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Bal Thackeray helped save my life, Sena ambulance rushed me to hospital after accident: Big B

Reminiscing about their bond, the actor said he was moved to see his photo on Thackeray’s bedside when he visited him just before his death

mumbai Updated: Dec 22, 2017 20:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Bal Thackeray,Amitabh Bachchan,Coolie
Actor Amitabh Bachchan with Uddhav and Rashmi Thackeray at the launch of the biopic on Thackeray on Thursday evening.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Bal Thackeray helped save my life after the accident on the sets of ‘Coolie’, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan said, talking about his special bond with the late Shiv Sena founder.

“It was raining heavily and no ambulance was available. Finally, a Sena ambulance took me to hospital,” the 75-year-old actor recalled while speaking at the launch of the biopic on Thackeray on Thursday evening.

The incident had taken place in 1982 when the actor was flown into Mumbai from Bangalore, and had to be rushed from the airport to Breach Candy hospital.

“Thackeray was like family,” Big B said, sharing many anecdotes from their interactions at the launch of the film ‘Thackeray’, which will feature Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role. He also credited Thackeray with helping him through the rough patch he went through following Bofors allegations.

Bachchan recalled visiting the ailing Sena supremo before his death in November 2012. “Uddhavji allowed me to go and see him. I was in the room with Aaditya [Uddhav’s son] and was touched to see my photo by his bedside. It was unbearable to see him suffering,” he said.

Sena chief and Thackeray’s son Uddhav attended the event with his family.

The film, produced and scripted by senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut, will be directed by the general secretary of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Abhijit Panse, a former Sainik. It is slated to release on January 23, 2019.

Bachchan suggested that those behind the movie should consider making a web series on Thackeray. “I want to request you to not limit a larger-than-life personality like him to a three-hour movie. We can make a web series on Balasaheb to capture the different phases of his life and personality. It will be really interesting for the young generation to know a man like him.”

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 12:50 IST