Smita had premonition about my `Coolie` accident: Amitabh

Mumbai: Almost three decades after his near fatal injury during the filming of a fight scene for the film "Coolie", Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan Wednesday revealed that actress Smita Patil had a premonition about the accident a day before it took place.

"Smita was a unique lady and she had a premonition about my accident," Amitabh told reporters here.

"I was shooting for ‘Coolie` in Bangalore in 1982. One night at about 1 a.m. I got a call from Smita. She said, ‘I`m sorry to disturb you Amit-ji, but are you okay?`. I said yes I`m fine. Then she said, ‘I had a really bad dream and I just wanted to find out if you were okay`. Next morning, I had that accident on the sets of ‘Coolie`. It was just unbelievable," Amitabh said.

"Then, throughout my two-three months in the hospital, she was a regular visitor and even when I came back home, she used to come every evening to enquire if I was doing well. I can never forget that," he added.

The 68-year-old walked down memory lane and remembered the incident while talking about Smita`s son Prateik, who will be working with the actor in Prakash Jha`s forthcoming film "Aarakshan".

Amitabh said that working with Prateik will be an emotional experience for him.

"This film is going to be my first association with Prateik. Whenever I see him, I think about his mother. The resemblance, the attitude, is very much like her. I`m afraid that it`s going to be a little emotional for me working with him because Smita was a very dear friend," he said.

The film, slated to go on floor Jan 15, also stars Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Manoj Bajpayee. It is based on caste-based reservations in government jobs and educational institutions. It will be shot in Bhopal and the makers are looking for an Aug 12, 2011 release.