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Puneet Issar, the man who almost killed Amitabh Bachchan, talks about Cooolie accident

Puneet Issar
Written by Tasneem Khan

There’s no man so gracious as him in the whole industry, says veteran actor-director Puneet Issar, who has faced flak for the unfortunate accident that took place on sets of Manmohan Desai’s film Coolie in 1983.

In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Issar said: “It was another day on the sets for us. Amit ji and I were doing this fighting scene. We had rehearsed for over six times before the take that injured him. It was sad and unfortunate that a small fight scene landed Bachchan on a hospital bed for weeks.”

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“It was a profile frame, so Amit ji asked me punch him. But the punch pushed him back and hit him in the gut. It was an action on an action-reaction,” he recalls.

Even though Bachchan told him that this isn’t his fault, Issar was deep in guilt for hurting the superstar. “I was just plain guilty for hurting him. He was and is an icon and I being a young lad, was in total awe of him as an actor and a person,” Issar says.

It's not your fault. Don't blame yourself. We are actors and things like these happen, he told me," says Issar.

It’s not your fault. Don’t blame yourself. We are actors and things like these happen, he told me, says Issar.

As per Issar, the media, who outrightly blamed him and even labelled him, didn’t spare the actor. “No one asked for my version,” he says. However, he adds about the graciousness and consideration of the whole Bachchan family, who stood by him.

After the incident when Issar met Bachchan, who was undergoing treatment at Breach Candy hospital, “It’s not your fault. Don’t blame yourself. We are actors and things like these happen, he told me,” says Issar. Then, Bachchan told Issar about the famous incident in which Big B had by mistake injured Vinod Khanna’s chin during a shoot.

Issar revealed that Silsila star narrated this incident to him and told him, “I know exactly how you feel. So, don’t blame yourself for it.”

“It made me teary-eyed He was in a hospital bed, all weak and exhausted with treatment, yet he was so humble to tell me all this to make me feel better,” Issar adds.

 

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