If sources are to be believed, the reason for Amitabh Bachchan missing the National Awards is the after-effect of shooting in the freezing snow of Slovakia for Chehre.

Amitabh Bachchan skips the National Award, health causes serious concern among fans

Is Amitabh Bachchan unwell again? His decision to skip the National awards function at New Delhi on Monday where he was to receive the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award, has again raised concerns regarding his health among his wellwishers and fans.

So, is it just a routine fever or is it something more?

The truth, it seems, lies somewhere in between. While it is true that he’s down with a fever and cold, it is also a fact that doctors have advised the family to not allow him to travel unless necessary.

An angry close family friend said, “Of course Amitji was very keen to be in New Delhi for this very special occasion. But he has caught a chill, thanks to days of shooting in minus-zero temperature in the freezing snow in Slovakia for a film (Chehre). Directors need to understand the fragility of his health and stop putting him through such gruelling climatic conditions. His body can’t take it any longer.”

Surely Mr Bachchan can put an end to such punishing shooting?

Says the friend, “No he would never say no to being professional. The script demanded the shooting of Slovakia. But it was up to the makers to make the changes.”

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