Charu Khandal, the young national award winner for her work in Shah Rukh Khan’s film “Ra.One”, has passed away aged 32.
Charu had been paralysed from the neck down after an accident in Mumbai in March 2012. The 28-year-old was returning from a party celebrating her team’s National Award win for their work on “Ra.One”.
On March 25, 2012, Charu was returning home in an auto-rickshaw with her sister and a friend Vikrant Goel. Their auto was hit by a speeding car that left those inside seriously injured. Doctors at the Kokilaben Ambani hospital, where Khandal was admitted, said Charu has suffered multiple fractures in her head, ribs and spine – including her cervical bone, neck and legs. Even if she survives, she wouldn’t be able to lead a normal life, they added.
Reports say she could barely move any of her body parts except her neck and wrists till date.
On Tuesday, the Red Chillies VFX team put up a Facebook post in Charu’s memory:
“Charu Khandal, a former team member of our studio, passed away on Tuesday morning, 17 January 2017,” the statement read. “Charu will always be remembered for being a happy go lucky, spirited girl and a true fighter.”
A few Red Chillies VFX team members who remembered working with her said, “Charu was always passionate towards her work, and believed that she could make a difference with her contributions.”
The Facebook post added: “We all pray to the lord almighty for her soul to rest in peace and hope that her story continues to inspire young aspirants wanting to make a difference. RIP Dear Charu, you will always be remembered…”
May Charu’s soul rest in peace.