Yesteryear actress Achala Sachdev who played Kajol’s grandmother in “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” and Amitabh Bachchan’s mother in “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” was died on 30 April, 2012 in Pune’s hospital following a prolonged illness.
Achala was living a lonely life. When she died, neither her son Jyotin who lives in US nor her daughter who lives in Mumbai takes care about her.
Forty years ago, Achala Sachdev moved to Pune after marrying British national Clifford Douglas Peters, making the city her home. However, despite attempts at philanthropy, Sachdev has been abandoned by the same city in hard times, after her husband passed away in 2002. For the last 12 years, the actress has lived a lonely life in her two-bedroom Konark Estates apartment near Poona Club, with only a night attendant to take care of her.
On September 8, Sachdev suffered a fracture in her femur when she went into her kitchen to get a glass of water. She was shifted to the Poona Hospital and Research Centre but discharged soon. Then, she was re-admitted after she being diagnosed with multiple emboli in her brain leading to quadriplegia – total paralysis of all four limbs and torso. Since October 21, Sachdev is under treatment at Poona Hospital. It would be a miracle if she survives this.