Legendary Bollywood actor Prem Chopra and his wife Uma were hospitalized on Monday after testing positive for Covid-19. The couple has been admitted to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, with Dr. Jalil Parkar informing the media that they will likely be discharged in a few days. He said, "They both have received the monoclonal antibody cocktail and are recuperating well. Hopefully (he) will be discharged in a day or two. At the age of 86 years (he) is responding quite well."
A stalwart in Bollywood, Prem began acting in the early 1960s and garnered a huge fan following for playing the villain in many blockbusters, while also taking up character-oriented roles during the later stages of his career. Some of his most notable film roles include Shaheed (1965), Upkaar (1967), Purab Aur Pashchim, Do Raaste (1969), Kati Patang (1970), Do Anjaane (1976), Jaadu Tona (1977), Kala Sona, Dostana (1980), Kranti (1981), Jaanwar(1982) and Phool Bane Angaarey (1991). He has starred with some of the biggest names in Indian cinema, including making 19 appearances alongside India's first superstar Rajesh Khanna. Prem was last seen in the Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherjee-starrer Bunty Aur Babli 2, which released in theatres on November 19, 2021. The iconic actor's wife Uma is a fashion designer and the two tied the knot in 1969. She is the younger sister of late actor Raj Kapoor's wife, late Krishna Kapoor.
Bollywood has been gripped by Covid-19 over the past few days as several notable celebrities have tested positive for the virus. Some big names who tested positive recently include John Abraham and his wife Priya Runchal, producers Ekta Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor and her director-husband Karan Boolani, actresses Mrunal Thakur and Nora Fatehi. Actress Alaya F on Monday revealed that she also tested positive for Covid-19, while adding that she has now made a recovery, with her latest test results showing it to be negative.