace, I'd be able to get my full vision back."
  • He is now under medical care in Mumbai and ready to resume work.
  • "It could've been much worse. People who are close to me were more panicky than I was. I had to constantly reassure them that I was doing fine. Friends were afraid to drop in. Imagine, I had to keep everyone's spirits high while I was recovering from the injury, ha ha."
  • The actor says, he is "just happy to be alive. God is great."
Mumbai: After meeting with an accident in Rajasthan which led to the rupture of the retina, cornea and lens of his left eye, actor Deepak Dobriyal says his pierced eye and disrupted career are both back on the way to recovery.

Dobriyal injured himself while shooting for director Annirudh Chautala's upcoming film on April 11 and the actor thought he had lost both his vision, and his career, for good.

Reliving the nightmare, the actor, who has done movies such as Omkara, Tanu Weds Manu and Not A Love Story, is amazed that he actually survived the accident.

"It was a freak accident, of the kind that we never imagine would happen to us. I was wearing these riding glasses and my co-star's hand accidentally hit my eye. The chashma (the glasses) pierced my eye. At that time I didn't know how bad the damage was. But looking at the expression and hearing the sobs of my director and co-star I thought, Main to gaya, boss (I'm gone)," he said.

The actor was then immediately rushed to a hospital in Jaipur where he was told he would probably never see from one eye. Despite he pain and bleeding, Dobriyal says he was only thinking about his wife Lara and his two-year old son Golu at that time.

"I wasn't thinking about myself. But I was thinking of how my wife would react when she'll see me like this. I was also worried about how this accident would impact my career."

Luckily for him, Dobriyal's injury is now healing.

"My reflexes are well-known among my friends. In any sport, be it badminton, cricket or tennis, I am fully alert. How this accident happened is beyond explanation. After hearing that my lens, retina and cornea were shattered, I thought I'd never see again with my left eye. But thanks to doctor Abhishek Kothari, who performed the emergency surgery in Jaipur. Today, two months later, I am able to see light, colours and shapes with the damaged eye. By god's grace, I'd be able to get my full vision back."

He is now under medical care in Mumbai and ready to resume work.

"It could've been much worse. People who are close to me were more panicky than I was. I had to constantly reassure them that I was doing fine. Friends were afraid to drop in. Imagine, I had to keep everyone's spirits high while I was recovering from the injury, ha ha."

The actor says, he is "just happy to be alive. God is great."