Akshay Kumar tests positive for Covid-19 and will not participate in the Cannes Film Festival
Actor Akshay Kumar said on Saturday he had tested positive for Covid-19. The actor has revealed he won’t be able to attend the Cannes Film Festival, which begins on May 17. Akshay said he was “really looking forward to supporting our cinema” at the India Pavilion. (Also read | Emotional Akshay Kumar Chokes On Prithviraj Trailer Launch And Wants The Film To Be Released In Schools)
Taking to Twitter, the actor wrote, “I was really looking forward to supporting our cinema at the India Pavilion at #Cannes2022, but unfortunately I tested positive for Covid. I’m going to rest. Full best wishes to you and your entire team, @ianuragthakur. Really gonna miss being here.”
This is the second time in over a year that Akshay Kumar has been diagnosed with coronavirus. In April 2021, he tweeted that he had tested positive for Covid-19. “I want to let everyone know that earlier this morning I tested positive for COVID-19. Following all protocols, I immediately self-isolated. I am in home quarantine and seeking care needed. I would sincerely ask everyone who came in contact with me to get tested and take care of us. Back in action very soon,” he wrote.
Following Akshay’s recovery, his wife Twinkle Khanna updated fans on his condition by sharing a cartoon with her husband. Sharing the art, the actor-turned-writer said on Instagram, “Safe and sound and good to see him again. #allizwell.” Akshay was hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus in April 2021.
Meanwhile, Akshay will be seen next in Prithviraj alongside Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar. Prithviraj is the director of Chandraprakash Dwivedi. The film stars Akshay in the title role of King Prithviraj Chauhan of the Chauhan Dynasty. Sonu Sood and Sanjay Dutt are also part of the film, which hits theaters on June 3. Prithviraj will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
Speaking recently about Hari Har, the first song from the movie Akshay called it “one of the most patriotic songs he’s heard in his entire acting career.” As quoted by ANI news agency, Akshay said, “Hari Har is the soul of the film and salutes the daredevil spirit of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan who sacrificed everything to protect his homeland from the ruthless invader, Mohammad of Ghor. Hari Har is overflowing with the mighty king’s determination to protect India, which is why I connect so deeply to the song.”
He added, “It captures the essence of Samrat Prithviraj’s life and represents the strong value system that made him the fearless king he became. Hari Har is a song I fell in love with from the first musical listening exercise. Even today, I listen to it very often because it’s one of the most patriotic songs I’ve heard in my entire acting career.”