There was something unusual about Rina Dhaka when I met her backstage after she finished her spectacular show at AIFW-AW’17 along with her star showstopper Vaani Kapoor. The actress was vivacious throughout the conversation but I sensed Rina was pushing hard to stay focussed at that moment- as if she had a different concern running parallel in her mind. I followed the designer silently for the next few minutes and concluded it was not because of work stress or due to a tiff with any fellow designer. “What’s wrong with Rina?” I dialled a couple of people with that question the next day. “She is fighting with breast cancer,” one informed me on the phone, putting put my curiosity to rest. Since then, I wanted to talk to the designer to know about the improvement in her health but couldn’t get the opportunity.
Last Sunday, I met Rina again after months post her show at the India Couture Week. I had alerted her PR manager (Lavli Thakur from Goodword Media) in advance to arrange this interview. On the 7th floor of the Taj Palace Hotel, we sat on a couch placed in the lobby minutes after Rina finished a couple of joint interviews with her showstopper actor, Huma Qureshi. This time, I met a different person. Strength, focus, determination, ambition, care, empathy… it all reflected in Rina’s eyes and words. “To be honest, I was resisting talking about it (battle against cancer). I didn’t want to give an impression that I was taking advantage of my situation to seek publicity. But during my treatment in the hospital, I met another patient who was inspired by the story of Yuvraj Singh. She told me it gave her strength to fight cancer. I think we all must share our experiences and stories with each other in order to spread inspiration,” she said, rightfully.
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