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Shoot off, but all?s well with Big B

When the superstar cancelled his trip to Kolkata on Saturday, he had no idea of the impact it would make in Bollywood.
None | By Udita Jhunjhunwala & Hiren Kotwani, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2006 02:32 AM IST

It was a big let down. When Amitabh Bachchan cancelled his one-day trip to Kolkata on Saturday, he had no idea of the impact this cancellation would make in Bollywood in the next couple of days.

The cancellation was immediately “interpreted” by many in the film industry as well as a section of the media as the 'Big B' not feeling 100 per cent medically fit. Some reports even speculated that he would soon need surgery.

Rubbishing such reports, close friends of the family said that nothing was wrong with the superstar.

Bachchan senior had resumed regular work with Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna at Yash Raj Studios last Monday, after a gap of three months.

On Thursday, he began a three-day spell for his make-up man Deepak Sawant's Bhojpuri production Ganga, in which he is playing a Thakur.

According to reports, shooting 27 scenes in three days had exhausted him, leading to the cancellation of the Kolkata trip.

When contacted, Sawant, though, denied this. “He did those many scenes in three days, but the pace was easy and not at all stressful. He is fit and fine. The cancellation of the trip has just fuelled speculation but there is no cause for worry.”

In fact, Bachchan was at work on Monday afternoon on the sets of Ravi Chopra's Baabul at Film City. Said Chopra, “We're shooting a song sequence, and though Bachchan is not dancing, he is present in the song."

The last time there were rumours of Bachchan's health and suggestions that he might have to undergo a hernia operation, son Abhishek had told HT: “The hernia story is untrue and he is not likely to have another surgery.”

Bachchan is expected to shoot some more scenes for Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna on March 30. “There has been no change in his schedule and he is fine,” said Johar.

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