Ded­i­ca­tion, hard work and tal­ent shine through. We’ll bring you more celebrity sto­ries each week. Karen, edi­tor

Friday - - Letters -

It was in­ter­est­ing to read The Big Story (‘Dhanush Or­di­nary Hero’, Fe­bru­ary 27) and re­alise he wasn’t well known un­til re­cently. When he first en­tered the film in­dus­try he was known as direc­tor Sel­varagha­van’s brother. His first film wasn’t a suc­cess but he be­came a house­hold name with the song Why this Kolaveri di. Then came his Na­tional Award, which gave him recog­ni­tion in the South.

Af­ter all th­ese ac­co­lades, and as the son-in-law of su­per­star Ra­jinikanth, he was very well known in the South. But af­ter the suc­cess of his first Hindi film Raan­jhanaa, he be­came fa­mous in the North as well. Now with his film, Shamitabh, with Amitabh Bachchan, he is world fa­mous. His hard work has taken him to dizzy heights, but it’s nice to know that he is such a very help­ful per­son and was re­spon­si­ble for spot­ting tal­ented ac­tors such as Si­vakarthikeyan. Great fea­ture!

What a pleas­ant sur­prise to see a fea­ture on the South In­dian ac­tor Dhanush. It’s not of­ten that ac­tors like him get a lot of ex­po­sure. An ex­tremely tal­ented per­son, he is proof that good looks are not nec­es­sary to make a mark in the world of cinema. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing more such ac­tors and their life sto­ries in Fri­day.

The fea­ture about the woman who was forced to have her leg am­pu­tated (‘Why I was happy to lose my leg’, Fe­bru­ary 27) fol­low­ing a rid­ing ac­ci­dent was ex­tremely mov­ing. I was over­whelmed by her pos­i­tiv­ity and at­ti­tude to­wards life. It made me thank­ful for all the things I have and was a re­minder to not moan about the small things in life.

I’d like to wish Belinda Gat­land all the very best. I am sure she will have a very happy life now that she no longer suf­fers from such ter­ri­ble pain and can run and play with her lit­tle boy on her pros­thetic leg.

Belinda Gat­land’s story was one of the most amaz­ing fea­tures I’ve read in a long time. I am­sur­prised that the doc­tors weren’t able to di­ag­nose her con­di­tion ac­cu­rately and of­fer the right treat­ment im­me­di­ately af­ter her ac­ci­dent. I can’t imag­ine the pain she must have en­dured for 18 years as doc­tors failed to spot that she had mul­ti­ple frac­tures and then that the blood sup­ply to her leg had been cut off and the bone had died.

The fact that she is right here in Dubai was a pleas­ant sur­prise too. I hope to meet her one of th­ese days. Thank you for pub­lish­ing such mo­ti­va­tional and in­spi­ra­tional

fea­tures in Fri­day week af­ter week.

Belinda’s brav­ery proves that we must con­front our fears

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