TV actor Sachin Tyagii, who plays the tole of Manish Goenka in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday. Following which, the entire cast and crew were tested for the novel coronavirus. Out of which, around three people were also found to be Covid-19 positive. Meanwhile, some of the crew members are still awaiting their results. Sachin Tyagi's coronavirus diagnosis has led to a halt of the shooting of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. The popular show also stars Mohsin Khan as Kartik and Shivangi Joshi as Naira.
Rajan Shahi, the director of Kut Productions, has released a statement confirming the news. Read the full statement below:
Actors Swati Chitnis, Sachin Tyagi, Samir Onkar, who are an integral part of 'Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai', have tested positive for COVID-19, but the three of them are asymptomatic. Due to safety reasons, they are in home quarantine. BMC had advised them for the same as they were showing no symptoms. Immediately, the entire on-crew team was isolated and tested. Four crew members have now tested positive. The BMC has been informed and the entire set has been sanitised and fumigated. Currently all of them are receiving medical attention in home quarantine.
We are constantly in touch with them as their health is our priority. We stand by our commitment to safety and will continue to ensure that all safety and precautionary measures are adhered to.
On testing positive for Covid-19, Samir Onkar said, "For the first time in my life I feel being positive is not so cool. Luckily I am asymptotic so there are not such reactions. But I have self-isolated myself and also taking care of my diet and also doing some breathing exercise. God is great, everything will be fine".
"I would like to clarify that I have tested positive with covid19. Luckily, I am asymptomatic and doing well, recovering fast. I have been monitoring my health from time to time. Hopefully I will bounce back soon. Rajan Shahi is the best producer I have ever worked with and actors are well taken care of by his team," Swati Chittnis was quoted as saying.
Sachin Tyagi exclaimed, "I have tested COVID positive. We have been shooting so peacefully but this has happened. However, I guess we all have to take this positively. I have isolated myself and I am taking care of my diet. I was first diagnosed with dengue and was asymptotic so could not guess. But thankfully I took the test on time and it came out COVID positive. The production house has been taking utmost care and followed all guidelines on the set. They are constantly in touch."
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai enjoys a massive fan-base. It has been among the most-watched shows on television and is the only Hindi GEC to have completed 3000 episodes The show went on air in 2009 and has been the audience's favourite since then.
Earlier, Parth Samthaan of Ekta Kapoor's show Kasautii Zindagi Kay 2 was found coronavirus positive. As a result, the show's shoot was stalled for some time.
(Inputs by Paras Kothari)