I'm unable to accept it, spoke to him on the day of his demise: Ashiesh Roy's sister Conica Halder


Renowned television actor Ashiesh Roy breathed his last on November 24 due to kidney failure. The actor, who featured in shows like Sasural Simar KaBanegi Apni BaatBaa Bahu Aur Baby and Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi to name a few, made regular visits to the hospital for dialysis and treatment for water retention. While his family and friends are yet to come to terms with the sudden demise of the 55-year-old, Ashiesh's sister Conica Halder spoke to a leading daily and remembered her younger brother fondly. Conica, in the interview, said those close to Ashiesh aren't able to accept that he is no more. She told that he was to go for dialysis on the day of his demise. 

"A lot of people must have dismissed Ashiesh’s death as a rumour, because it was so sudden. I have not been able to accept it either, as I had spoken to him even on the day of his demise. He was scheduled to undergo a dialysis that morning. He said that he was feeling weak, and when I asked him to call the doctor, he told me not to worry. I don’t think his (domestic) help understood the seriousness of the situation. Upar se, in case of emergencies, Ashiesh would always ask that boy to not inform me as I live in Kolkata. If I had been informed, I could have called a doctor and an ambulance in time and he could have been given oxygen support. But, that call wasn’t made to me. His dialysis technicians told me that he didn't turn up that day. They also said that they could have saved his life, had he contacted them soon," Conica told.

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Conica spoke about how Ashiesh was devastated after the death of their mother. She said the actor's health started deteriorating in 2017. "He was devastated after she passed away. She used to stay with him and he missed having her around, her haath ka khana… House-helps cooked whatever they wished to and his food habits became irregular. That affected his health, and he developed hypertension and blood sugar. I would always tell him to keep his sugar levels in check, as that affects the kidney and eyes. He was also a bit depressed and started cutting off from his friends at that point. In May 2020, he suffered from renal failure, but overcame it. When I visited him last month, he was thinking of a kidney transplant, which was overruled by his doctor. Ashiesh was very particular about his dialysis and never missed it. He was planning to move to Kolkata and stay near me, and was just waiting for his flat in Mumbai to be sold," Conica added. 

Only a handful of people attended Ashiesh's funeral. Talking about the same, she said, "I don’t think Ashiesh would have liked too many people either. When I saw his body, he looked as if he was asleep. There was peace and calm on his face. I am thankful to his friends, including (actor) Sooraj Thapar, who took care of him during his renal failure, when I couldn’t fly down due to the lockdown."

Remembering Ashiesh fondly, Conica shared, "He would always say that he would live for another few years to see my daughter get married. But, he didn’t wait for anything. Ashiesh had a lot of shoots lined up, but I don’t have the heart to tell anyone that he is no longer with us. I can’t utter those words."

(Source: Times Of India)