Scottish comedian Sanjeev Kohli’s character of the amusingly grumpy Navid in the popular comedy show “Still Game” was greatly inspired by his father. The actor derived many of Navid’s humorous phrases from his dad, who continues to remain his hero.

During a recent heartfelt interview, Sanjeev revealed that his father, Parduman, a retired teacher, is now fighting the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.

Even though his father is now 90-years old, witnessing him in this condition is challenging for Sanjeev, who admires his dad’s spirit, especially his love for travel and lively nature.

Sanjeev acknowledges a poignant truth about this situation, pointing out the silver lining in the tragic scenario: “There are advantages to losing someone slowly, as you have time to mentally prepare yourself. Despite knowing there will be relief when their suffering is over, you are never ready to let them go.”

Witnessing his tall and proud father’s health deteriorate pains the comedian, but he and his family are choosing to focus on positivity and are honoring him on Father’s Day.

Although Parduman’s mobility has been affected by the disease, he remains determined and is aided by four dedicated NHS caregivers. They assist his caring wife in supporting him.

Sanjeev expressed, “Dad is still very much in there and that spark and his satire are still very much alive,” reminding us that his vibrant personality still shines through.

The comedian’s portrayal of Navid in the much-acclaimed BBC comedy was significantly influenced by his dad’s unique sense of humor and wit, which turned otherwise grumpy phrases into comic gems.

Sanjeev reminisces about his childhood in Glasgow and how his dad’s sarcasm and use of the term ‘bloody b*****ds’ would end their indoor football games. Sanjeev effectively channeled this spirit into Navid’s character in “Still Game.”

Parduman was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago, and his condition has gradually worsened since. He had a significant stroke eight years ago while traveling to India. Later, it was discovered that he had also had several minor strokes earlier, which resulted in evident forgetfulness and aging.

The Kohli family, originally from India, moved to Scotland when Parduman reentered university, retrained as a teacher, and secured a position at St Mary’s in Bishopbriggs, a school for boys with challenging attitudes. Here, the family finally settled down.

Despite the challenges his job posed, Parduman always cherished his profession. HIs unique humor and sarcastic remarks were respected and enjoyed by his students.

Sanjeev’s mother worked as a social worker in Glasgow and later took over a newsagent she and her husband purchased. Sanjeev recalls his parents’ fearless outlook on life and their shared enthusiasm for humor as a significant influence on his own personality and work ethic.

Parduman’s love for travel led him to explore numerous places, including Peru and Kashmir, and he was passionate about driving until just two years ago, at the age of 88. His ambition of traveling on the Trans-Siberian Railway remained unrealized due to his deteriorating health.

Parduman is one of the 90,000 individuals in Scotland suffering from dementia, and a significant number among these are taken care of at home by family members and caregivers.

Despite the challenges, Sanjeev, who lives close to his parents in Glasgow’s West End, hopes to maintain a positive outlook and celebrates Father’s Day with his dad, hero, and his mum, his rock.

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