Indian star Amitabh Bachchan to act in TV series

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan says he’ll make his television acting debut in a new series this year.

Bachchan announced the new and not-yet titled show to reporters in Mumbai on Wednesday. The series, to be aired on the Sony Television channel, will focus on social issues.

The show will be the first fictional TV outing for the Indian superstar, who has already hosted the hugely successful “Kaun Banega Crorepati,” India’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”

“I just felt that this could be yet another step” to connect with audiences “almost immediately,” the 70-year-old told reporters.

The new show will be directed by popular Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.

Bachchan has starred in nearly 200 films in a career that has spanned more than four decades.

His latest movie was a brief role in the Baz Luhrmann-directed “The Great Gatsby.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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