Fact Check: Slew Of Misinformation Surrounding Amitabh Bachchan's Admittance to Nanavati Hospital

Misinformations are being circulated in relation to Amitabh Bachchan's admittance to Nanavati Hospital for treatment of COVID-19. The Logical Indian Fact Check team investigates the claim.

Maharashtra   |   15 July 2020 12:37 PM GMT
Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: Slew Of Misinformation Surrounding Amitabh Bachchans Admittance to Nanavati Hospital

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cVeteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted on July 11 that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He was admitted in the isolation unit at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Mumbai. His son, actor Abhishek Bachchan was admitted the next day.


Amid this, a string of misinformation started doing the rounds.

A two-minute video is being shared with the claim that it shows Amitabh Bachchan thanking the staff of Nanavati Hospital. Social media users further claim that it is a recent video.


Lokmat, a local news portal based in Maharashtra shared the viral video on their YouTube channel.

Hindi news channel, Aaj Tak too shared the 2-minute clip.


The video clip was picked up by other media outlets:


Further, a WhatsApp forward is doing the round which says that 'Bachchan is the Investor and Board member of Radiant Group' which owns Nanavati Hospital'

The message also claims that Bachchan could have easily stayed in 'Home quarantine' due to the facilities available in his home.

Below is the viral WhatsApp Forward:


Claim:

(1) Amitabh Bachchan is on the Board of Director of Radiant Life Care Private Limited

(2) Amitabh Bachchan is asymptomatic

(3) Amitabh Bachchan in a video praised Nanavati hospital

Fact Check:

The claims are false.

Claim 1: Amitabh Bachchan is on the Board of Director of Radiant Life Care Private Limited

Amitabh Bachchan is not on the Board of Director of Radiant Life Care Private Limited.

The official website which clearly mentions the board member of the organization does not have Bachchan's name listed.

Below is a list of the entire leadership team of the company:


Name

Designation

Abhay Soi


Chairman and Managing Director

Dilip Bidani


Group Chief Financial Officer

Pritipal Singh


Director - Infrastructure

Prachi Singh


Company Secretary & Head - Legal & Secretarial

Dr. Sanjay Mehta


Unit Head & Vice President

Sandeep Verma


Head - Finance & Accounts

Amit Kumar


GM – Sales & Marketing

Parul Chhabra


AGM (Head)- Corporate Communications and Marketing

Manpreet Sohal


Director and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Deepak Patkar


Director Medical Services, Head, Department of Imaging

Deepak Samant

Chief Financial Officer

Prashant Pikle

Vice President: Materials & Supply Chain Management


Further, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) website which regulates corporate affairs in India through the Companies Act, 1956, 2013 and other allied Acts, Bills and Rules clearly shows that Bachchan is not a director with the Radiant Life Care Private Limited.

Below is a screenshot from the website:


What is the Director Identification Number (DIN)?

It is a unique Identification Number allotted to an individual who is an existing director of a company or intends to be appointed as the director of a company pursuant to section 266A & 266B of the Companies Act, 1956 (as amended vide Act No 23 of 2006).

Claim 2: Amitabh Bachchan is asymptomatic.

The messages also claim that Amitabh Bachchan is asymptomatic and therefore should have stayed at home.

According to sources, at the Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Bachchan continues to show Mild symptoms and is admitted in the isolation ward.

The 'Revised guidelines for Home Isolation of very mild/pre-symptomatic/asymptomatic COVID-19 case' issued on July 2 by the Health Ministry says that 'Elderly patients aged more than 60 years and those with co-morbid conditions such as Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart disease, Chronic lung/liver/ kidney disease, Cerebro-vascular disease etc shall only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by the treating medical officer.

Sources have said that Bachchan has been hospitalised under medical advice.

Claim 3: Amitabh Bachchan in a video praised Nanavati hospital

The two-minute video clip that has gone viral does not show Bachchan praising Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital staff and it dates back to April and has no connection to his recent hospitalisation there.

In fact, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital clarified on Twitter that on April 2020 Amitabh Bachchan had donated PPE kits when Nanavati Hospital had created a dedicated COVID-19 facility. In light of that Bachchan had sent a message of encouragement to the team at the hospital.

Latest Update

On July 14, hospital sources said that Amitabh Bachchan and his son, actor Abhishek Bachchan, are "responding well" to the treatment.

"Both are stable and are responding well to the treatment. They will have to be in the hospital for at least seven days," the hospital insider told PTI.

Bachchan's daughter-in-law, actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 46, and eight-year-old granddaughter Aaradhya Bachchan had also tested positive for COVID-19. They are "self-quarantining at home".

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Also Read : Fact Check: WhatsApp Forward Says Pondicherry University Student Found A Home Remedy Cure For COVID-19

Claim Review :  (1) Amitabh Bachchan is on the Board of Director of Radiant Life Care Private Limited (2) Bachchan is asymptomatic (3) Bachchan in a video praised Nanavati hospital
Claimed By :  WhatsApp Forwards
Fact Check :  False
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