Bollywood’s Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is still very much loved for his films, was recently spotted wearing a neck brace at daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s father Krishnaraj Rai’s funeral at Mumbai on Saturday.
Talking about the injury, he says that he is suffering from a strained neck and it is an old medical problem that has flared up again.
The 74-year-old actor wrote on his blog that his cervical has suffered damage after doing action sequences over the years.
“Many have, yes, seen the picture with the neck brace and have expressed either exclamation or remedy, or surprise .. it is factual and it is on my neck, because the neck is strained .. these are recurrences of old action and stunt injuries right from the time of DON and several other films that came after and that have involved my physical movements for action deeds going horribly wrong ..” he wrote on his blog.
In our time we never had the benefit of safety devises .. it was raw it was real and it was injury centric .. we jumped from heights without protection, without soft landing gear, without harnesses that most actors deploy now and without face replacement .. face replacement ? that wonderful technological invention where a double or a duplicate can make the 60′ jump and his face is replaced by the main artists’ .. so on screen it looks as if the hero did it ..
He also says thanks to the VFX technique, actors are in safer hands today.
Difficult bike sequences, which involve dangerous riding skills are never with the leading man – most insurance companies do not allow that, but that is a different matter – they are done with duplicates and the face replaced with that of the leading man .. the intervention of special effects have made life and work easy, but expensive too .. VFx is expensive stuff .. replication of every action of the actor can be pre captured and through replacement made to look real .. you need never go to Mt Everest, but you could be put there on top .. !!
SO .. to get back to the brace .. the cervical has undergone so many damage inflicting stunts that several vertebrae are damaged, out of position, infected with trauma, and several other complicated medical terminology which I just cannot understand .. resulting in any act or movement or subjection to an awkward resting position, those vertebrae move about again out of position, making it impossible for me to sit stand sleep rest in any position whatsoever .. adds Bachchan.