Superstar Rajinikanth was on Friday admitted to Apollo Hospitals in Hyderabad as he was suffering from severe blood pressure fluctuations, the hospital said in a statement.
He was shooting for a movie in the city for the past 10 days and had isolated himself and is being monitored closely after a few people on the sets tested COVID-19 positive. The actor, however, tested negative.
“Mr Rajinikanth was admitted in the hospital on Friday morning…Though he did not have any symptoms of COVID-19, his BP showed severe fluctuations and needed further evaluation for which he has been admitted to the hospital,” Apollo Hospitals said.
He will be investigated and monitored closely in the hospital till his BP settles down before being discharged, it said. Apart from fluctuating blood pressure and exhaustion, he does not have any other symptoms and is “haemodynamically” stable, the statement said.
Rajinikanth had earlier arrived in Hyderabad for the shoot of his latest flick Annaatthe, which has been halted after four of the film crew tested postive for COVID-19.
Sun Pictures, the production house, said on Wednesday that the top actor and other crew members have tested negative for the virus. The shoot for the movie, directed by Siva and featuring Keerthy Suresh, Nayanthara, Khusbu and Prakash Raj, among others, resumed in December .
In October, Rajnikanth had said that his doctors had advised him to take precautions as his immune system was weak after a renal transplant, which made him more susceptible to coronavirus.
Following a leaked letter, alleged to be written by Rajnikanth, which stated that the actor was unwilling to join politics because of his ill health, Rajnikanth clarified: “The letter is not mine but the information on my health and doctors’ advice is true.”
The actor had announced in November that he would be joining politics. Rajnikanth is supposed to officially announce his party’s launch in January.