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Bollywood legend returns to work
Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan has shown no signs of slowing down
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has returned to work after a four-month break to recover from surgery.

Bachchan, 63, was operated on at a Mumbai (Bombay) hospital last November for diverticular disease - a condition caused by inflammation of the colon.

The star began shooting on a film 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna' (Never Say Goodbye) at a Mumbai studio on Monday.

Bachchan, who has starred in over 100 films, has shown no sign of slowing down as he has got older.

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

Bachchan will start filming three movies this week, after 12 productions worth over $20m were delayed after he took ill last year, say reports.


"He was very excited this morning to come back to the set," the star's make-up man Deepak Sawant told the AFP news agency.

Bachchan will begin shooting for Ganga (River Ganges) followed by shooting later in the week in the lead role for Babul, reports say.

The star was hospitalised after complaining of abdominal pain last November.

Doctors found he had diverticular disease caused by the infection or inflammation of small pouches in the colon or large intestine.

Across India, fans offered prayers to the actor's speedy recovery.

The indefatigable Bollywood icon had over 11 film releases last year - more than he has had during any of his 40 years in cinema.

Amitabh Bachchan is taken on a stretcher to the Leelavati hospital in Mumbai
Bachchan was hospitalised after suffering from abdominal pain
Bachchan 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.

Two years ago 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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