By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan was hurt on the sets of Sujoy Ghosh's mega fantasy "Alladin" while doing an action sequence. He was rushed to a hospital. He is back in action now.
This is the superstar's second injury on the sets of the film.
At first, the 65-year-old actor tried to brush off the incident but later admitted that he was in excruciating pain.
"Yes, I've injured myself doing an action scene for 'Alladin'. I had to go to a hospital for an MRI test. But I'm not hospitalised. I'm back on the set, heavily drugged to assuage the pain so I can complete crucial work," Amitabh, who hurt himself Monday, told IANS.
Ghosh said: "He was doing a kick for a fight when something gave way in his back. We don't quite know what happened. But Amitji was in unbearable pain. He had to be taken to hospital for MRI tests. But he was back on the sets right after the tests. I'm half Amitji's age. But I've half his energy and grit."
About this being the second occasion when he was injured on the sets of Alladin, Sujoy said: "Yes, earlier he hurt his wrist. That's because Amitji is doing a full-on actioner after ages. The special effects in 'Alladin' have nothing to do with his action scenes.
"I wanted him to perform the stunts the same way he did in all those films like 'Zanjeer' and 'Deewaar' that I grew up watching - live and raw. It was a wish, and I didn't want anything to come between my dream and me.
"I do caution Amitji before every action scene. But he just goes for the kill each time. I don't want anything to happen to him for selfish reasons. I want to make at least 20 more films with him," he said.