Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her eight-year-old daughter have tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19), a day after the actress’ father-in-law, acting legend Amitabh Bachchan, and her husband Abhishek were hospitalised for the same ailment.
Maharastra state’s Mumbai civic official Suresh Kakani on Sunday said Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya Bachchan tested positive for COVID-19 and would likely remain at home as they were asymptomatic.
The Bachchans are often called Bollywood’s first family. Amitabh Bachchan’s wife, Jaya, is also an actress and a one-time member of Parliament. Jaya has tested negative, Kakani said.
Aishwarya, a former Miss World who often features on “most beautiful” lists, has worked in several Bollywood and Hollywood films. She is a brand ambassador for dozens of multinational companies.
Meanwhile, the Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital in Mumbai said Amitabh Bachchan, 77, was in stable condition with mild symptoms in an isolation unit.
His son, Abhishek Bachchan, 44, had tweeted Saturday night that he also tested positive and was in the hospital.
Their bungalow in Mumbai has been marked a containment zone, with no one allowed to enter or exit. “Only essential supplies will be allowed,” Kakani said.
A total of 16 family members and staff had been tested, and more results were expected on Monday.
“I have tested COVID positive … shifted to Hospital … hospital informing authorities … family and staff undergone tests, results awaited,” Amitabh Bachchan said in a tweet on Saturday.
A Bollywood legend, Amitabh has been leading the way in the country’s fight against the coronavirus, appearing in public service advertisements.