Amitabh Bachchan and son Abhishek took to Twitter to state that both had tested positive for coronavirus.

Instagram picture of Abhishek and Amitabh BachchanInstagram/bachchan
Coronavirus Coronavirus Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 08:40

The who's who of Indian film industry took to Twitter to wish good health and speedy recovery for megastar Amitabh Bachchan and son Abhishek Bachchan, after the two tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Bachchans, who have been admitted to Nanavati Hospital, shared their health update on Twitter, on Saturday night.

“I have tested COVID positive. Shifted to Hospital. Hospital informing authorities, family and staff undergone tests, results awaited," Amitabh, 77, tweeted. "All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested,” he added.

Abhishek, 44, said both his father and he had had mild symptoms and requested everybody to be calm and not panic.

"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," he tweeted.

Bollywood celebrities and several prominent names across film industries, politicians, cricketers, and journalists, among others took to Twitter and wished the duo good health. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari as well as actors Akshay Kumar, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Taapsee Pannu, Mohanlal, Mamootty, Rana Daggubati, Dhanush, Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, filmmaker Kunal Kohli, were among the many who wished the actor a speedy recovery.

“Dear Amitabh ji, I join the whole Nation in wishing you a quick recovery!  After all, you are the idol of millions in this country, an iconic superstar! We will all take good care of you. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan wrote on Twitter

“My best wishes for a young, brilliant actor with a most charming smile! Take good care of yourself dear @juniorbachchan & of your father Sh @SrBachchan ji too! Am sure both of you will bounce back to perfect health soon. The Bachchans rule our hearts. Our prayers for you!” the Health Minister added as Abhishek announced he too has COVID-19.

“Sir, we wish you a speedy recovery. The power of a billion prayers is with you,” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal wrote.

Amitabh's Pink co-star Taapsee wrote, "And you shall be back to health and happiness soon... champ!"

Madhuri hoped for a quick recover of the veteran star. "Wishing you speedy recovery Amit ji," she wrote. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta said he was "praying" for the megastar's "early recovery."

Priyanka Chopra wrote, “Wishing you both a speedy recovery Amitji and AB... sending you prayers and positive energy.”

Actor Shahid Kapoor posted on the microblogging site, “Wishing you the speediest recovery Amitji and Abhishek. Wishing the entire family the best of health. Much love.”

"Take care sir. Love you. Awaiting your tweet when you say you're fine & going back home," wrote filmmaker Kunal Kohli.

Director Sudhir Mishra tweeted, "What a man ! Look at the matter of fact way he announces . So correct . Nothing will happen to him . He's been through tougher times . Prayers for the speedy recovery of Amitji and Abhishek."

Get well soon sir, said veteran Malayalam actor Mammootty.

“Get well soon sir, my sincere prayers for your speedy recovery,” wrote Dhanush in a reply to Amitabh’s tweet. 

Actor Bipasha Basu said she was praying for speedy recovery. 

South superstar Mahesh Babu and Dulquer Salmaan as well as actors Pankaj Tripathi, Nimrat Kaur and Rajkummar Rao were among those who sent him their wishes.

“Get well soon sir ! Wishing and praying for your speedy recovery!” wrote Dulquer.

Get well soon Amit uncle. All my love and prayers, actor Sonam Kapoor replied to his tweet.

Actor Riteish Deshmukh said he's praying for the family's health.

"Get well soon my brother - @juniorbachchan - praying for the family's well-being and good health- love you man," the actor wrote.

Veteran actor-host Simi Garewal said she is sure the father-son duo will be fine soon.

Dearest Abhishek..so so sorry to hear about this - but I know you both will be fit and fine soon - you have our prayers and love to see you through, she tweeted.

Actor Preity Zinta said, Get well soon Amitji Praying for your speedy recovery. Love you loads @SrBachchan

Actor Vicky Kaushal also wished good health to the duo. “Get well soon AB. Wishing you and @SrBachchan Sir a very speedy recovery,” he wrote.

Cricketers Suresh Raina, Pragyan Ojha, Irrfan Pathan and even Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar took to Twitter to wish the megastar. 

“Get well soon Amit ji. Prayers for a speedy recovery from all your fans across the border,” Shoaib Akhtar wrote. 

Amitabh was last seen in Shoojit Sircar's Gulabo Sitabo, which released on streaming platform Amazon Prime Video last month. Abhishek made his digital debut on Friday with Amazon's Breathe: Into the Shadows. The actor's performance in the series is receiving positive reviews.

With PTI inputs

Show us some love and support our journalism by becoming a TNM Member - Click here.