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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan underwent a successful shoulder surgery on Tuesday at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai.

The 47-year-old actor, who sustained a shoulder injury during the shooting of an action sequence in "Chennai Express", underwent a surgery that lasted almost three hours.

"The surgery continued for almost two to three hours. It went off very well and his family is with him," a source close to the family told IANS.

Writer Mushtaq Sheikh, who is a close friend of the actor, informed Shah Rukh's fans of his successful surgery through microblogging site Twitter.

"Good news for everyone who is asking and sending in prayers and wishes for SRK. His surgery has been successfully completed," he tweeted.

According to reports, Shah Rukh's doctor had advised him to undergo a surgery soon after the he was injured on the sets of "Chennai Express". But the actor stalled the much needed surgery until he wrapped up the shooting of the film.

Shah Rukh was accompanied to the hospital by his wife Gauri, son Aryan, who had flown down from London, and his daughter Suhana.

Now that the actor has undergone a successful surgery, Shah Rukh's fans are desperate to know whether he will be well enough to begin  the promotions of "Chennai Express" which is slated to release on 8 August.

The action comedy film is rumoured to have high voltage action sequences done by Shah Rukh. It was thus expected that he may show off a few stunts during the promotions. But considering his recent surgery, it is doubtful that the actor will do a staged action sequence as he has reportedly been advised to stay away from performing such stunts.

Directed by Rohit Shetty, "Chennai Express" is one of the much-awaited films of 2013. The film is made on a budget of around ₹60 crore and is jointly produced by Gauri Khan, Karim Morani, Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur.

The film is going to be Shah Rukh's first release of the year and is set to take on Akshay Kumar's "Once Upon A Time In Mumbai 2" which is also due to release on 8 August.