Big B had wrapped up his portions and was all set to fly out after an extra day’s work when a shooting pain in his lower back kept growing exponentially. Bachchan had inflicted the agonising rib injury while filming for the action scenes in Malta for Thugs of Hindostan.
He cracked his upper left rib but continued to work despite excruciating pain. He continued to shoot, dealing with this pain because the film’s shoot was working to a tight schedule.
On the last day, writer and director of Thugs of Hindostan Vijay Krishna Acharya wanted to stop shooting due to the awful pain Big B was facing. But instead, Bachchan chose to complete the shoot.
"To me, having Mr Bachchan on set, for 'Thugs of Hindostan' was an extra ordinary experience in itself. I have grown up idolising him and am an absolute fan of his 70s films like 'Deewar'. That he would have to deal with pain had me worried. I had offered to reschedule the last day’s shoot but he insisted on completing these portions and actually did a fine job! The kind of professional focus, commitment and sheer love for cinema he has is quite unmatched. I am overwhelmed, as is the unit that also worked at 100 percent to make this day’s work easier."
It was only on his return to Mumbai that an MRI was done on doctor’s orders, and the source of this terrible pain was found. Despite a cracked rib, Amitabh Bachchan continued to focus on the film’s shoot and push himself.
Thugs of Hindostan has been partially shot on two massive ships put up on the coast of Malta. This mega flick co-stars Aamir Khan with Amitabh Bachchan for the first time ever and also features Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh.