Bollywood’s Aishwarya Rai and daughter Aaradhya, 8, test positive for coronavirus


Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai has tested positive for coronavirus, a day after her actor husband and his father were admitted to hospital with the virus. 

The former Miss World’s eight-year-old daughter Aaradhya, who she shares with husband Abhishek Bachchan, 44, has also tested positive.

It comes after her father-in-law, Indian acting superstar Amitabh, 77, was struck down with the virus. 

Latest: Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai has tested positive for coronavirus, a day after her actor husband and his father were admitted to hospital with the virus

Abhishek tweeted on Sunday: ‘Aishwarya and Aaradhya have also tested COVID-19 positive. They will be self quarantining at home… The rest of the family including my Mother have tested negative.’

Abhishek said he and his father were positive but both their cases were mild.

He said: ‘My father and I remain in hospital till the doctors decide otherwise. Everyone please remain cautious and safe. Please follow all rules!’ 

High profile: It comes after her father-in-law, Indian acting superstar Amitabh (right), 77, was struck down with the virus

High profile: It comes after her father-in-law, Indian acting superstar Amitabh (right), 77, was struck down with the virus

Virus: Aishwarya's daughter Aaradhya Bachchan has also tested positive for the coronavirus, a Mumbai city official said

Virus: Aishwarya’s daughter Aaradhya Bachchan has also tested positive for the coronavirus, a Mumbai city official said

In the family: Aishwarya becomes the latest member of her family to be struck down, after her husband Abhishek (right) and her father-in-law (right)

In the family: Aishwarya becomes the latest member of her family to be struck down, after her husband Abhishek (right) and her father-in-law (right)

Aishwarya took the Miss World crown in 1994 and made her acting debut in the late 1990s.

She went on to become one of the most famous Bollywood faces abroad as well as in India and has been a regular on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. She married Abhishek Bachchan in 2007.

The elder Bachchan, idolised in India and affectionately known as ‘Big B’, has a more than four-decade-long career in the film industry.

He was voted ‘actor of the millennium’ in a BBC online poll in 1999 and became the first Indian actor to gain a lookalike at London’s Madame Tussauds waxworks museum.

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

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

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

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

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

Bollywood royalty: Amitabh Bachchan (centre right) and his son Abhishek (far left) revealed on Saturday that they have tested positive for coronavirus (pictured in 2014 with wife

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

Abhishek earlier 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)

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

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. 

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)

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)

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.  

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

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

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