The female lead in the upcoming Ashutosh Gowariker film, Mohenjo Daro, has contracted the mosquito borne viral disease, dengue fever, and is unable to take part in promotional activities of the film.

Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde Image/Video Screen Shot
Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde
Image/Video Screen Shot

25-year-old model and actress, Pooja Hedge, who in the role of Chaani, is cast alongside Hrithik Roshan in the lead male role.

According to Indian media reports, “It was three to four days ago that she was diagnosed with dengue. She was unwell for a few days and decided to undergo a few tests. She had already committed and given her nod to multiple photo shoots and appearances, but will now have to back out.”

Hedge tweeted on Wednesday, Thank you for all the wishes,I am much better now.Recovering faster thanks to all the love you’ll have sent me. ? #blessed

Hedge, a former beauty pageant contestant, was crowned as the second runner-up at the Miss Universe India 2010 competition.


Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There are four closely related but antigenically different serotypes of the virus that can cause dengue (DEN1, DEN 2, DEN 3, DEN 4).

Dengue has a wide spectrum of infection outcome (asymptomatic to symptomatic). Symptomatic illness can vary from dengue fever (DF) to the more serious dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF).

In the past 50 years, the incidence of dengue worldwide has increased 30-fold, largely as a consequence of the growth of cities and increased travel.

According to a 2013 WHO report between 1955 and 1959, the number of countries reporting cases of dengue increased from three to eight; in 2012, the geographical distribution of dengue included more than 125 countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. However,there was 2013 research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.