Amitabh Bachchan celebrated his 27th ‘birthday’ on August 2 by recounting the life-threatening incident that took place on the sets of Coolie. He wrote on his blog, "Abhishek PINGed me the first from Ooty. 2882!! Happy birthday Pop, you just turned 27 and I’m older than you." 2882 comes from the date 02.08.1982, the day he got a new lease of life.
Big B recalled, “We were shooting some action sequences at the platform and all went off well. Until perhaps the most simplest of shots, of taking a punch in the stomach and rolling over a table, brought me to a halt. The entire night I wreathed in pain.” In the morning he was shifted to the Philomena Hospital in Bangalore .
“A renowned neuro-surgeon announced, ‘Get him on the operating table, right now, else you will be taking a dead body on the evening flight’... I didn’t come out of it for hours. Jaya was brought to my bedside to have a last look. I had sunk to a
clinical death...,” he added. The procedure continued till Jaya noticed his toe move. “I lived. It was late in the night… the 2nd of August 1982!! Happy Birthday!!” he concluded.