LATEST: Indian movie star Amitabh Bachchan has left hospital in Mumbai, after successfully undergoing abdominal surgery.

The 63-year-old actor was operated on three weeks ago after being admitted to the Lilavati hospital with diverticular disease, an inflammation of the colon.

He was captured by news crews leaving the hospital yesterday (16DEC05) looking gaunt, but grinning and waving at fans. Cameras followed him to his home, where fans were also gathered.

Doctors have instructed Bachchan - India's biggest television star - to rest for a month.