Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan had cracked one of his left ribs while filming the action scenes in “Thugs of Hindostan,” but he continued to shoot. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—Amitabh Bachchan, who has wrapped up a tough, demanding schedule for Yash Raj Films’ “Thugs of Hindostan” at Malta recently, showed what it takes to define professionalism and passion for cinema during this shoot. Filming with Bachchan brought in emotional moments for the film’s writer-director Vijay Krishna Acharya.

Mr. Bachchan had wrapped up his portions and was all set to fly out after an extra day’s work when a shooting pain in his lower back kept growing exponentially. Filming for the action scenes had resulted in a minor injury for the mega- star. He had cracked one of his left ribs but continued to work despite excruciating pain, given that the film’s shoot was working to a tight schedule.

On the last day, writer-director Vijay Krishna Acharya wanted to avoid shooting, given the pain, Bachchan was facing. But instead, the actor chose to complete the shoot. “To me, having Mr. Bachchan on set, for ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ was an extraordinary experience in itself. I have grown up idolizing him and am an absolute fan of his ‘70s films. I had offered to reschedule the last day’s shoot, but he insisted on completing these portions and actually did a fine job! The kind of professional focus, commitment and sheer love for cinema he has is quite unmatched. I am overwhelmed, as is the unit that also worked at 100 percent to make this day’s work easier.”

It was only on his return to Mumbai that an MRI was done and the source of this terrible pain was found.

An entertainer that deals with a period of adventure and action on the high seas, “Thugs of Hindostan” also features Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh. Ajay-Atul score music.

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