Ranveer Singh during the Gunday shoot in Calcutta in March
Actor Ranveer Singh has been diagnosed with a “severe case” of dengue, which he seems to have contracted while shooting for Gunday in Durgapur and Raniganj this week.
Sources in Yash Raj Films, which is producing the movie, said the Lootera star had been running a temperature on the last three days of the shoot.
Ranveer underwent a blood test for dengue at The Mission Hospital in Durgapur but the result was negative, a hospital official told Metro. He underwent another test in Mumbai on Thursday, which was positive. The actor has been admitted to a hospital in a Mumbai suburb.
The film unit had been shooting in Durgapur-Raniganj since September 11 and wrapped up its schedule on Wednesday.
In Calcutta, where Ranveer had arrived on September 17 on his way to Durgapur, fewer people have contracted dengue this year compared with last year.
The civic authorities have confirmed 62 dengue cases so far this year. Calcutta Municipal Corporation sources said more than 1,800 cases had been detected last year, triggering a crisis of hospital beds. Twenty patients died of the disease.
A statement issued by Yash Raj Films said Ranveer had contracted dengue during the Durgapur shoot of Gunday but chose to continue shooting despite “illness and discomfort” to ensure the producers did not suffer losses.
According to the statement, “hospital sources” expressed surprise that Ranveer had continued to work despite his condition. It is not clear how long the actor will have to be in hospital.
“This year we maintained a strict surveillance in all localities. Larvicides spray and larvae control programme was implemented before the onset of monsoon,” said Atin Ghosh, mayor-in-council health of CMC.
Experts said mosquito eradication programme was carried out more extensively compared with last year.
“Controlling the mosquito population and raising awareness are the only ways to put a curb on dengue,” said a scientist with a state-run virology unit.
Ranveer, who made his debut with the successful Band Baaja Baaraat in 2010, has been illness and injury-prone on set. While shooting for Gunday in Calcutta in March this year he suffered a two-inch gash on the sole of his left foot.He was rushed to hospital and received stitches and hobbled around with his foot in a bandage of the remainder of the schedule here.
Last year, the actor, who will next be seen opposite Deepika Padukone in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela, was laid up for three months after injuring his back while shooting for Lootera in Dalhousie. While shooting the same film in Purulia, Ranveer is said to have hurt his leg while filming a sequence on a motorcycle. Even on the sets of Ram Leela, he injured his hand while performing a stunt.
Last week, some members of the Gunday crew had a narrow escape in Durgapur when the car they were travelling in rammed into a truck. At least one crew member had to be operated on.