Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, veteran actress Hema Malini, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar among others have wished their…
“I am a tuberculosis survivor” and that is why “I took up” the cause of spreading awareness about the disease, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan on Monday said ahead of World Tuberculosis Day.
“Many people ask me why I contribute my services to medical cause. I have had a complicated medical history. One of the reasons I took up TB is because I am a TB survivor. 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 as he joined US Ambassador to India Richard R Verma, civil society and health workers for a reception ahead of World Tuberculosis Day on March 24.
He said that with treatment for a year, he became free of the disease.
“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.
“…I said let me go there and say I am a TB survivor and I play with my grandchildren and live a normal life. That it cannot get transferred. There are precautions, of course,” he said.
Aimed at keeping up the recent momentum behind collaborative TB efforts, the Roosevelt House reception at the American Embassy focuses attention on TB survivors.