Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, his son and two other relations have tested positive for the coronavirus in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, a minister said Sunday.
The Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital said that Amitabh Bachchan was in stable condition with mild symptoms in an isolation unit.
Bachchan, 77, said during a tweet Saturday that he had tested positive and appealed to those that were in close proximity to him within the last 10 days to urge tested.
His son, Abhishek Bachchan, 44, tweeted Saturday night that he also had tested positive and was during a hospital.
“Both folks having mild symptoms are admitted to the hospital,” he wrote. “I request all to remain calm and not panic.”
Abhishek Bachchan tweeted Sunday that his wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and their 8-year-old daughter had also tested positive. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan may be a top Bollywood actress.
“They are going to be self quarantining reception ,” he said.
Maharashtra state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter are asymptomatic.
The elder Bachchan has acted in additional than 200 Indian films over the last five decades. he’s also a former politician and a television host.
The Bachchans are often called Bollywood’s first family. His wife, Jaya, is additionally an actress and a one-time member of Parliament.
The Press Trust of India press agency cited Tope as saying that Amitabh Bachchan and his son had a cough and fever. “They underwent rapid antigen test and [results] came positive,” he said.
In 2015, the actor revealed that he had been treated for hepatitis B for quite 20 years and lost quite 75% of his liver to the disease. Since he’s comorbid, he had himself admitted to the hospital, Tope said.
The elder Bachchan’s breakthrough performance came within the 1973 film “Zanjeer,” or “The Chain,” and he rose to superstardom playing bold characters, inspiring fans to repeat his hairstyle, clothes and deep voice.
He briefly entered politics in 1985 but resigned his seat in Parliament midterm when former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s administration became ensnared in corruption.
Bachchan returned to film within the 1990s and made a rare Hollywood appearance in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 version of “The Great Gatsby.”
He embraced social media, engaging with fans using Twitter and Tumblr, and served as host of “Kaun Banega Crorepati,” India’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
Mumbai is among the Indian cities worst hit by the coronavirus. On Sunday, India’s virus caseload approached 850,000, with 28,637 new cases announced, a single-day high for the country.