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Big B returns on TV

It is likely that fresh episodes of Kaun Banega Crorepati II will be shot in Feb.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2006 15:50 IST

Now that Amitabh Bachchan is back from hospital and recovering, the big question is on everyone’s lips: When will the mighty star resume work?

The Big B has said: "Any kind of work is out for me right now. The main scare, besides the physical weakness, is the infection. I can’t go into crowded places since I’m right now susceptible to infection. I’m yet to heal completely. I think complete recovery will take about six months."

In 2006, approximately Rs 75 crore are riding on Brand Bachchan in Bollywood alone. He has completed his work for Karan Johar’s Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Eklavya, and a last schedule of 50-odd days remains for Ravi Chopra’s Baabul. His other major releases are Ram Gopal Varma’s Sholay, Farah Khan’s Happy New Year and Rumi Jaffery’s God Tussi Great Ho.

However, after his illness, the immediate curiosity arises about his stint on television — his presence is indeed all-important for Kaun Banega Crorepati II on Star Plus.

Now that Amitabh Bachchan is back from hospital and recovering, the big question is on everyone’s lips: When will the mighty star resume work?

Though the channel lined up past episodes in the form of

The Best of KBC II

for the month of January, it can’t go on for ever, if the show has to continue. So, despite Bachchan’s illness, it is likely that fresh episodes of the hit show


will be shot over the month of February.



Confirms Star Plus COO, Samir Nair: "As of the end of last week, the indications that we have from Mr Bachchan is that he will be able to resume work between the middle to the end of February." Nair further adds: "We have no reason to believe otherwise."



Talking about the delay in

Baabul,

producer-director Ravi Chopra says: "For us,as also for the entire industry,his health is of prime concern. Everything else is secondary. We had initially planned to release

Baabul

in May 2006, but now we are looking at an August date."



Taking an account of the entire situation, trade analyst Taran Adarsh says: "He’s known for his sense of commitment and professionalism, and two of his major projects are completed. Although some will be affected, I’m sure he’ll make it up when he is back."