Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek have both tested postive for COVID-19 and has been hospitalised.
The actor, 77, and his son, 44, revealed the news to their fans via Twitter on Saturday, sharing that he was awaiting tests following his 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.
He is married to fellow actress, and current Member of Parliament, Jaya Bachchan (nee Bhaduri), the pair wed in 1973 and they share daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda and son Abhishek Bachchan.
Following the announcement it was also revealed his son Abhishek, who is married to Aishwarya Rai, had tested positive for coronavirus.
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 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)
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.
Huge influence: Amitabh has appeared in 200 films over the course of his career, which has spanned over five decades, and has earned him a number of accolades
Amitabh’s filmography doesn’t stop in 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 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 years before his return to the silver screen in the late 1990s.
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 on the set of Dhoom 2, three years after calling off his engagement with actress Karisma Kapoor, and the pair wed in 2007.