Bollywood veteran megastar Amitabh Bachchan, 77, had tested positive for Covid-19 and been admitted to hospital in his hometown of Mumbai, he said on Saturday, calling for those close to him to get tested.
"I have tested Covid positive... shifted to hospital," Bachchan wrote in a tweet, saying his family and staff had already been tested and were awaiting their results.
T 3590 -I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited ..— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 11, 2020
All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested !
"All that has been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested!" he added.
Minutes after his tweet, Abhishek Bachchan, son of legendary Bollywood actor announced that he has also tested positive for coronavirus along with his father.
Earlier today both my father and I tested positive for COVID 19. Both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to hospital. We have informed all the required authorities and our family and staff are all being tested. I request all to stay calm and not panic. Thank you. 🙏🏽— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) July 11, 2020
Former Pakistani cricketer and renowned fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar also tweeted to in response to Amitabh's post, hoping for his speedy recovery. "Get well soon Amit Ji. Prayers for a speedy recovery," the former bowler tweeted.
Shahid Afridi, too, shared best wishes. "Best wishes for Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan. Hope you recover well and soon."
Other than Abhishek and Amitabh, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and eight-year-old Aaradhya were tested positive as well. The mother-daughter duo have been self-quarantining at home. The Bollywood actors were admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment hub.
The doyen of Bollywood is a keen user of Twitter, where he has 43 million followers, and his career has branched into television presenting, business and politics, as well as countless commercial endorsements.
Early in his acting life, Bachchan earned his reputation as India's "angry young man" for portraying violent heroes fighting an unjust system and injecting a new aggressive element into Bollywood movies, which had previously consisted of polite romances.
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