Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has pulled out of attending the Sharjah Book Fair this year owing to health issues. The actor’s fans in the UAE, who were eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of the star, were left disheartened, a tweet read.

Announcing to a statement from the event’s management, Amitabh Bachchan was "unable to fulfil his scheduled attendance at the book fair on October 30 at 5 p.m., owing to health issues, which make him unfit to undertake overseas travel".

The statement also mentioned the Bollywood veteran's ailing health and his hospitalisation in Mumbai earlier this month, due to a liver problem.

The statement further read: "Bachchan sent his regards to the millions of fans who were eagerly anticipating to hear from him, in person, at the book fair. He expressed profound dismay for missing this opportunity to meet and address them."

The actor is currently spending time with his family. He recently hosted a Diwali bash that was a star studded affair. The actor shared celebration pictures on social media. He also took to his blog to express his gratitude to millions of fans for their love and wishes on the festive occasions of Diwali and Bhai Dooj.