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KGF actor Harish Rai reveals he has cancer, kept beard in film to hide swelling

Actor Harish Rai, who was last seen in Yash’s KGF: Chapter 2, has revealed that he is suffering from throat cancer and had to keep a beard in the film to hide the swelling caused by the illness.

Harish Rai played Khasim in the Yash-starrer KGF.

Actor Harish Rai, who was recently seen in Yash-starrer KGF: Chapter 2, has revealed in a recent interview that he is battling with advanced throat cancer. The actor, who is prolific in Kannada cinema, also added that he was dealing with the disease while shooting for KGF 2 earlier this year and kept a beard to hide the swelling caused by the cancer.

KGF: Chapter 2, starring Yash, is one of the most successful Indian films of all time, having earned over ₹1200 crore at the box office. Harish played Khasim chacha, a father figure to Yash’s Rocky in the Prashanth Neel film. Harish also appeared in KGF: Chapter 1, which released in 2018.

Recently, in an interview with YouTuber Gopi Gowdru, Harish opened up about his illness. “Situations can bestow greatness upon you or take things away from you. There is no escaping fate. I’ve been suffering from cancer for three years. There is a reason I had a long beard when performing in KGF, to cover up the swelling in my neck that this disease has created.”

The actor added that he had delayed his surgery since he did not have enough money for it initially and now things are getting worse. He said, “I put off my surgery because I didn’t have any money at first. I waited till the movies were released. Now that I’m at the fourth stage, things are becoming worse.” The actor added that he had recorded a video asking for help from fans and people in the industry but couldn’t bring himself to post it.

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