Big B puts on body rig for stunts 30yrs after ‘Coolie’ incident


Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has showed that no matter what is his age and what his current health condition is, at the age of 71 Big B has performed forbidden stunts in a body rig by defying medical orders for his new fiction show, ‘Yudh’. It’s been 30 years since the incident on the set of ‘Coolie, he has stayed away from heavy duty stunts and wearing body rig but for ‘Yudh’, he has done which might prove fatal to him.

A source said: "It was an important scene where Bachchan saab`s character Yudhishthir Sikarwar had to confront an important crisis in his life. The director Ribhu Dasgputa had been told by the Big B`s team that he wouldn`t be wearing the body rig. The last time he wore one was for `Coolie` when the near-fatal accident happened.

"The director was trying to find a way out of the situation when the Big B, realizing how important the stunts with the body rig were, took an impromptu decision, slipped on the body rig and went right ahead with the stunts."

The director said: "During the briefing for the scene, I wanted to do something that would create a certain atmosphere of intrigue around the protagonist`s character. For this, sir (Amitabh) was required to wear a body rig.

"Being a thorough professional, he agreed to wear the body rig although he knew that the action would require him to carry the weight of the heavy metal rig along with the camera. I guess they just don`t make actors like sir anymore."

The online trailer has become popular too as almost two lakh people have already viewed it. Keeping in mind Bachchan’s star power, ‘Yudh’ may easily become one of the hottest shows on Indian television.

The telecast date has not been announced yet but it is expected to hit the screen soon. The show’s title has been inspired from Amitabh Bachchan’s character in it, Yudhisthir Skarwar. Bachchan plays a big businessman and the series is based on his personal and professional struggles. From the trailer the show is looking quite interesting. Apart from ‘Big B’, the cast of the show also features several impressive acting names- Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kay Kay Menon and Sarika. All of them were seen in the trailer as well. Before the trailer’s television debut, Amitabh Bachchan wrote about it is his official  blog, “The promos or the first look of the new Tv serial that I work on shall be revealed tomorrow during the Finals of the IPL… see, look, discuss, obtain and finally give in to the people’s choice.” The living legend also tweeted “T 1500 - My tv serial named #YUDH … first look to be launched in broadcast of IPL finals ...!!” The show is joint venture between Endemol India and Bachchan’s company Sarawati Creations. Noted filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Shoojit Sircar will work as directors of the show.

Bachchan’s earlier work on television has been very popular. His work as the host of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ is considered as a landmark in the history of Indian television. The actor’s last release was the comedy flick ‘Bhoothnath Returns’. Apart from the TV series, the actor is currently working on his upcoming film ‘Leader’. He also has a project with Director R.Balki in hand.


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