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Amitabh Bachchan shares his father's poem on Twitter while in hospital with Covid-19

The beloved Bollywood actor is receiving treatment in Mumbai for the coronavirus

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has continued to share nighttime poetic musings on Twitter as he remains in hospital with Covid-19.

In his latest post, the actor shared a work by his father, celebrated Indian poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

Translated from Hindi, the extract reads:

"I stand with those who keep their spine straight at all times.

Those who cannot do away with justice,

Those who can never bow down to torture.

No matter if they are fighting alone,

Or a huge crowd is supporting them,

I am with them.

I stand with those who keep their spine straight at all times.”

This is not the first poem that Bachchan has shared from hospital.

On Monday, July 13, he shared a piece thanking fans for their support. It read:

"Prayers and good wishes, come to me like torrential rain

This bond of love has broken the dam and I am swept away

Drenched in this immense love

The darkness of my solitude has illuminated

I will never be able to express my gratitude

I bow down and thank you."

Bachchan, 77, is currently at the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai, India. His son, Abhishek Bachchan, 44; daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 46; and granddaughter Aaradhya, 8, have all been admitted to the same hospital after being found with Covid-19.

On Sunday, July 18, the actor known as Big B shared a photo of the four family members together to his Twitter. He wrote: "We see your love ... we hear your prayers ... we fold our hands in gratitude and thanks."

The father and son were taken to hospital after testing positive with the coronavirus on Saturday, July 11. They are "stable with mild symptoms", say authorities.

The following day, on Sunday, July 12, Aishwarya and Aaradhya tested positive for Covid-19, but were initially asymptomatic and quarantined at home.

However, on Friday, July 17, the mother and daughter were taken to hospital after complaining of "breathlessness", Times of India has reported.

The actress is one of Bollywood's most popular stars, and in a bid to assure fans, a hospital representative told Press Trust of India that their cases were mild, saying: "They are fine."

The family members are among the most high profile people in India to have tested positive for the coronavirus. As of Saturday, July 18, Mumbai authorities confirmed the city had more than 100,000 cases.

Nationally, the country of 1.3 billion people has confirmed 1,077,781 cases and 26,816 deaths, as of Monday, July 20.

Updated: July 20, 2020 09:46 AM

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