After filmmaker Prakash Jha and Bollywood actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, now popular talk show host Shekhar Suman has come up with a proposal to invest in his home state - Bihar.
Suman has proposed to set up a cardiac hospital in his hometown here in memory of his son Ayush who died of a heart ailment many years ago.
The television star confirmed that he has put forward a proposal to set up an ultra modern heart hospital for children in Patna. Suman and his doctor father Phani Bhusan Das were granted instant appointment with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday night.
After meeting Nitish Kumar, Suman said he had been assured that the state government would convey its decision on his proposal within a week. "It is time to give back to my native place," Suman told newspersons here.
According to him, the chief minister said that the state government would provide the land and other infrastructure needed for the hospital.
Suman, who spent his childhood and youth in Patna, said the proposed hospital would be ultra-modern.
He said he could not forget the pain of the death of his minor son, who died of a heart ailment when he was struggling to establish himself in Mumbai.
He said he would visit Patna regularly now and was proud to be born in Bihar and of his Bihari roots. "It is an emotional matter - a matter of the heart," he said.
His father resides in a middle class locality in Patna.
Suman is known for his comic takes on Bihar politicians, particularly Railway Minister Lalu Prasad.