Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, one of the most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema, has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai.
His son actor Abhishek Bachchan, whose original Amazon series “Breath: Shadow in the Heart” also gave a positive test to the Prime Minister on Friday, paid homage to Prime on Friday.
“I tested positive for covid .. transferred to hospital .. hospital authorities are being informed .. family and staff have tested, results are awaited ..” Bachchan tweeted on Saturday evening. “Everyone who has been close to me in the last 10 days is being asked to check them out!”
“Earlier today, both my father and I tested positive for 19 of the QAIDs. Both of us were admitted to the hospital with mild symptoms. We have notified all necessary authorities and our family and staff are all tested. I urge everyone not to panic and stay calm. Thanks, ”Abhishek tweeted.
Other members of Bachchan’s household include his wife, eminent actress Jaya Bachchan and equally famous daughter-in-law, actress Shwarya Rai-Bachchan.
Bachchan’s last film “Gulabo Sitabo” bypassed the movies and bowed directly to Amazon Prime in June, as movies across India are closed due to the Karnavirus epidemic.
The news aroused the immediate support of the Indian film world. “Slumdog Millionaire” Oscar-winning sound engineer Resul Pukuti tweeted: “This is how a responsible citizen behaves … Sir, all our prayers will be healed soon …”
Actors for speedy recovery of Bachchan included Mahesh Babu, Dhanush, Sonam K Ahuja, Mammootty, Sarat Kumar and Bipasha Basu.
Among many others in his five-decade-long career, Bachchan has been one of the biggest figures in the Indian film industry, with influential film titles such as “Sholay”, “Diwar”, “Don” and “Amar Akbar Anthony”. He got a cameo in Buzz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” and hosted several editions of “Kaun Banega Millionaire”, the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”.
India and the United States and Brazil are now the third most coronavirus-affected countries in the world after 650,000 positive cases. So far, 22,687 people have died, according to official figures.