Amitabh Bachchan, one of India̵
“I have tested Covid positively, moved to hospitals, hospitals inform authorities, family and staff underwent tests, results expected,” he wrote.
His son, Abhishek, later tweeted that he had also tested positive.
Bachchan, 77, has been involved in 200 films since becoming a star five decades ago.
He and Abhishek, 44, have been taken to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai, and his son described them both as having mild symptoms. A hospital official told Indian Express that he was in stable condition.
Amitabh urged everyone who has been close to him for the past ten days to be tested.
The news has led to a rash of support for the couple on social media. Among those respected were actress Sonam K Ahuja and former India cricketer Irfan Pathan.
Bachchan Snr has had the lead roles in hit films such as Zanjeer and Sholay. Since he rose to fame in the 1970s, he has won numerous awards including four National Film Awards and 15 Filmfare Awards. France has also awarded its highest civilian award, the Legion of Honor, for its contribution to cinema.
Outside the actor, Bachchan Snr had a brief glimpse into politics and was elected a member of the Indian Parliament in 1984 at the request of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. But he resigned three years later, disillusioned by a corruption scandal under Gandhi’s government.
He was also a businessman and established Amitabh Bachchan Corporation in 1995 for event management and production of films. After the project failed, he went on to host the video game Kaun Banega Crorepati – based on the British gaming program Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? – and has played in more movies since. His latest film was the comedy Gulabo Sitabo, released on Amazon.
In recent months he has been prominent in helping the government get its message across in the fight against coronavirus.
India has seen a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases, with the total climb to almost 821,000 on Saturday – the third highest caseload in the world. There have been complaints about the lack of both testing and medical personnel in the front line.