Talking to Mirror while undergoing dialysis, Kalpana says, "Till the last day of my life, I will have to undergo dialysis three times a week and it doesn't come cheap.But thanks to the generous Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran (Rao), my dialysis bills have been covered for the next six months." Besides the large-hearted generosity of the couple, what has touched Kalpana to the core is that Aamir came up with the money after just one call from filmmakers, Ashoke Pandit and Vinta Nanda, who, having learnt of her illness, reached out a helping hand.A strong woman, she kept falling ill every month... All the tests came out negative and her ail ments were attributed to diabetes playing up.In February, she collapsed, and was rushed to a near by hospital where further tests revealed a cyst on her left kidney.She has also acted in successful films such as Aankhen (2002), Main Hoon Na (2004) - her biggest commercial success so far - and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? She received critical acclaim for her female-oriented roles in films such as Filhaal...(2002), Samay: When Time Strikes (2003), Chingaari (2005), Zindaggi Rocks (2006), Aag (2007) and others.If the tumour doesn't recur in the next two years, I'm safe," she says. A catheter has been attached but there is the possibility of minor operations to refix the apparatus if it fails.There are several other tests to undergo every week, along with mounting expenses over medicines and injections.
Her last film was the Sushmita Sen starrer, Chingaari, in 2006.
She started her career with the Hindi film, Dastak.
She rose to stardom with the Tamil musical Ratchagan opposite Nagarjuna; later, she attained commercial and critical recognition for her roles in Sirf Tum (1999) and the comedy Biwi No.1 (1999).
"Treatment at one of the best hospitals in the city is expensive.
I don't have the financial resources to fight single-handedly," Kalpana sighs.