By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: It’s a different Suraj Pancholi who came home on Tuesday evening after nearly 3 weeks of incarceration.
Suraj’s parents Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab are grappling with the hugely-gratifying experience of having their son home.But it’s also a time of tremendous stress for the family.
Says a source close to the family, “To begin with Suraj has lost a lot of weight. Suraj’s parents were shocked to see how gaunt their son looked.It’s like a different humanbeing walking out of that prison on Arthur Road. More disturbing is the fact that Suraj is not speaking much. He was never talkative. But now he’s absolutely quiet. His parents gently tried to ask him what it was like inside prison Suraj softly said, ‘Not now, please.’Then his parents suggested he go to the gym from the next day. Suraj refused.”
On Tuesday evening when he returned home Suraj sat quietly with sister Sana and a cousin. There was hardly any conversation.
Says the family source, “What does one say to a son who has gone through such a traumatic experience? Aditya and Zarina have let Suraj be.”
The family has been advised by friends that Suraj should visit a psychologist to come to terms with the traumatic experience. Aditya and Zarina would be soon consulting a psycho-therapist to help Suraj sort out the complex experiences he has undergone.
Says Aditya, “We can’t even begin to imagine what thoughts must be going through our son’s head. At the moment we are just happy to have him back home. We’re taking it one day a time.My boy has suffered for no fault of his. God bless those who did this to him.”