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Bachchan leaves hospital after op
Amitabh Bachchan is taken on a stretcher to the Leelavati hospital in Mumbai
Bachchan had been in hospital for three weeks
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has been released from hospital in Mumbai (Bombay) after nearly three weeks following abdominal surgery.

Mr Bachchan was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital and underwent surgery for a colonic condition on 30 November.

Television news channels showed a beaming, but a slightly gaunt, Mr Bachchan coming out of the hospital and waving to the hordes of fans.

There was also a crowd of fans waiting for him outside his home.

"It is a great moment of happiness for us. We have been waiting for him to get well and resume work soon," a fan told a television channel.

Doctors have advised the actor a month's rest, according to reports. Bachchan was suffering from diverticular disease - a condition caused by inflammation of the colon.

He is hero of more than 100 films and was once dubbed the "most famous actor of the millennium" by a BBC News website readers' poll.

Amitabh Bachchan

He is also India's biggest television star, presenting a popular hour-long show modelled on the hugely popular game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, on Rupert Murdoch's Star TV channel.

In 2000, he became the first Indian movie actor to be displayed at Madame Tussaud's wax museum in London.

Last year Bachchan said he was ready to act in a Hollywood film after years of turning down offers.

He said he had discussed working with British director Sir Ridley Scott when they both attended an awards ceremony in Marrakech in Morocco but nothing was finalised.

The son of a Hindi poet, Bachchan quit his job as a freight broker in Calcutta and set off for Bombay in pursuit of a career in the movies.

His acting career began in the 1970s and 1980s when he made his name as an action hero.

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