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

July 18, 2020Updated: July 18, 2020

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, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Bollywood couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrive to attend the national film awards presentation ceremony in New Delhi, India, on May 3, 2016. (Saurabh Das/AP Photo)

“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