Hindu statesman Zed lauds Hollywood star Patrick Swayze for valor fighting cancer

Cover of "City of Joy"

Cover of City of Joy

Hollywood star Patrick Swayze, who learned meaning of love at Kolkata (India) slums in “City of Joy”, died on September 14 in Los Angeles (USA).

Nominated for three Golden Globes, actor-dancer-singer-songwriter Patrick Wayne Swayze, 57, who was once listed by People magazine as its “Sexiest Man Alive”, had pancreatic cancer. He was reportedly undergoing chemotherapy and taking an experimental drug which targets tumors.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Swayze dealt with his ailment with valor and sublimity and acted with elegance and charm. Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, also commended Swayze’s efforts at spirituality.

Swayze played idealistic Texas doctor Max Lowe in “City of Joy” (Roland Joffe, 1992), who  went to Kolkata in search of spiritual enlightenment and for "finding himself" after losing a patient and learns some important lesson s about life there. His co-stars in the movie included BAFTA nominated Om Puri (East is East), Filmfare Award winner Shabana Azmi (Arth), and Oscar nominated Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine).

His other films included "Ghost" (Jerry Zucker), "Dirty Dancing" (Emile Ardolino), "Point Break" (Kathryn Bigelow), etc.

Swayze believed in various forms of spiritualism and once reportedly said—“I have a great deal of faith in faith”. When reportedly asked about his spare time, he told that he didn't have any—being a rancher, wildlife conservationist and actor-director-producer kept him busy. He reportedly raised peacocks and was once keen on a career in ballet.

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