Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has revealed that he is a TB survivor.
The superstar revealed that he was diagnosed with TB on the day he started shooting for Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) in 2000. He recalled it was a time of immense pain and he was on strong medication to relieve from pain.
“In 2000, I was detected with TB and went through a very rigorous treatment for almost a year. I contracted TB on the day I was going to start TV show KBC. It was a TB of spine. It’s very uncomfortable. You cannot sit or lie down. Most of the time, I was on 8-10 pain killers a day just to survive the period when I was anchoring the game show,” the megastar said ahead of World Tuberculosis Day on March 24.
“Many people ask me why I contribute my services to the medical cause. I have had a complicated medical history. One of the reasons I took up TB is because I am a TB survivor,” Big B said.
“The reason I disclosed is that I felt that the word survivor is somehow is a very powerful word. When I say I am TB survivor, it seems like I survived a plane crash or boat sinking. If you survive that, it lends a lot of power and strength to what you are saying deeper. It’s like saying that I have survived it because I went through a process,” he said.
It was commendable from the actor to create awareness among people about the disease.