Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the Dadsaheb Phalke Award on September 24, the same day he had returned from the hospital, two months after his near fatal-accident on the sets of Manmohan Desai's film Coolie. 37 years later, a video of Mr Bachchan being welcomed at his residence after two-months of treatment at the hospital, is going viral on the internet. The video was shared on Twitter by a fan of Big B.
The black and white video shows Amitabh Bachchan stepping out of an ambassador and touching his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan's feet and giving him a tight hug. His mother Teji Bachchan showers him with kisses by holding his face in his hands. His mother then performs aarti as his wife Jaya Bachchan stands next to him.
Amitabh Bachchan released a brief video statement, in which he can be heard thanking his fans: "Today, the 24th of September, is exactly two months from the date when I was injured. And I sit here before you as a result of the efforts of the doctors from St. Philomena's Hospital. And more especially the doctors and nurses from the Breach Candy Hospital in Bombay. But I'm grateful most of all, to all you people, who have prayed for me, for my life. Be it in a temple, be it in a mosque, be it in a church. You all came forward." "I don't know so many of you. Yet you prayed for me, I am grateful for that. The least that I can do now is to try and live up to your expectations. I'll try, I'll try very hard," Big B concluded.
Amitabh Bachchan was filming for a fight scene in Bengaluru when he made a mistimed jump during an action sequence with co-star Puneet Issar. After missing the landing spot, he was brutally hurt by the edge of a table. He was immediately rushed to St. Philomena's Hospital in an unconscious state. Soon after he was flown to Mumbai and was admitted straight to Breach Candy Hospital.
August 2 is celebrated as Amitabh Bachchan’s second birthday about which Big B once wrote on his blog: "The dark shadows that loomed large on August 2, 1982 at the Breach Candy Hospital, as I battled for life, having been under surgery for the second time within days, and not coming out of it for extended hours, Jaya being called in to the ICU to have a last glimpse of her husband, before I passed away and that last ditch effort by Dr Udwadia in pumping phial after phial of cortisone injections until miraculously, my toe moved and Jaya first noticed it and exclaimed 'Look, he's alive'."
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#flashbackfriday 37 years ago in the Breach Candy hospital. My father was recovering from a near fatal accident on the sets of his film Coolie. Today- 2nd August we celebrate his second birthday as he was miraculously revived by the doctors on this day. Happy Birthday Pa! Love you. #TrueLegendsAreBornTwice
After his full recovery, Amitabh Bachchan joined the sets of Coolie, which turned out to be a box office blockbuster after its release on November 14 1983.