Amitabh Bachchan who was to grace the opening of the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival on November 8, couldn't make it to the event because of health reasons. Apologizing for the same, Bachchan penned a blog to write that a 'sudden medical condition' has confined him to bed and therefore, unfortunately, had to cancel his visit.
He wrote: "A regret .. was to be in Kolkata for KIFF, but a sudden medical condition confined me to bed and so had to unfortunately cancel my visit , which I must add has been a constant for several years .. " West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the inauguration programme said: "Amitabhji comes here every time. But he could not turn up. Since last night he is unwell. So doctors have restricted his movements. He is suffering a lot since last night. He contacted me, Jaya ji (Jaya Bachchan) also. .. We pray for his long life and good health. Today though he could not come, I believe Amitji's mind is with this festival. We cannot think of this film festival without him."
T 3543 - .. was to be in Kolkata for KIFF ,but a medical condition put me in bed .. apologies KIFF and the passionate people of Kolkata .. i shall make up some day .. sorry pic.twitter.com/5YvIe1VCgq— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 8, 2019
Amitabh Bachchan in the same blog wrote about being confined to his bed and how it pains him to trouble his family at a time like this for the little things like picking up a glass of water or charging the phone. He wrote:
It seems odd to be confined to a bed .. so many natural actions get stifled .. get to the phone , charge the mobile, pick up a glass of water .. and so many more little little matters .. feels stupid to be even mentioning it but there it is ..
.. in Hospital they have that emergency bell in the nearby hand , or a small balloon like object when inside the ‘tube’ to ask for assistance and help .. but at home you never want to disturb the family and give them any task .. it seems embarrassing .. you want to not give any pressure there, just do it yourself ..
.. AND more importantly, the very act of being immobile puts the staff and others that have always seen you in motion, in a different light .. there is a sense of helplessness .. which one is not deserving of but there .. one never wants to put another in any situation thus .. they see us as invincible , active and about .. and then suddenly they see you horizontal .. doesn’t look good ..
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who completes 50 years in Hindi cinema and continues to be one of the busiest actors in Bollywood, on Thursday shared a health update with his fans, saying doctors have advised him to cut back on work. Sharing several of his pictures alongside a photograph of a meeting with doctors at his home, Jalsa, Bachchan said he would be back to the grind despite the warning by "the stethoscope dressed messengers from heaven".
"The tunnel at the NSSH... indeed several tunnels and some more probing with the meter in hand that sonographs.. a few on the side injectables .. at various locations on this mine field of a body.. some venus strips punctured and the fluids dripped in.. a few hard core instructions to follow.. and back to the grind, despite the stethoscope dressed messengers from heaven giving strong warnings of work cut off.. or else (sic)," Bachchan wrote on his official blog.
The 77-year-old star was announced as the recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award, Indian cinema's highest honour for an artiste, in October this year. Bachchan has a full slate ahead with "Jhund", "Chehre", "Gulabo Sitabo" and "Brahmastra" besides his hosting duties on "Kaun Banega Crorepati".
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