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Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya have been taken to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier this week.

Aishwarya Rai, a former Miss World and one of Bollywood’s most famous faces, is being treated at Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital, ANI agency reports.

Aishwarya’s husband Abhishek and father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan, both also famous actors, have been in hospital since July 18 with the virus.

On July 12, 77-year-old Amitabh Bachchan – a Bollywood superstar who has achieved global fame during his long and illustrious career so far – tweeted that he had tested positive for the virus.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on her first screen kiss with Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom 2

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan critics claim she is photoshopped in Kalyan jewellers ad

Another series of tweets from Abhishek Bachchan, also a famous actor, confirmed that he, his 46-year-old wife Aishwarya and 8-year-old daughter Aaradhya had also tested positive.

Jaya Bachchan, also a famous actress and Amitabh Bachchan’s wife, tested negative.

Until now Aishwarya Rai and Aaradhya have been isolating at home.

News that the family, often described as Bollywood royalty, had been affected by the coronavirus sent shockwaves across India. This week, thousands of fans have held prayers for the family’s recovery.

On July 17, India recorded a record 35,000 new cases of coronavirus cases in 24 hours, surpassing the one million mark.

India now has the third-highest number of cases in the world, after the US and Brazil. The current death toll is 25,602.

The western state of Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located, is still the biggest hotspot with the highest case count – more than 280,000 – of all the states.


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan proves why she was once called “the most beautiful woman in the world” in new images for a jewellery advertising campaign.

The Bollywood star looks radiant and slim with glowing skin as she poses in traditional Indian wedding dress in one picture and wrapped in gold fabric in another for the pictures for Kalyan jewellers.

The former Miss World, who is married to Abhishek Bachchan, the son of one of India’s best-loved stars, gave birth to her daughter, Aaradhya, in November last year. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was then lambasted for not snapping immediately back into shape.

And now Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has appeared in these pictures looking slim, critics have suggested she only looks so good because she has been photoshopped.

Bollywoodlife.com said: “We can’t figure out if she’s really lost weight or if the pictures are heavily photoshopped. The ad has been shot aesthetically, which gives an impression that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is floating in golden-hued water.”

They added: “The actress was last spotted with baby Aaradhya in June this year, and it’s quite surprising that she has got back to her lean self within a matter of two months, or as we said before – the images might be a result of heavy editing.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks radiant and slim with glowing skin as she poses in traditional Indian wedding dress for Kalyan jewellers

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks radiant and slim with glowing skin as she poses in traditional Indian wedding dress for Kalyan jewellers

But cameraman Kiran Deohans who shot the latest advertising campaign posters defended the star and praised her work ethic and beauty.

Kiran Deohans said: “Coming back post-delivery after months and shooting for this commercial, Aishwarya is still the same. She is a true professional and has the same passion for work.

“As the director of photography, I felt she is the most beautiful woman I ever worked with. She always had that sparkling glow on her face earlier and even after pregnancy.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who found international fame in the Hollywood film Bride and Prejudice has always remained cool-headed about the criticism of her weight and made no secret of the fact she was in no hurry to lose the few extra pounds she gained during her pregnancy.

She has said that she simply wants to “enjoy motherhood”.

The criticism started after a photograph in May captured her with a double chin, prompting cruel comments from those who suggested it was her “duty” to her fans to regain her pre-pregnancy figure.

“She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit,” one said.

Another added: “She needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to size zero weeks after their delivery.”