Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and son Abhishek both tested positive for COVID-19 and were hospitalized.
The 77-year-old actor and his 44-year-old son shared the news with their fans via Twitter on Saturday, sharing that he was awaiting tests after his hospitalization.
Amitabh wrote: “I tested CoviD positive .. transferred to hospital .. authorities informing hospital .. family and staff have been tested, expected results ..
Announcement: Bollywood royalty Amitabh Bachchan (photo in 2016) and his son Abhishek revealed on Saturday that they had been hospitalized after being tested positive for the coronavirus
“Everyone who has been near me in the past 10 days is asked to be tested!”
Supporters of Amitabh have inundated its social networks with their best wishes, hoping for a rapid recovery after the announcement of the diagnosis.
He is married to another actress and current MP, Jaya Bachchan (née Bhaduri), the couple married in 1973 and they share the daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda and the son Abhishek Bachchan.
Following the announcement, it was also revealed that her son Abhishek, married to Aishwarya Rai, had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Tested positive: the actor, 77, revealed the news to his fans via Twitter on Saturday, sharing that he was awaiting tests after his hospitalization
Icon: the Indian star became famous in the 1970s with films like Zanjeer and Sholay, and was affectionately nicknamed “the star of the millennium” by fans (photo from the film Kabhi Kabhie in 1976)
Also tested positive: Following the announcement, it was also revealed that her son Abhishek, who is married to Aishwarya Rai, had tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Indian star became famous in the 1970s with films like Zanjeer and Sholay, and was affectionately nicknamed “Big B” and “Star of the Millennium” by fans.
Widely regarded as the king of Indian cinema, Amitabh appeared in 200 films during his career, which spanned more than five decades.
Amitabh’s work has won him several distinctions over the years, including four National Film Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Bollywood cinema.
Huge influence: Amitabh has appeared in 200 films over the course of his career, which has spanned more than five decades, and has won him numerous awards.
The Shahenshah star received a Padma Shri in 1984, a Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015, some of the highest civilian awards given by the Indian government.
Amitabh’s filmography doesn’t stop at Bollywood, as the actor has also appeared in a number of Hollywood films, including Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.
In 1982, Amitabh suffered a near-fatal injury while filming Coolie, the actor had his own stunts and had a splenic rupture following a jump that went wrong.
He had to undergo an emergency splenectomy after the injury and remained in critical condition for several months before finally recovering.
Amitabh entered semi-retirement in 1992, becoming a producer during the five years preceding his return to the cinema in the late 1990s.
The actor gained prominence again in the 2000s with several commercially successful films, and he also appeared on television and did voice acting work.