The 5 Most High-Profile Covid Infected

The   Covid pandemic spared none, not even theBachchans. When it  stuck the First Family of  Bollywoodwe finally knew it was serious, more serious than we  had ever imagined.  Presenting the  most high-profile Bollywood victims of  the  Covid  virus.

1.     The  Bachchan Parivar: On the day before  Abhishek Bachchan  was  diagnosed Positive  he and I were  on the phone  for  more than  an hour chatting about this and that . It was  the way we  always  speak, more off the record than on. The  next day I was shocked  out of my wits when Abhishek’s mother Jaya confirmed that Abhishekwas  Covid Positive. Then  it was his father, then his wife and even his little  daughter  was  not spared. Only Jaya escaped the wrath  of  the  Virus. “How do we explain that?” she  asked after the  monstrous   crisis blew over. Imagine your entire family  in the hospital , as you sit alone in the vast silent house waiting to hear  the  health  bulletins  of  one  family member after another. You can’t visit them. I cannot imagine what Jaya went through.She says, “When something like this hits  you , you just have  to cope with it. There are  no  guidelines on  how to manage a crisis of these proportions.” She is  my choice for a true Covidwarrior.

2.     Kanika Kapoor: She was the first Bollywoodian to  be felled  by the Virus, and the most controversial,as she apparently  broke  many  Covid  guidelines. Apparently she slipped into her hometown  Lucknow after her return from London without getting tested for  the Virus. I don’t know the singer personally. But her friends tell me Ms Kapoor handled the Corona crisis  like  a pro . Edkum mask, I mean, mast.

3.     Varun Dhawan:  Poor Varun! The  letter ‘C’ doesn’t seem to  suit him. Corona and  Coolie No.1  came one after another.Can’t say which  was  more damaging. Varun acquired  the  Corona while shooting in Chandigarh   for  a comedy called JuggJugg Jiyo, which translated as,  may you  live long.  I wish the same for Varun.May he bounce  back in 2021 . A remake  a  Hero No 1, perhaps? Did I just hear someone say, aisa mat corona!Along with Varun , other members  of  the same crew Neetu Kapoor, Manish Paul and director Raj Mehta were also  infected. Miraculously Anil Kapoor who was shooting with them escaped the  virus.

4.     Rakul Preet  Singh: Poor  girl!  First her name  popped  up in the  drug racket. Then Corona Devi decided to  pay Rakul an unexpected  visit.  Not what I’d call an ideal year. Ms Singh can take solace  in  the fact that she  recovered fast. TV actress Divya Bhatnagar never came out of it.

5.     S S Rajamouli: Even the  man behind Baahubali  was  not spared. Yup, Rajamouli  got the  Virus. What did  he do? He quarantined  himself  and wrote  the entire script  of his next film instead of wasting time posting health  bulletins  on  the social  media. That’s what you do when  life serves  up lemons   you make lemonade. Now it’s  Rajamouli’s  leading man RamcharanTeja’s turn to  make  lemonade. Get well soon, Ram.

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