The unfortunate tragedy that happened on the sets of 1983 film Coolie, featuring Amitabh Bachchan, is still afresh in our hearts. Veteran actor Puneet Issar, who was seen as the antagonist in the film, ended up accidentally injuring Big B. The injury was so severe that Amitabh had to be hospitalised for months. Recently, Puneet recalled this nightmare and revealed how as a consequence, he had lost 7-8 films. In a conversation with IANS, Puneet also stated that Amitabh Bachchan greeted him with utmost grace post the incident, to show the world that they share no bad blood.
It so happened that while shooting for an action sequence in Coolie, Puneet was asked to aim a fake hit at Amitabh Bachchan so that he falls on a nearby iron table. However, the shot, unfortunately, got mistimed and one of the edges of the table hit Big B's lower abdomen, resulting in a life-threatening injury. It took months for him to recover. Puneet said, "My encounter with Mr Amitabh Bachchan was rather unfortunate. I remember while shooting for 'Coolie', we had to perform this particular action sequence. The timing during the final take did not match and I accidentally injured Mr. Bachchan."
Recounting what happened after the incident, Puneet added, "He was so kind. He knew I was worried and he greeted me with so much warmth when I went to see him at the hospital. He said that he knew what I was going through because a similar accident happened between Vinod Khanna and Mr. Bachchan, where he accidentally injured Vinod Ji, which cost him eight stitches on the forehead. But the great man that he is, he put his arm around my shoulder and walked me till the gate to show everyone that there was no bad blood between us. My wife even donated blood to him."
Spilling the beans on how this tragedy affected his career, Puneet said, "I lost about seven to eight films after this incident until (the TV show) 'Mahabharat' came my way. Initially, I was called in for the role of Bhim but I was keen to portray Duryodhan. I recited Duryodhan's dialogue and bagged the role. The rest is history."
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