Last Sunday veteran actor Kabir Bedi visited the national award-winning composer Vanraj Bhatia. In one interview given to Mumbai mirror.
Mr. Bhatia has said he is penniless. Also, he has no visitors at his residence in Mumbai.
On Monday, Kabir Bedi urged the film industry to come to Vanraj Bhatia aid in his difficult time.
He has composed some melodious music for different films and plays. He has also composed an opera on Girish grounds play Agni Matu male.
Now he is 92 living is his residence along with his servants. Girish Karnad’s play later translated into Hindi by Ram Gopal Bajaj as Agni or Barkha.
One magazine reported that Vanraj Bhatia is battling old age-related ailments, severe knee pain, hearing loss, and memory lapse.
Vanraj Bhatia told in an interview that ‘I have no money, not one rupee left in my bank account.
Vanraj Bhatia won a national award in 1988 for the best music director for Tamas.
They honored Vanraj with the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1989 and with Padma Shree in 2012 for his contribution in the field of art and music.
Vanraj Bhatia had collaborated with Shyam Benegal for nine films including Manthan, Bhumika, Junoon, Kalyug, etc.
Vanraj Bhatia has also contributed to films such as Kundan Shah Jaane Bhi do Yaaron, Aparna Sen 36 Chowringhee lane and Prakash Jha hip hip hooray.
it is a shame for the film industry that such a talented person is living in such a condition and no big name from the film fraternity comes forward for the help.
This is not the first time that some film personality is in this condition earlier, many famous actors were in the same conditions as A. K. Hangal and Achala Sachdev.
It is the reality of the film industry that no one helps the person when he needed the help most.