Amitabh Bachchan on Coolie accident: my approach to life hasn't changed

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Jun 26, 2014 11:32 IST

While shooting Coolie in Bangalore, Bachchan suffered a near fatal intestinal injury during a fight scene with co-actor Puneet Issar.

Back in 1982, when Amitabh Bachchan went into a coma following an accident on the sets of his film Coolie (1983), a nation prayed for the superstar’s recovery.

Bachchan defied all odds and made a full recovery, going on to star in more than a 100 films since.

Recently, F1 legend Michael Schumacher has also shown signs of improvement after being in a coma for over six months. In the wake of this development, Bachchan speaks to us in an email interview about his own ordeal. 

"My approach to life has not changed, the demographics of my body have (sic)," says Bachchan, about leading a healthy life post the accident.

Ask him if there’s something he wished for back when he was recuperating and he says, "That is, [one] should be peaceful, harmonious and happy."

From July 26 — when the accident happened in Bengaluru in 1982 — to showing signs of recovery in a Mumbai hospital on August 2, fans of the star kept praying for him.

Last year, remembering this frenzy, Bachchan had tweeted, "T 1188 -So its past the midnight hour and many birthday wishes coming in for Aug 2 .. the day I lived again after ‘Coolie’ accident.. (sic)."

An overwhelmed Bachchan adds, "If I am here before you answering your questions, it is undoubtedly because of the incredible efficiency of the doctors at the hospital, and the millions of prayers that went up from my well-wishers all over the world. That is a debt I shall never be able to repay."

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