Moushumi Chatterjee and her family underwent major grief as they lost their beloved family member in 2019. Moushumi Chatterjee’s daughter Payal died after physically suffering for a long time. She was suffering from type 1 diabetes and was in coma for a year before taking her last breath. Payal passed away at the age of 45 and the family hasn’t been able to overcome the pain since then. On May 1, they celebrated Payal’s birth anniversary.
Moushumi also opened up about dealing with the grief. Initially hestitant to talk about the incident, Moushmi said, “I don’t like to talk about it now because Payal is not around. But Payal made a wrong choice and she paid the price. And we all paid the price. But I can’t just say that only Payal was wrong. Because if only she was wrong, why are we suffering?”
Further opening up during candid talk with senior journalist Bharathi S Pradhan, the veteran actress said, “She was such a lovely child. She suffered so much. In 2017, she went into coma. She came back in between. We were forbidden to see her also. We had to via police, court etc. So, on this subject also, the less said the better because it’s not a nice thing we are talking about.”
When asked about how she dealt with the pain, Moushumi elaborated, “We handled it together as a family. My mother also died during that time. She didn’t know why Payal is not coming to see her. I couldn’t tell her that she was in coma. My child-like dog also gave his life. I had to pray to god that please take her away because I couldn’t see her suffering. We all have to leave our body one day. What is the point of suffering? If you love the soul, you should set it free. My younger daughter was most damaged. My husband has still not gotten over it. He still sees Payal’s photo and gets choked. But we also celebrate Payal’s birthday with much joy. We bring her favourite Pineapple cake.”
Moushumi believes in handling grief with positivity. She said, “But then also, I am happy because every day a mother is losing a child, especially our soldiers. That’s why we sleep at night properly. And when a mother loses her soldier-son, she gets the other son ready. So our pain is nothing in front of them. That’s why I could laugh, I could smile. I always say that you should be the source of happiness. Sadness is not something you should share. I feel I am a brave person. I have been brought up well. Sanjeev Kumar once said to me, ‘You are the first person I have met who enjoys being alone. You are happy all by yourself’.”
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