Film critic Rajeev Masand is reportedly in a critical condition and has been undergoing treatment at the ICU ward of Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.
An ABP Live report quoted a source close to Masand who said that after his health condition became “critical” he was shifted to the ICU.
Somen Mishra, who works as head of creative development (scripts) at Dharma Productions, and Lada Guruden Singh, director and head of creative development at Sony Pictures India, denied rumours that Masand was put on ventilator support due to his deteriorating health.
Mishra tweeted, “Saw this as it appeared on timeline. Seems word is doing the rounds, too many calls/messages, so just clarifying he is not on ventilator. Critical, yes. Also slightly better today.”
Singh tweeted, “Last thing we need right now is speculation. Think about him and his family before you tweet irresponsibly. Please.”
Actors Suniel Shetty, Bipasha Basu, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Dia Mirza wished him a speedy recovery on Twitter after news about his health broke. Actors Rahul Dev, Nimrat Kaur, Sophie Choudry tweeted prayers for Masand to get better soon.
Praying hard. Get better soon and see this message and know that you are so loved ❤️🤗
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) May 3, 2021
Get well soon @RajeevMasand … praying for your speedy recovery 🙏🏾
— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) May 2, 2021
— Bipasha Basu (@bipsluvurself) May 2, 2021
Wishing you A speedy recovery #RajeevMasand.
Our prayers are with you and your family .
Get well soon .
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) May 3, 2021
Masand started his career as a journalist soon after graduating from Mumbai University. He has been working for more than 20 years. After 25 years as a film critic, he joined Karan Johar’s Dharma Cornerstone Agency as chief operating officer earlier this year.
Meanwhile, India recorded more than 26 lakh new cases and nearly 23,800 deaths in the past seven days. On Monday, the Union Health Ministry said that there was a slight dip in Covid-19 cases, with 3,68,147 new cases and 3,417 deaths in the last 24 hours.