Bollywood Star Aishwarya Rai and Daughter Hospitalized for COVID-19: Media

By Reuters
July 18, 2020Entertainment
Bollywood Star Aishwarya Rai and Daughter Hospitalized for COVID-19: Media
Indian Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan (L) poses with his wife, actress and model Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (R), and their daughter Aaradhya (C), as they arrive to attend the wedding reception of Akash Ambani, son of Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, on March 10, 2019. (Sujit Jaiswal / AFP via Getty Images)

Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter were hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment, The Times of India reported on Saturday, days after her husband and father-in-law were admitted.

Rai’s father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan and son Abhishek Bachchan, also major Bollywood celebrities, were admitted to Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital early this week, becoming the highest-profile patients of the pandemic sweeping India.

At the same time, Aishwarya Rai, a former Miss World who regularly appears on “most beautiful” lists, and her 8-year-old daughter, Aaradhya Bachchan, tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but they have since been quarantined at home.

Abhishek Bachchan, wife and daughter
Indian film actor Abhishek Bachchan, his wife Aishwarya Rai, and their daughter Aaradhya at the wedding of Akash Ambani, the son of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, on March 9, 2019. (Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters)

“After Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya have been shifted to Nanavati hospital,” the newspaper said, adding that they were admitted to the top Mumbai private hospital on Friday.

A spokeswoman for Aishwarya Rai did not respond to text messages and calls seeking comment.

Fans across India prayed this week for the celebrity family as the virus continued its rapid spread without any sign of a peak.

Aishwarya Rai, 46, has worked on several Bollywood and Hollywood films. She is a brand ambassador for some multinational companies, including L’Oreal.

India, which has registered over a million coronavirus cases, has the world’s third-highest number of infections, and more than 26,000 people have died of COVID-19. Partial lockdowns have been reimposed in some densely populated areas to control the spread of the virus.

By Sudarshan Varadhan in Chennai

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