Amitabh Bachchan’s near-fatal accident on the sets of Coolie is known to all. On July 26, 1982, the megastar was badly injured while filming a fight scene with co-star Puneet Issar.
Amitabh was immediately rushed to a Mumbai hospital where he went into a coma-like situation. The actor by his own admission, was even declared ‘clinically dead’ for a few minutes before being put on the ventilator. After multiple surgeries and by the grace of his fans’ prayers, he finally moved a muscle on August 2, 1982, and the entire nation breathed a sigh of relief.
But, do you folks know that post the accident, Big B underwent tracheostomy, and was unable to speak for days? Recently, in his blog, the superstar worked down the memory lane and revisited his condition post the Coolie accident.
Amitabh Bachchan Opens Up About Undergoing Tracheostomy
He wrote, “The skin and face ages .. the scars of surgical relevance show up deeper .. that line on the nostril .. a reminder of the days spent in the ICU at Breach Candy Hospital after the Coolie accident .. the pipes, well some of the many that were then inserted for survival , would be pulled out by me in my stupor and semi coma condition .. it irritated me .. so they found a permanent solution .. they stitched it to my nostril , so I could not pull it out .. and it, the scar has remained .. that scar below on the neck…the tracheostomy .. in those days the neck was cut and the life saving apparatus was inserted there .. the machine connected to it breathed for you .. you lost your voice till it was there..”
This Is How Big B Communicated
“If and when I was in a condition to say something, I had to either gesture or seek a paper to just about be able to write a few shaky scratchy words,” he continued in his blog.
The Superstar Would Write Notes To Jaya Bachchan In Broken Bengali
Amitabh revealed that he would write notes to his wife and actor Jaya Bachchan in ‘broken Bengali’, asking her for water and other things. “Mostly surreptitiously to Jaya in broken Bengali, asking her to give me a sip of water – forbidden by the doctors .. so the nurses and doctors would not understand .. it never worked .. they would find out,” he wrote in his blog.
Do You Know This Trivia?
In the original script of Coolie, Amitabh Bachchan’s character was supposed to die in the climax. However, after his miraculous escape from the jaws of death in real life, and and seeing the raw emotions and support of the fans’ prayers that Big B credits for his second birth, the makers changed the climax of the film and cancelled his death scene.