Amitabh Bachchan Will Not Be Speaking At Sharjah International Book Fair Today
Amitabh Bachchan was forced to pull out from speaking during the launch of his book at the event due to his ill health
Bollywood is home to some of the biggest legends of cinema, one such legend being Amitabh Bachchan. The actor started his career in 1969 with Saat Hindustani and over the span of 5 decades; he's made a huge name for himself. Starring in some of the biggest hits of Bollywood, Amitabh is a force to be reckoned with. The actor had also been invited as a guest to the Sharjah International Book Fair that begins today; however, Amitabh has been forced to pull out of his scheduled attendance for 5pm.
According to The National, Amitabh had to cancel his appearance due to ill health. He was supposed to speak today at the launch of his book, Sounding Off: Amitabh Bachchan. A statement released by the organisers of the book fair read that the actor was “unable to fulfill his scheduled attendance at the book fair on October 30 at 5pm, owing to health issues, which make him unfit to undertake overseas travel”. It added, “Bachchan sent his regards to the millions of fans who were eagerly anticipating hearing from him, in person, at the book fair. He expressed profound dismay for missing this opportunity to meet and address them.”
Amitabh was admitted at a hospital earlier this month, owing to an illness. However, reports stated that he was only there to get a regular checkup. He was supposed to be one of the headline speakers at the Sharjah International Book Fair, but the organisers understand his reasons for cancelling from speaking at the event. The Sharjah International Book Fair is celebrating its 38th year and will welcome dozens of high-profile speakers over the 11-day event which begins today and will do on till November 9. It will also include authors such as Orhan Pamuk and Vikram Seth, as well as US comedian Steve Harvey.