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Contracted TB ahead of KBC launch in 2000: Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan yesterday revealed that he had been diagnosed with tuberculosis ahead of the launch of television game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ in 2000 but fought back.

Bachchan was recently roped in as brand ambassador by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for its campaign against the ailment.

“I was diagnosed with tuberculosis when Kaun Banega Crorepati was to be launched in year 2000. TB can happen to anyone,” Bachchan said at the launch of the BMC’s awareness campaign: “TB Harega Bharat Jitega” here.

The megastar said he immediately agreed to be part of the campaign because he himself had suffered because of TB.

Bachchan said he felt proud to be associated with the campaign because it is a part of public service to create awareness about the ailment.

“I would feel tiredness and loss of appetite. When I checked with doctors, I was diagnosed with the ailment. The ailment can be treated and one does not need to stop daily routine. I worked on KBC without any problem,” the actor recalled.

Bachchan said he has the resources for getting medical treatment in foreign countries after the life-threatening injury on sets of Bollywood movie ‘Coolie’ (1983). “But I have faith in doctors here and I recovered,” he said.

Bachchan said the anti-polio campaign he was part of culminated after eight years with eradication of polio in the country.

“The need of the hour is to keep the country polio free,” he added.

In his address, state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said ‘Clean India mission’ is possible only if people whole-heartedly participate in it.

“The root of all ailments is uncleanliness,” he said.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who was also present on the occasion, said active participation of people is required in the campaign against tuberculosis.

“TB Harega, Bharat Jeetega” campaign features multimedia content to highlight key messages for prevention and control of the ailment through television, print, radio, internet and outdoor media.

It highlights steps that need to be taken for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TB.

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