The word spread quickly: Amitabh Bachchan was very ill. At 63, Bollywood's most enduring superstar had been keeping an exhausting schedule. He was the busiest actor in the business, shooting films, endorsements and a successful television show one after another. But on Nov. 28, he checked into the Lilavati Hospital here (Bombay), complaining of abdominal pain. If what followed was not a full-blown national crisis, it was something close: a near-meltdown in what may be the world's most intense celebrity culture. Anupama Chopra reports.
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