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Bollywood star Bachchan set for more surgery

Veteran Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan was under observation in a Mumbai hospital Friday awaiting further surgery -- his third in a week -- to treat recurring abdominal pain, reports said.

"He was supposed to undergo another surgery as he had developed pain post the first surgery. However, there is no hassle, he is not critical but under observation," the Press Trust of India said quoted a hospital source as saying.

Bachchan was likely to undergo surgery later Friday, according to the source quoted by PTI who gave no further details.

Hospital spokesmen declined to speak on the matter.

The 69-year-old actor, who underwent two operations on Saturday at the Seven Hills Hospital, tweeted to his fans on Thursday: "Some more tests... more unpronounceable medication and... another visit to the OT... operation theater!

"Going to be a long stay."

Bachchan, who continues to act in several films every year, spent weeks in hospital in 2005, including one in intensive care, after bowel surgery.

The lanky star nearly died following an accident on the set of the 1982 film "Coolie" where he ruptured his spleen during a fight scene and was critically ill for months.

"The Big B", as he is known, is treated like royalty in movie-mad India and is the father of Bollywood star Abhishek, who is married to former Miss World Aishwarya Rai.

Bachchan, a regular on Twitter and an avid blogger, described his overnight medical condition in detail on his blog.

"The additional pain that has developed in the abdomen, apart from the surgical, kept doctors busy and going into a huddle."

"Heavy dosages of even more antibiotics were pumped in, and to facilitate this operation they had to wheel me in to the OT again to put a 'central line', through an incision on the neck."

"You will now feel a wire like object rubbing against the walls, and then we shall be pressing your neck somewhat deeply, if you feel pain tell us. Procedure over, tubes and tapes being attached," Bachchan wrote describing what his doctors said.

Bachchan was admitted last week after complaining of abdominal pain, sparking worries about his health among his adoring fans who held vigils outside his hospital and made offerings at temples and mosques as they prayed for his recovery.

Bachchan was the first Indian actor to feature at London's Madame Tussauds waxworks museum and was voted "actor of the millennium" in a BBC online poll in 1999.

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