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Bachchan released from hospital

Amitabh Bachchan leaving a Mumbai hospital on 17 October 2008
Fans across India prayed for Bachchan's recovery

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has been released from a Mumbai (Bombay) hospital where he was admitted last week with acute abdominal pains.

Reports said the star had suffered from incisional hernia.

Bachchan, who was on a liquid diet, left the hospital with his family members under police protection.

Known as the "Big B", Bachchan has starred in over 150 films in 30 years. He had been working on a film until a day before his illness last week.

Doctors said that Bachchan had responded to the medication and they were pleased with his recovery.

The star's fans across the country held prayers for his recovery at temples.

Bachchan underwent surgery for an intestinal condition at the same hospital in 2005.

Earlier this year, Bachchan, who starred in the legendary Hindi movie Sholay and hosted India's version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, appeared on stage with his family in a London showcase for Bollywood stars.

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