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Amitabh Bachchan to act in mega-budget daily soap.

The Bollywood legend will feature in a mega-budget serial, which will air later this year, according to The Times of India.

The grapevine in the Indian television industry is abuzz that the 70-year-old movie actor par excellence will top-line a daily soap, which will be produced under his banner, Amitabh Bachchan Corporate Limited (ABCL).

According to sources, casting has begun for the show at several studios in Andheri.

Amitabh, who recently wrapped up the sixth season of Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who Wants to Be A Millionaire), a game show he made popular in the subcontinent, also giving him a second leash on his career in showbiz.

The acting icon has apparently been toying with the idea of doing a television serial for a while now.

"Last year, he held meetings with several channel producers, expressing his desire to act in a daily soap. Some of them even made a few presentations. But nothing worked out then," says a source close to the developments.

"But given that this is Bachchan's first-ever daily soap appearance, utmost care is being taken to keep the project under wraps," said the source, adding that an official announcement is likely next week.

Initial reports suggest the project was being mounted on a lavish scale: "The budgets are huge and the serial is going to be another game-changer for Mr Bachchan and the industry," said an insider from the television industry on condition of anonymity.

It is also being said that though Bachchan will be the face of the serial, but may not make an appearance in every episode. "But he will do all that he can to promote the production," added the source.

"While some attributed to his health concerns, truth is, he worked out his schedule for his television debut. After his stints with KBC, he is now in love and comfortable with the medium," said the source about why Bachchan had not signed any major films this year.

Earlier Amitabh, tourism ambassador of Gujarat, had made his debut as the producer of a Gujarati language film, titled 'Saptapadii'. (Read here for more)

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