On Sunday evening, Bobby Chawla, brother of actress Juhi Chawla and CEO of Shahrukh Khan's banner Red Chillies was dining at a surburban restaurant when he suddenly collapsed.
A make-up artiste who happened to be present at the restaurant at the time, saw this and called Farah Khan. She told the director what had happened and she didn't have the number of anyone in his family, and requested her to do the needful. Farah first called Juhi, and then SRK, but both of them were away in Kolkata for the Knight Riders match. She then realised it was up to her to get him medical help promptly.
In a quandary
Farah was out for dinner at the time and asked the girl to get Bobby to the nearby Kokilaben Ambani hospital, even as she rushed there. On reaching the hospital, she paid the deposit and got him admitted. Minutes later, the doctor told her he'd suffered a brain hemorrhage and blood needed to be drained from his head. They had to operate immediately. Initially, Farah found herself in a quandary, as Bobby's medical papers were not available at his home.
The OSO director then spoke to his wife, who was away in Delhi, who gave Farah consent to sign the papers and get her husband into surgery. Later, Gauri Khan and Karan Johar also reached the hospital. The trio left together after the surgery ended and Bobby was wheeled in to the ICU.
The following morning, Farah reached there and waited till his family arrived. It is learnt that Bobby is still in a coma. Bobby, a smoker and an occasional drinker is on the heavier side and had been stressed lately with the shooting of Red Chillies' upcoming film Ra.1, which is being shot in Goa.
Farah and Bobby had worked together since Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani when she had choreographed the songs for the film and he was executive producer of the film.