Indian star Amitabh Bachchan to act for TV

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan gestures speaks during a press conference in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Bachchan, host of the popular quiz show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, India’s version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”, is now said to produce a fiction show for the same channel. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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NEW DELHI (AP) — Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan says that he will make his television acting debut this year.

The actor announced the new and yet untitled show to reporters in Mumbai on Wednesday. The series to be aired on Sony Television channel will focus on social issues.

The show will be the first fictional television outing for the Indian superstar, who has already hosted the hugely successful "Kaun Banega Crorepati," India's version of the hit television show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire."

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

Bachchan, 70, has starred in nearly 200 films in a career that has spanned more than four decades.

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