Legendary filmmaker Singeetam Srinivasa Rao took to Facebook to reveal that he tested positive for the novel Coronavirus on September 9. He is a director, producer, screenwriter, composer, singer, lyricist and actor, known for his works in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi films, across multiple genres. Revealing that he is currently in home isolation, Singeetham said that his quarantine period is up to September 22nd.
In the Facebook video shared, Singeetam Srinivasa Rao said, “Despite confined to my living space, I’ve been reading books and working on a few scripts. This global pandemic is a very serious thing and one has to be very careful in dealing with it. Face masks and social distancing norms should be a must. Despite following all the safety precautions, the virus has attacked me in an ingenious way and I still can’t figure out how it happened. The CT scan results showed that the symptoms are very mild and home quarantine would be sufficient. Thereby, I wanted to inform everyone that I am fine and healthy (sic.)”
He jokingly said that when the doctor declared him COVID positive, he replied, “For 65 years, I have been positive in everything and never been negative (sic.)”
Singeetham Srinivasa Rao’s last directorial film was Welcome Obama in 2013. After seven years, the director is contemplating to wield the megaphone again with a biopic on Carnatic singer, social activist and scholar Bangalore Nagarathnamma, which would star Samantha Akkineni as the protagonist, reportedly.