Three generations of a high-profile Bollywood family have tested positive for Covid-19, as per officials. Beloved veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abishek Bachchan have tested positive for Covid and have been taken to the hospital.
On Sunday, the results showed the actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a former Miss World. And her daughter Aaradhya, eight, got infected with coronavirus. Her husband Abhishek Bacchan and father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan, both actors are also infected. They were taken to hospital on Saturday with the virus. Both actors have mild symptoms.
Abhishek tweeted on Sunday they would stay in hospital “till doctors decide otherwise”. Aishwarya Bachchan, 46, is one of Bollywood’s most famous faces in India and abroad. Featuring in several Bollywood and Hollywood films. She won the Miss World pageant in 1994. And, she is Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS. She was the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. Aishwarya and her daughter found to be asymptomatic. Her husband Abhishek Bachchan tweeted they would be self-isolating at home.
Outflow of support
On Saturday, Amitabh Bachchan tweeted his millions of followers he tested covid +ve. “I have tested Covid-19 positive, and shifted to the hospital. And, hospital informing authorities, family and staff have undergone tests. Results awaited,” he wrote. Amitabh Bachchan, 77, involved in 200 films over five decades. He and Abhishek, 44, taken to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai on Saturday. Abhishek said, they both were having mild symptoms.
Amitabh Bachchan is currently in the isolation unit of the hospital, ANI reported. He advised anyone who had been close to him in the past 10 days to get tested. Mumbai municipal officials have put up banners outside the actor’s house in the city. Classifying the area as a “containment zone”.
The news has led to an outflowing of support for the family on social media. Everyone is wishing for their good health. “Dear Amitabh Ji, I join the whole Nation and wish you a speedy recovery. After all, you are an idol of millions in this country, an iconic superstar. We all will take good care of you. Best wishes for your quick recovery” said India’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. Bachchan Snr has enjoyed starring roles in hit movies such as Sholay and Zanzeer.
Since rising to fame in the 1970s. He has also won many awards including four National Film Awards and 15 Filmfare Awards. France has also conferred its highest civilian award. The Legion of Honour, for his contribution to cinema.
Apart from acting, Amitabh Bachchan had a brief stint in politics. And, he got elected as a member of India’s parliament in 1984 at the behest of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. But he resigned three years later. As disillusioned by a corruption scandal under Mr Gandhi’s government. Lately, he has been prominent in helping the government.
And, to get its message across in the fight against coronavirus. India saw the highest rise in the number of coronavirus cases by 27,100 on Sunday. With the total climbing to nearly 850,000 – the third highest in the world. Also, there have been complaints about a lack of both testing and frontline medical staff.
Indian megastars don’t come huge than the Bachchans, a family considered acting royalty. At the helm of the dynasty is Amitabh Bachchan, one of the most famous people on this planet. With billions of his fans spanning continents. Over five decades, the 77-year-old actor starred in hundreds of Bollywood films. Fronted prime time television shows and admired.
Even worshipped by all his die-hard followers. The news that he has coronavirus is massive news in India and beyond. The nation stood still in 1982 as Amitabh Bachchan spent months in hospital. After, one of his film stunts went wrong.
He has only mild symptoms. He has 43 million Twitter followers. And, he has been tweeting thanks to his well-wishers from the hospital. His son Abhishek Bachchan, and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who both tested positive. They are big stars in their own right too. As attention focused on this one family. Thousands of other Indians are contracting Covid-19 every day. Our country is seeing a sharp rise in cases. And, now the third-highest number in the world after the US and Brazil.