Thursday, May 19, 2011

Indian movie star Rajnikanth hospitalized

NEW DELHI – The Indian movie star Rajnikanth has been hospitalized with stomach and respiratory infections but is recovering.

His wife Latha Rajnikanth says the actor has been in the hospital in the southern Indian city of Chennai for a week and was recently moved to the intensive care unit.

She told reporters on Thursday that her husband first complained of dehydration and a stomach infection and later developed a respiratory infection.

A statement from the Sri Ramachandra Medical Center said the star was admitted on May 13 and put in intensive care on Wednesday where he was responding well to treatment.

The 60-year-old has acted in more than 175 films since 1975. He is one of India's biggest movie stars, especially in Tamil and Telugu films in southern India.

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