On Saturday, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan tested positive for coronavirus and have been shifted to a hospital.
Abhishek Bachchan said in a tweet that they both have mild symptoms and their family and staff are being tested.
Amitabh Bachchan, 77, lives in Mumbai, which has is the worst-hit city by the deadly respiratory disease in India, having 90,000+ cases, and 5000+ deaths so far, second only to Delhi.
Doctors told NDTV that he is responding well to treatment. “He is asymptomatic and stable,” Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope told NDTV. The legendary actor Big B is at the Respiratory Isolation Unit at the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai.
Affectionately known as “Big B”, His films still open to packed cinemas across India, but his new movie — comedy-drama Gulabo Sitabo — was released on Amazon’s streaming service due to the coronavirus restrictions. Mr. Bachchan shot to stardom in the early 1970s on the back of roles in huge hit movies such as Zanjeer and Sholay.
Bollywood recently resumed film shoots after a months-long hiatus following the imposition of a nationwide lockdown in India in late March, while actors over the age of 65, such as Mr Bachchan, are banned from the set due to their less immunity towards the virus.
“Wishing and praying for @SrBachchan ji’s speedy recovery,” tweeted Samajdwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Crores of people revere Mr Bachchan like royalty, hanging on his every word, seeking his blessings and congregating outside his Mumbai bungalow every year on October 11, his birthday.
“We’re all cheering for you. And you have nothing to worry about. There’s a vaccine you possess—it’s code named the Big V—and it’s inbuilt & organic. Grows inside all those like you who are natural fighters,” industrialist Anand Mahindra wrote.
“Take care Amit ji. Praying for your good health and quick recovery,” wrote cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
In his early acting life, Mr. 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.
The don of Bollywood is a regular user of Twitter, where he has more than 4.3 crore followers, and his career has branched into movies, television presenting, business, and politics, as well as a lot of commercial endorsements.
After some lean years, Mr. Bachchan bounced back impressively, largely due to his stint as host for the popular TV game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati?”, which revived his artistic and financial fortunes.
India’s nationwide coronavirus positive count rose Saturday to 8,20,916 cases — the third highest in the world — with 22,123 deaths.