Birthday boy Bachchan in hospital

A quiet family celebration was on the cards for his 66th birthday. Normally, it’s an open-house at Jalsa, the Bachchan residence in Juhu, with the scent of jasmine in the air. That wasn’t to be.

Amitabh Bachchan took ill around 12.30 pm on Saturday following abdominal pain. He was rushed to Nanavati Hospital, a brief drive away from his house. Abhishek was with his father in the ambulance with wife Jaya Bachchan, daughter Shweta Nanda  and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai following in a car.

Bachchan had been complaining of stomach pain since Friday evening. “The cause of pain is being investigated. Bachchan has undergone blood investigations and a CT scan of the abdomen. The reports will come on Sunday,” said Lilavati Hospital spokesperson Mohan Rajan.

The family, too, announced that this was a routine check-up. But from Nanavati Hospital in Juhu, Bachchan was taken to the Lilavati Hospital in Bandra.

The last time Bachchan was admitted to hospital was in December 2005. That time it was for inflammation and perforation of his intestines. Bachchan was operated on and discharged after about three weeks.

On Friday, the actor was shooting for Teen Patti, produced by Ambika Hinduja. He was to resume shooting on Monday. In 1984, he had suffered from a neuromuscular ailment while shooting for Mard. In 1982, he had suffered a near-fatal stomach injury while on the sets of Coolie in Bangalore.

“He will be in the hospital for 48 to 72 hours. There is slight improvement in his condition,” Abhishek said.

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