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Amitabh Bachchan’s near-death experience on the sets of ‘Coolie’ 40 years ago | Entertainment News

Amitabh Bachchan, who was known popularly as the angry young man of the 70s and 80s, recently got injured during the shoot of an upcoming Telugu film, tentatively titled ‘Project K’. Amitabh himself posted about the incident on his blog post. In the post, Big B said he has suffered a broken rib cartilage and a muscle tear while shooting an action scene on the sets of the film in Hyderabad.

The accident reminded his ardent fans about the actor’s near brush experience with death, over four decades ago, during the shoot of ‘Coolie’, a 1982 action comedy film featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Kader Khan and Rishi Kapoor.

The actor was shooting for the film on the sets of a university campus in Bengaluru, when the incident occurred. As per reports, Bachchan was evading a punch by stuntman Puneet Issar, who was playing the villain in the film, during an action scene. His stomach, however, came in contact with a sharp edge of a table, while evading the blow. Soon, he crumbled on the floor. The actor was taken to his suit for rest, as people thought it was just a minor injury.

However, when the pain doubled, he was admitted to a hospital in Bengaluru. Initially, X-ray reports did not suggest anything major. It was only later discovered that he had suffered intestinal rupture. By then, his situation had become serious and he had begun vomiting repeatedly. He was also running a high fever, soon after which he slipped into a coma.

There were reports that he had only 50 per cent chance of survival. Further complications, including pneumonia, were detected. The actor was later shifted to another hospital in Bengaluru, where he underwent a life-and-death surgery. The actor, also later revealed, he was injected cortisone| adrenaline, which saved his life.