Amitabh Bachchan suffers strained neck due to old stunts

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been in the film industry for over four decades. The legendary actor has suffered many injuries during his shoots, some which still give him pain.

Amitabh Bachchan was spotted wearing a neck brace at daughter-in-law and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s father’s funeral on March 18. The 74-year-old revealed that he wore the medical device due to a strained neck caused by stunts he did in his younger days.

“Many have, yes, seen the picture with the neck brace and have expressed either exclamation or remedy, or surprise… It’s factual and it’s on my neck, because the neck is strained. These are recurrences of old action and stunt injuries right from the time of ‘Don’ and several other films that came after that have involved my physical movements for action deeds going horribly wrong,” the thespian wrote on his blog.

The veteran actor further wrote, “The cervical has undergone so many damage inflicting stunts that several vertebrae are damaged, out of position, infected with trauma, and several other complicated medical terminology which I just cannot understand… Resulting in any act or movement or subjection to an awkward resting position, those vertebrae move about again out of position, making it impossible for me to sit stand sleep rest in any position whatsoever.”

Amitabh Bachchan said there were no safety devices during their times. “It was raw, it was real and it was injury-centric. We jumped from heights without protection, without soft landing gear, without harnesses that most actors deploy now and without face replacement,” the ‘Pink’ actor added.

He also called the ‘face replacement’ a “wonderful technological invention,” adding that special effects and VFX has made an actor’s life and work easy.

“Where a double or a duplicate can make the 1960s jump and his face is replaced by the main artist’s… So, on screen it looks as if the hero did it… Difficult bike sequences, which involve dangerous riding skills are never with the leading man… They are done with duplicates and the face replaced with that of the leading man,” Big B wrote.

He added, “VFX is expensive stuff. Replication of every action of the actor can be pre-captured and through replacement made to look real… You need never go to Mt Everest, but you could be put there on top.”