UPDATE: Amitabh Bachchan, one of India’s most famous film stars, has been discharged from the hosptal after testing negative for COVID-19.
The 77-year-old actor spent three weeks in the hospital after a positive test. However, “I have tested COVID negative, have been discharged. I am back home in solitary quarantine.”
Bachchan’s son, Abhishek Bachchan, is still in the hospital after testing positive. His daughter-in-law, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and granddaughter Aradhya have also been released.
EARLIER: Amitabh Bachchan, one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, tested positive today for COVID-19. In a tweet, he confirmed the result and said he has now transferred to a hospital.
Bachchan is one of the most recognizable and decorated film actors in Bollywood. He first gained recognition in the early 1970s, and has since starred in dozens of Bollywood movies. In 2013, he made his Hollywood debut in Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby. It is unclear whether Bachchan was working on any current projects.
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