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Subhreet Kaur’s story is no ordinary tale; it is a story of her extraordinary grit, courage, determination, perseverance. Am sure, her story which was aired in 7th episode of HRX Heroes with Hrithik Roshan is going to leave you wondering, can anyone have so much of mental strength? You might have seen her in “India’s got talent” and the latest season of “Jhalak Dikhla Jaa”. I had closely followed her when she was taking part in these shows, and I was aware of her story, but still, I got goosebumps while watching her story unveiled by Hrithik Roshan, narrated by her as well as her family and its perfect dramatic reconstruction left me with tears in my eyes.
Subhreet is known as the ‘One legged Dancer’ who has definitely become a great source of inspiration to many with her strong will, positive thinking and determination. She is extremely talented as a dancer, and nothing stops her from trying various contemporary dance forms.
Hrithik presents her story with a very famous quotation: Where there is a will, there is a way. How appropriately it fits Subhreet’s story. Her effort was to win her own self, beat her pain and grow beyond her physical limitations.
Subhreet was born in Punjab (in 1986). She lost her father very early in life and she was brought up by her mother. She was very fond of dance from childhood itself. Though she wanted to be part of entertainment world, be a dancer and wear beautiful clothes, she decided to pursue nursing profession on her mother Charanjeet Kaur’s insistence. Subhreet took admission in a nursing college.
An ill-fateful day in October 2009 turned the course of her life forever. Her friend was driving a scooty and she was sitting behind her. Subhreet asked her friend not to drive fast, but she continued driving fast. Unfortunately, she lost her balance and both of them were thrown off from the scooty. Subhreet’s leg was dragged under scooty’s wheel. She could feel lot of pain. Her world turned upside down on this day.
Ultimately she was taken to the hospital, where she was left lying in a bed for almost two weeks. In spite of Subhreet’s mother Charanjeet’s pleading the doctors to treat her, they just put her leg in a brace and left her. They did not even try to treat her fracture.
Subhreet already had a congenital condition called Arterioenous malformation, an abnormal connection between arteries and veins. Charanjeet was constantly telling the doctor about this condition of Subhreet. Eventually, Subhreet underwent operation, but the doctor cut a vital vein because of which uncontrollable bleeding started. Although, the surgical team could manage to stop the bleeding, but they cut short the operation. When she opened her eyes, she was unable to feel any sensation in her leg. On being asked, doctor responded that she would feel sensation in a few days. Surgeon’s incompetence meant that Subhreet now had to wait for the veins in her leg to heal before they could even attempt to fix her fracture for the second time.
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Subhreet was sent home to recover but her condition was worsening with each passing day. She had lost all the sensation in her leg. She weighed hardly 35 Kgs. She was bed-ridden for more than two months. Mother and sister took care of her.
Now came that part of her story, which I was absolutely unaware of, it really shook me from within. Subhreet narrated with choked throat and teary eyes that one morning when she got up, she found small ants on her bed and when she looked at her leg, she found that the ants were trying to eat her leg. Probably the ants were on her leg for the whole night, but she did not know due to lack of sensation. That is when she realized that her leg is dead and that is why her leg became prey to the ants. She was inconsolable and cried a lot along with her mother and sister. Subhreet was devastated but she took one of the toughest decisions of amputating her leg. This was the only option left to get her life back. She underwent operation.
In spite of losing the leg (lifeless leg), she decided to not succumb to self-pity or depression, but decided to pursue her passion of dancing. She gave herself this impossible challenge to dance on one leg. She trained herself at home, worked hard to maintain balance with one leg, worked to enhance her physical stamina. For formal training, when she decided to join a dance academy, finance was a concern, but her mother sold her earing to sponsor her dream. Initially, the dance academy rejected her due to her physical disability, she expressed her anger to one of them: ‘You will not choose me, rather I will choose you whether I want to learn from you or not and I decide not to choose you”. Finally Subhreet got an opportunity to train with Rockstar Academy.
Subhreet’s mother Charanjeet remarked about her decision to join dance: “I always knew that she was a good dancer, but I had forced her into studies. After the surgery, when she told me that she wanted to dance in TV shows, I was apprehensive but I supported her dream”.
After taking tough training, she auditioned for India’s Got Talent. She got standing ovation from the judges as well as the audience. Her appearance on this show made her a celebrity overnight. The whole country was awestruck with her performance. Her life changed for better. Later on she participated in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. Now, she is happy pursuing her passion of pursuing dance as a career.
Hrithik Roshan summed up her story in a beautiful manner that how she prepared herself to face the adversities of her life and even in the darkest phase of her life, she worked hard. Beating her physical limitation, today she is living a life which she completely deserves.
Cast: Sakshi Raina (Subhreet Kaur), Kusunita Tiwari (Mother), Apala Bist (Friend), Sukh Randhawa (Doctor), Rajeev Singh (Doctor), Bharat Patni (Doctor), Sushil Kumar Tiwari (Ward boy)
I felt Subhreet’s episode saw one of the best dramatic reconstruction so far in this show. And for this, indeed the whole cast is responsible. Sakshi raina as Subhreet Kaur has so convincingly portrayed her. Rather the whole cast has complemented well their respective characters.
The story of this HRX Hero Subhreet Kaur Ghumman would definitely leave you awestruck, inspired and certainly give you goosebumps. A one-legged dancer, victim of medical negligence, was not ready to succumb to the destiny of carrying a lifeless leg, but decided to get it amputated. She chose not to fall prey to self-pity but to pursue her childhood passion to be a dancer. You might have seen her on ‘India’s Got Talent’ and ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’, still, please read this post to know her story through Hrithik Roshan and also through her own words. She believes that one could only be handicapped in their mind not physically; you are handicap, if you have everything and you are doing nothing. I am choked with emotions while saluting this great lady Subhreet Kaur Ghumman whose story you can catch up in the repeat telecast of HRX Heroes with Hrithik Roshan on Discovery Channel on 28th November, 2015 at 8PM.