Alia Bhatt tests positive for coronavirus, shares note with fans
Alia Bhatt is the latest Bollywood star to contract the contagious COVID-19. The 28-year-old took to social media to announce her diagnosis on Thursday. Earlier, she had tested negative when her boyfriend, actor Ranbir Kapoor, and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who was shooting Gangubai Kathiawadi with her, had contracted the disease. The news surfaced days after Kapoor defeated the viral ailment.
The Highway actress shared a note on social media that read, "I have tested positive for COVID-19. I have immediately isolated myself and will be under home quarantine (sic)." She went on to write that she is following all safety protocols as instructed by the doctors. "Grateful for all your love and support. Please stay safe and take care, (sic)" the note read.
Last month, Kapoor's mother, actress Neetu Kapoor, had officially announced the news of his diagnosis. Kapoor had stayed under home quarantine and last week it was known that he has recovered. During the same time, Bhansali had also tested positive, prompting Bhatt to take the COVID-19 test. However, she had tested negative back then. She had even resumed her work commitments.
Bhatt's diagnosis would, quite naturally, impact the ambitious project Gangubai Kathiawadi. The movie, which is slated to hit the theaters on July 30, had suffered earlier when Bhansali tested positive. Besides Gangubai Kathiawadi, Bhatt has also been busy with Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra. The highly-anticipated movie also features Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan. She will also be seen in SS Rajamouli's RRR.
With Maharashtra faring the worst in the second wave of COVID-19, several Bollywood celebrities have fallen prey to the disease. Yesterday, it was reported that veteran music composer Bappi Lahiri has been admitted to ICU after testing positive for COVID-19. The raging health crisis has also forced filmmakers to defer releases. Movies like Chehre and Bunty Aur Babli 2 will not release as planned.