Little did 12-year-old Smita Nandy know that she’ll have to pay a heavy price for participating in Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs. When Smita was eliminated, her father Sujit Nandy could not take it and he suffered a heart attack. While Smita remained unavailable for comment, we spoke to Sujit who is recuperating in a hospital in Kolkata. He confirmed and said, â€œYes, I have suffered a cardiac stroke. I am struggling. I am unwell.Smita should have reached the finals. I don’t know why she was eliminated. But I guess, that’s our destiny,â€ he said abjectly, not concealing his disappointment.
Smita is still with her mother in Mumbai. â€œI am left here fending for myself. My wife and daughter rushed here and were with me for two days, but they had to return to Mumbai because they got a call from Zee TV.â€
Seeing Smita’s plight, her friend and co-contestant, Anamika refused to go through the elimination rounds. In fact, she walked out of the show. â€œWhen Smita called me and told me about her father’s condition, I was devastated. I feared that my dad might undergo the same, if and when I am chucked out. So I decided to quit the show.â€
A special concession was made by the channel for Anamika. â€œMy mom and the channel heads of the show told me that I need not worry. My mom assured me that my dad is fine and he would be more disappointed if I abandoned the show midway. Reluctantly, I came back to show.
reported by:Sujit Nandy