Bollywood has always been a part of the challenges the nation faced, whether it was the 26/11 terrorists attack in Mumbai or the 26 July, 2005 floods in Mumbai, the Tinseltown stood witness to the state challenges faced by even the common men. The entertainment industry is again sharing the brunt of the Chinese originated Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) after many celebs have fallen prey to it including the legends.
The Bollywood first reported the COVID-19 suspect in the form of famous playback singer, Kanika Kapoor. On April 20, the ‘Babydoll’ singer tested positive for the novel Coronavirus. She returned from London to Mumbai after attending a bash in Lucknow on the way. She tested positive on March 24 and March 28 for the third and fourth time. Stunningly, the singer was tested positive for 5 consecutive times.
Even after which she went careless about her condition and went about with her daily life, she was later booked for negligence by the Uttar Pradesh police. She made allegations of being treated ‘like a criminal’ at the hospital, which to say would have not been wrong considering not only did she put her life on stake but also of people working closely for and with her. The hospital authorities confirmed that she was only being treated like any other patient that tested positive for COVID-19 and also requested the star to not throw ‘tantrums like a star’.
Ever since the start of the nationwide lockdown on March 25, Bollywood has lost quite an amount of talent and doesn’t seem ready to afford to lose anymore. Irfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, the two greatest actors, passed away back to back within the span of 24 hours. Wajid of the famous Sajid-Wajid duo who had tested positive for Coronavirus, lost his life in late May whilst suffering from a kidney infection. He passed away on June 1 due to a cardiac arrest. Soon after, his mother tested positive for COVID-19 as well.
Another great actor, seen in elderly roles in movies, Kiran Kumar, tested positive on May 19. Kumar initially showed no symptoms of the virus at all but when tested positive, he was self quarantined at home. Kumar tested negative on his third test on May 27, a week after testing positive. He offered his appreciation to the staff and thanked the doctors at Mumbai’s Hinduja and Lilavati hospital later.
Shaza Morani, having produced some of the hit films like ’Chennai Express’, ‘Happy New Year’, ‘Diwale’ and others, is quite famous for her achievements. The daughter of Karim Morani, tested positive for COVID-19 on April 6. She had reportedly returned from Australia when the 21-day-nation-wide lockdown was imposed. Not only Shaza but also her twin, Zoa, who had returned from Rajasthan on March 15, also tested positive for the lethal virus. Even Karim Morani himself, tested positive. Thankfully, his wife and their staff tested negative. After testing Negative a month later, Zoa announced that she will be donating her blood plasma for COVID-19 patients.
Purab Kohli, not only a part of Bollywood but also the TV industry, tested positive for the deadly virus on April 9 along with his wife, Lucy Payton, daughter, Inaya and son, Osian. He took to instagram to inform his followers of his condition. He also mentioned his daughter being the first one to show symptoms like cold for two days straight and then his wife faced chest congestion due to cold. He also then got infected as well. While the three of them showed symptoms of cold, his son went through a 104 degree Celsius fever for three nights, a runny nose and a slight cough. On April 11, Kohli announced that his family was well and had recovered from the virus.
The very latest on late July 11, the legendary Indian actor, Amitabh Bachchan, tweeted confirming that he has tested positive for the virus. He also urged the people that had been in close proximity to him in the past 10 days to get tested as well. His family and staff had also been tested and were awaiting results.
T 3590 -I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited ..
All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested !
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 11, 2020
Just after, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh’s son, also tested positive and Aishwarya and Aradhya, daughter in-law and grand-daughter followed. Bachchan took to his Twitter again to express his gratitude towards people sending him and his family their wishes and prayers.
T 3591 – … to them that have expressed their concern, their prayers and their wishes for Abhishek Aishwarya Aaradhya and me .. my unending gratitude and love ..❤️
वो सब जिन्होंने अपनी प्रार्थनाएँ अभिषेक, ऐश्वर्या आराध्या और मुझे , व्यक्त की हैं , मेरा हृदय पूर्वक आभार 🌹
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 12, 2020
Abhishekh Bachchan also tweeted saying that he and his father has tested positive for the virus and that the required authorities had been informed and appropriate measures had been taken. They showed symptoms of mild cold. He also requested the fan followers to not panic and stay safe.
Not only has the virus taken Bollywood actors in its custody but also some of the well known TV actors like Mohenna Kumari and Parth Samthan recently. With shootings for the entertainment being resumed, the daily soaps may be ready with their weekly episodes but they’re not ready for the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is going to have not only on the cast but also on the crew, that roughly consists of more than a hundred people.
TV actress Nia Sharma, posted a picture of her on instagram, returning to sets, with the caption, “Cut to-3 months later…back to set, my vanity! #naagin4 (Jaan hatheli pe lekar)”, clearly indicating that the stars themselves are not either happy or convinced of the situation they’re in.