Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek have COVID-19

Bollywood royalty are hospitalised with coronavirus: King of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan, 77, and his son Abhishek, 44, who is married to Aishwarya Rai, reveal they have contracted Covid-19

  • The actor, 77, and his son, 44, revealed the news to their fans via Twitter on Saturday, sharing that they were awaiting tests following his hospitalisation
  • Abhishek’s wife Aishwarya Rai has tested negative for coronavirus 
  • Amitabh is married to actress, and current Member of Parliament, Jaya Bachchan, the pair wed in 1973 and they share daughter Shweta and their son
  • The actor rose to fame in the 1970s with films like Zanjeer and Sholay, and has been lovingly called ‘Big B’ and the ‘Star of the Millennium’ by fans
  • Widely seen as the King of Indian cinema, Amitabh has appeared in 200 films over the course of his career which has spanned over five decades
  • Abhishek followed in his mother and father’s footsteps, making his debut as an actor in 2000 with war film Refugee

Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek have both tested postive for COVID-19 and have been hospitalised.

The actor, 77, and his son, 44, revealed the news to their fans via Twitter on Saturday, sharing that they were awaiting tests following their hospitalisation.

Amitabh wrote: ‘I have tested Covid positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited..

Announcement: Bollywood royalty Amitabh Bachchan (pictured in 2016) and his son Abhishek revealed on Saturday that they have been hospitalised after testing positive for coronavirus

‘All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested !’

Amitabh’s followers flooded his social media with their well wishes, hoping for a speedy recovery after he announced the diagnosis.

Following the announcement it was also revealed his son Abhishek had tested positive for coronavirus, his wife Aishwarya Rai has tested negative.

Tested positive: The actor, 77, revealed the news to his fans via Twitter on Saturday, sharing that he was awaiting tests following his hospitalisation

Also tested positive: Following the announcement it was also revealed his son Abhishek had tested positive for coronavirus

Bollywood royalty: Amitabh pictured with actress wife Jaya (far right), actor son Abhishek and his film star wife Aishwarya Rai (centre) in 2014

Abhishek wrote on Twitter: ‘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.’ 

Amitabh is married to actress, and current Member of Parliament, Jaya Bachchan (nee Bhaduri), the pair wed in 1973 and they share daughter Shweta and their son. 

He rose to fame in the 1970s with films like Zanjeer and Sholay, and has been lovingly called ‘Big B’ and the ‘Star of the Millennium’ by fans. 

Icon: The Indian star rose to fame in the 1970s with films like Zanjeer and Sholay, and has been lovingly called the ‘Star of the Millennium’ by fans (pictured in 1976 film Kabhi Kabhie)

Huge influence: Widely seen as the King of Indian cinema, Amitabh has appeared in 200 films over the course of his career, which has spanned over five decades

Widely seen as the King of Indian cinema, Amitabh has appeared in 200 films over the course of his career, which has spanned over five decades.

Amitabh’s work has earned him a number of accolades over the years, including four National Film Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Bollywood cinema. 

The Shahenshah star was honoured with a Padma Shri in 1984, a Padma Bhushan in 2001, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015, some of the highest civilian awards to be provided by the Government of India. 

In the family: Abhishek (pictured with his father and wife Aishwarya Rai) followed in his mother and father’s footsteps, making his debut as an actor in 2000 with war film Refugee

Amitabh’s filmography doesn’t stop in Bollywood, as the actor also made his Hollywood debut in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

In 1982 Amitabh suffered a near-fatal injury while filming Coolie, the actor had been doing his own stunts and got a splenic rupture following a jump that went wrong.

He had to have an emergency splenectomy after the injury, and remained in a critical condition for several months before finally making a recovery.

Amitabh went into semi-retirement in 1992, becoming a producer during the five year break before his return to the silver screen in the late 1990s. 

Accolades: Amitabh’s work has earned him a number of accolades over the years, including four National Film Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award (pictured in 2014)

Family: Amitabh is married to actress, and current Member of Parliament, Jaya Bachchan (nee Bhaduri), they wed in 1973 after appearing in Zanjeer (pictured in 2018 with Aishwarya Rai)

The actor rose to prominence once again in the 2000s with several commercially successful films, and he has also appeared on TV and done voice-acting work.

Abhishek followed in his mother and father’s footsteps, making his debut as an actor in 2000 with war film Refugee before going on to star in over a dozen more films.

He met his wife Aishwarya Rai on the set of Dhoom 2, three years after calling off his engagement with actress Karisma Kapoor, and the pair wed in 2007. 

Aishwarya Rai, who shares a daughter with Abhishek, is also a prominent actress in India after she began acting following her win as Miss World 1994.

Romance: Abhishek met his wife Aishwarya (pictured in 2007) on the set of Dhoom 2, three years after calling off his engagement with actress Karisma Kapoor, and the pair wed in 2007

Huge star: Aishwarya, who shares a daughter with Abhishek, is also a prominent actress in India after she began acting following her win as Miss World 1994 (pictured in 2007)

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