This video shows Amitabh Bachchan praising healthcare workers two months before he tested positive for COVID-19
A video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times in multiple Facebook, YouTube and Twitter posts alongside a claim it shows Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan expressing gratitude to healthcare workers at a Mumbai hospital in July 2020 after he was hospitalised for COVID-19. The claim is misleading; Bachchan recorded the video in April 2020, more than two months before he tested positive for COVID-19.
The video was shared on Facebook here on July 12, 2020. It has been viewed more than 727,000 times.
The post’s caption reads: “Amitabh Bachchan Tested Positive for Covid-19. He Shared this video from the Hospital !!"
The video also features superimposed text that reads: “Amitabh Bachchan Shared Video From Nanavati Hospital!”
The claim, however, is misleading.
A keyword search found Nanavati Hospital issued a statement on July 12, 2020, clarifying that Bachchan’s video was “created in April 2020 to motivate the frontline nurses, doctors and staff working in COVID wards.”
“@SrBachchan inspiring message to all the doctors and nurses who are working tirelessly and fearlessly to save lives,” reads the tweet.