BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: South superstar Prithviraj Sukumaran, who made his Bollywood debut alongside Rani Mukerji in 2012 film Aiyyaa, went to Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert to shoot for the new Malayalam film Aadujeevitham, directed by Blessy. Now, their 58-member team is stuck there when coronavirus started spreading.
On Wednesday, Prithviraj took to his Twitter to share an update about their condition and how they have a doctor in the team who is carrying out medical check-up of the members every 72 hours. He also wrote that they had got permission from officials in Jordan to continue shooting into the second week of April. At present, curfew has been imposed in Jordan to contain the spread of COVID-19.
— Prithviraj Sukumaran (@PrithviOfficial) April 1, 2020
“Our team has been staying at the desert camp in Wadi Rum. We have now been told that an immediate permission for shoot to resume is unlikely due to the situation and hence, our next best option would be to return to India at the first available opportunity. As we had originally planned to stay and shoot in the Wadi Run till the second week of April, our accommodation, food and supplies are taken care of for the immediate future. But obviously, what happens beyond that timeline is a matter of concern,” read a part of the post.
“We have a doctor in our team who’s carrying out medical check-ups for each member of the crew every 72 hours, and we are also subjected to periodic check-ups by a government-appointed Jordanian doctor. We completely understand that given the circumstances around the world, our team of 58 might not be the biggest concern of authorities back home now, and rightfully so. But we also felt that it was our duty to let all concerned know about the situation and keep them updated. Till then, I hope all of you stay safe and let’s collectively hope and pray that life gets back to normal soon,” Prithviraj wrote.
The Malayalam superstar also wrote that there are thousands of Indians who are waiting to get back to the country and he hopes when the appropriate time arrives, they will come back too. As of now, India is under nationwide lockdown and international flights are banned in the country till April 14.
On March 20, Prithviraj, who made his directorial debut in 2019 with Lucifer (which became the highest-grossing Malayalam film) starring Mohanlal, had posted on Instagram where he mentioned that they were continuing with the shoot in Wadi Rum as all international flights operating in and out of Jordan had been cancelled. He also mentioned that two actors have been put on precautionary quarantine in Amman along with all other passengers who flew in with them in the same flight.
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— Prithviraj Sukumaran (@PrithviOfficial) March 19, 2020