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Amitabh Bachchan: I was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2000

Roped in as the brand ambassador of anti-tuberculosis campaign in Mumbai, Big B revealed that he was diagnosed with the disease while Kaun Banega Crorepati was being launched. This is the first time the actor has spoken about this.

entertainment Updated: Dec 23, 2014 17:48 IST
Amitabh Bachchan: I was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2000

Actor Amitabh Bachchan has revealed that he had been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in 2000.

The 72-year-old actor spoke about this, when he was recently roped in as brand ambassador by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for its campaign against the ailment. "I was diagnosed with tuberculosis when Kaun Banega Crorepati was to be launched in the year 2000. TB can happen to anyone," Bachchan said.

He even shared that he immediately agreed to be part of the campaign because he himself had suffered because of the disease. "I would feel tiredness and loss of appetite. When I checked with doctors, I was diagnosed with the ailment. It can be treated and one does not need to stop their daily routine. I worked on KBC without any problem," the actor recalled.

Besides TB, Bachchan has also been the face of polio eradication in the country, and said that he is glad that after eight long years of creating awareness about polio, the country was free of the disease. "The need of the hour is to keep the country polio free," he said.

Talking about another time when he felt proud of India’s health facilities, the actor recalled the time when he met with a life-threatening accident on the sets of his film Coolie (1983). He said that although he had the resources of getting medical treatment in foreign countries, he decided to get treated in India. "I could have gone abroad ... but I had faith in the doctors of our country and I recovered," he said.

First Published: Dec 23, 2014 10:53 IST