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Amitabh Bachchan: 'I was clinically dead for two minutes'

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan

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Amitabh Bachchan has claimed that doctors told him he was clinically dead for two minutes.

The actor famously sustained a life-threatening injury on the set of the 1982 film Coolie.

He told The Times of India: "Medical facilities in Bangalore were not that proficient at that time; of course now they are brilliant. I had to go through another immediate surgery and it was that surgery that I didn't come out of.

"I was in a coma and clinically dead for a couple of minutes. When I came out of it, they felt it was a kind of rebirth and wanted to celebrate [August 2] as my second birthday."

He added: "My respondents [on my blog] who are now my extended family keep asking about [the injury] and I said, 'Yes, one day I'll tell you all the details about what happened that day'. Most of it is unpleasant so I don't want to destroy their peace of mind."

In July, the veteran star said that he planned to return to his normal work rate after recent surgery related to the earlier injury.

However, he admitted that he has only committed to the forthcoming sixth series of Kaun Banega Crorepati.

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