MUMBAI: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, 77, tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday and was admitted to Nanavati hospital in Mumbai, with his actor son Abhishek — who also announced he had the virus — saying both cases were mild.
“I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital,” Amitabh Bachchan told his 43 million Twitter followers. “All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested!”
His son Abhishek added “both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to hospital … I request all to stay calm and not panic.”
Millions of Indians revere Amitabh Bachchan, hanging on his every word, seeking his blessings and congregating outside his Mumbai bungalow every year on Oct 11, his birthday.
Affectionately known as “Big B”, he shot to stardom in the early 1970s in huge hit movies such as Zanjeer and Sholay.
His films still open to packed cinemas across India but his new movie — comedy-drama Gulabo Sitabo — was released online due to coronavirus restrictions closing cinemas.
A day after Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya have also tested positive for coronavirus, confirmed Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Sunday. However, the results of veteran actor Jaya Bachchan has tested negative for the virus.
As per Assistant Municipal Commissioner Vishwas Mote, the rest of the family members – Jaya Bachchan, daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda and her children Agastya and NavyaNaveli – have tested negative for COVID-19.
After megastar Amitabh Bachchan along with some of his family members tested positive for COVID-19, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has sealed all four bungalows of the Bachchan’s family.
Jalsa, Pratiksha, Janak, and Vatsa, all four bungalows have been sealed after sanitization, and 30 staff members working at the premises have been tested for COVID-19. However, their results are awaited, said the BMC.
The BMC officials have put a banner outside ‘Jalsa’ to define it as a containment zone after the ‘Sholay’ actor and son Abhishek Bachchan were tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday evening.