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Big B packing a paanch!

Amitabh Bachchan may be a little down of late, due to liver cirrhosis and hernia but the star has five projects scheduled to go on the floors including a TV show in the next few month.
By Hiren Kotwani | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2010 06:00 PM IST
Amitabh Bachchan may be a little down of late, due to liver cirrhosis and hernia, about which he has written on his blog… But he’s clearly not out of action. Au contraire, he’s got plenty lined-up in the months to come. While Shoojit Sircar’s Johnny Mastana, produced by UTV, is in the post-production stages, the actor has reportedly committed dates for Rajkumar Santoshi’s Outsider, being produced by Firoz Nadiadwala. He’s also alloted dates for Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan on the reservation in education and The Actor for Pritish Nandy Communications.



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On his voice blog, Bachchan Bol, the actor informs about the changes in the script of Outsider. "Initially, we thought that it came across as a me-too post 9/ll project set in the US. So, Firoz Nadiadwala and Rajkumar Santoshi and worked out a different story," he explains. "I met director Prakash Jha a couple of times and Aarakshan is a great story to be part of," he says, adding, "The problem is that two-three producers have come to me with roles of a principal or a teacher. I’ll have to think which ones to give the green signal to.

Pritish Nandy approached me for The Actor, which I have given the nod to.” He also reveals that a TV channel has expressed their wish to rope him in for their reality show. “Let’s see what comes out of the discussion,” he states on his voice blog. Apart from these, Bachchan is also working on The Legend Of Kunal with director Chandraprakash Dwivedi and his third movie with Baalki, after the award-winning Paa.

A couple of days ago, he had posted: “The doctors have been after me for a surgery, well two actually on either side of the abdomen and I have been avoiding it because of my busy schedule. But I shall have to take care of it now.” However, it seems the medication is working.

A family friend says, “It’s still too early to say if a surgery will be required immediately. Regardless of everything, he’s carrying on with his routine.” No wonder the always-on-the-go actor is raring to go back to the studios. In response to a post on his blog, a medical report confirmed through investigation, that a 10-hour sleep regenerates the body, Bachchan wrote the other day: “It’s past midnight here and I rise for gymming at 6. I am already late by four hours.”

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