New Delhi (Sputnik): The year 2020 has been called cursed ever since the coronavirus pandemic broke out and brought the world to a standstill. For one of the world’s biggest movie industries – Bollywood – this year has been especially brutal. Bollywood has lost some of its most prized jewels over the last few months.
Late in the evening on Saturday, 77-year-old B-town megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek revealed that they have tested positive for the coronavirus and have been hospitalised in Mumbai city’s Nanavati Hospital.
The Bachchans live in a joint star-studded family with Amitabh’s wife Jaya, daughter-in-law and former Miss World Aishwarya, as well as a granddaughter named Aaradhya in the hub of Bollywood, Mumbai. The test results of other members of the Bachchan family, both Amitabh and Abhishek confirmed on Twitter.
The news has shot netizens into a state of disbelief, gradually turning to shock. Prayers and wishes for the ailing actors have flooded social networking platforms in India.
Over the last two months, Bollywood has lost some of its cinema-defining artists to physical diseases and depression. Indians are now worried about the Bachchan father-son duo.
Senior actors Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan died within days of each other in April-May. Indians called the demise of the actors “personal losses”.
Just when the country thought it was recovering emotionally, Bollywood’s young gun Sushant Singh Rajput, after delivering consecutive blockbusters, ended his own life in Mumbai at the age of 32. The cause of his death is being linked to depression stemming from his work, because he was not a product of nepotism and was reportedly losing opportunities.
Still gripped with fear, Bollywood has also lost singer-composer Wajid Khan, veteran choreographer Saroj Khan, and evergreen comedian Jagdeep in recent days. Only Wajid was COVID-19-positive out of all the B-town celebrities who have died recently in India.
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