The ghoulish pleasure that the yellow sections of entertainment journalism get in spotting a celebrity at a hospital is a theme worthy of deep psycho-analysis. The number of times Amitabh Bachchan has been put into hospital, rightly or wrongly, can fill up an entire ledger book of visitors. But this time the certainty with which the scandal-mongers are probing into Mr Bachchan’s medical history to conclude that he is in hospital for a liver condition, is symptomatic of an illness that plagues entertainment journalism today.
For those who are anxious about the mega-star’s health, a family member that he is well. “He’s fine. He is just in(the hospital)for routine checkups, so no need for any alarm,” says the family member adding that he will be home very shortly.
While the mega-star’s legions of fans may sigh in relief a question that the media needs to ask is, are sensational headlines more important than the truth about the health of India’s most beloved actor? Earlier too, when Amitabh Bachchan was genuinely unwell, there were reports of how hordes of media-persons were parked outside the hospital in Bandra, Mumbai asking the most intrusive questions to visitors.
The megastar’s health concerns have always fascinated the media. One of the most famous episodes in his life was during the shoot of Coolie, back in the 80s, when he was almost fatally injured during a fight sequence. The entire country had gathered to pray for his health.