Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt is undergoing "preliminary treatment" at Mumbai's�Kokilaben hospital, his wife Maanayata Dutt said on Tuesday amid reports that the actor was battling lung cancer.�
Dutt was earlier in the day photographed leaving for the hospital with sister Priya Dutt.
"Prarthana karo ( pray)," the 61-year-old actor said to the paparazzi standing outside his home.
Maanayata said the plans to take Dutt abroad for medical treatment will be taken later depending on the coronavirus situation.
"For those asking, Sanju will complete his preliminary treatment in Mumbai. We will formulate further plans of travel depending on how and when the covid situation eases. As of now, Sanju is in the best hands of our esteemed doctors at Kokilaben hospital," Maanayata said in a statement.
Without specifying the nature of his disease, she said their family was "shaken up" but "determined to fight tooth and nail".
Dutt was admitted to Lilavati Hospital on August 8 after he complained of breathlessness.
After his discharge on August 10, the actor tweeted about taking a "short break" from work owing to medical treatment.
As rumours swirled around the actor's heath condition, Maanayata requested well-wishers to avoid speculating about the "stage of his illness".
"I request everyone, with my folded hands, to stop speculating the stage of his illness and let the doctors continue to do their work. We will update you all regularly with his progress."
Maanayata said she couldn't be by her husband's side at the hospital as she was under home quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic.
She said Dutt's sister, Priya, has been "an incredible torchbearer."
"Every battle has a torchbearer and someone who holds the fort. Priya who has worked extensively over two decades with our family-run Cancer foundation, and who has also seen her mother battle this illness, has been our incredible torchbearer, while I will hold the fort."
In the long statement, Maanayata, 42, expressed gratitude to fans and said she hopes they would continue to love and support the family during these trying times.
"Sanju has been through many ups and downs in his life, but what has kept him going through every tough phase has always been your adulation and support.
"And for this, we will always be grateful. We are now being tested through yet another challenge, and I know, the same love and warmth will see him through this time as well."
She further said Dutt was the "heart and soul" of the family and all of them are determined to fight this battle and emerge winners.
"Sanju is not only my husband and father to our children, but he has also been a father figure to Anju and Priya, after losing their parents.
"While our family is shaken up, we are determined to fight tooth and nail. With God and your prayers on our side, together we will overcome, and emerge as winners," she added.
Dutt is the eldest child of late Bollywood stars Nargis and Sunil Dutt. He has two sisters -- Priya Dutt and Namrata Dutt.
He has two children, a son and a daughter, with Maanayata. The actor also has a daughter Trishala Dutt from his first marriage to Richa Sharma. She died of brain tumour in 1996.