Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan discharged after catching coronavirus

The Bollywood star was admitted to the hospital three weeks ago. (AFP)
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Updated 03 August 2020

Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan discharged after catching coronavirus

NEW DELHI: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan said this week he had been discharged from hospital, three weeks after being admitted with “mild” coronavirus symptoms after testing positive for the disease.

The news came as powerful Indian Home Minister Amit Shah revealed he had tested positive for coronavirus, which is infecting tens of thousands of people a day – and killing hundreds – in the world’s second most-populous country.

Bachchan’s actor-son Abishek, who was admitted at the same time, will remain in hospital, while his daughter-in-law, actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai, and granddaughter Aaradhya, were discharged last week.

“I am back home. I will have to be in solitary quarantine in my room,” Bachchan wrote on Instagram, saying he had tested negative.

He thanked his family, fans and “the excellent care and nursing” at the hospital, saying they “made it possible for me to see this day.”

They were the highest-profile family in India to contract the virus in a country that worships movie stars.

More than 1.7 million people have now been infected in India, giving it the world’s highest toll behind the United States and Brazil, and more than 37,000 have died.


US actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II wins his first Emmy award

Updated 21 September 2020

US actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II wins his first Emmy award

DUBAI: US actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II won his first Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, for his role in HBO’s ‘Watchmen,’ this week.

“Oh, man. Thank you so much to the Academy. I’m so excited right now,” the 34-year-old actor, who was born to a Muslim father, said as he accepted his award. 

Set in the alternate history laid out in the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore (but years on from the events of the source material, and with different characters), Damon Lindelof’s show was complex, layered, sometimes confusing, but ultimately rewarding.

Like Lindelof’s first hit, “Lost,” viewers were often required to bend their minds around some pretty major leaps of logic to follow this tale of masked police officers tackling masked vigilantes who are treated as outlaws. Along the way, the provocative show also made some intense observations about race relations.

During his speech, Abdul-Mateen II explained how he sees the film.

“‘Watchmen’ was a story about trauma. It was a story about the lasting scars of white domestic terrorism,” he said. 

“It was a story about police corruption and brutality, but in the midst of all that, it was also a story about a god who came down to Earth to reciprocate, to a Black woman, all the love she deserved. He did all that in the body of a Black man, and I’m so proud that I was able to walk into those shoes. So, I dedicate this award to all of the Black women in my life,” Abdul-Mateen II added.