Prithviraj Sukumaran on being stuck in Jordan: ‘We will wait for the appropriate time to come back to India’

The Malayalam actor is at a desert camp in Wadi Rum, along with a 58-member cast and crew team of his film ‘Aadujeevitham’

April 01, 2020 01:33 pm | Updated 01:36 pm IST

Prithviraj Sukumaran

Prithviraj Sukumaran

Malayalam star Prithviraj Sukumaran who is currently stuck in Jordan with a 58-member cast and crew team of his film Aadujeevitham has given an update on their situation.

With a message via brother Indrajith, the actor-director shed light on the issues they are facing, which prompted his film’s director Blessy to request the Film Chamber as well as the Kerala CM to help bring them back to India .

Prithviraj said in his message, “Hello all. Hope everyone is holding up and doing their best to stay safe during these tough times. On 24/03/2020, the shooting of Aadujeevitham in Jordan was temporarily stopped due to the prevailing circumstances. But after an appraisal of our situation, the authorities were convinced that our unit was isolated and operating safely within the confines of the Wadi Rum desert, and hence, we were given a go-ahead for the shoot.”

He added that soon after, the prevailing restrictions in Jordan had to be further strengthened as a precautionary measure and as a result, their shoot permission was revoked on March 27. “Following that, 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,” explained the actor-director.

Prithviraj explained that the Aadujeevitham team had originally planned to stay and shoot in Wadi Rum till the second week of April, with their accommodation, food and supplies taken care of for the immediate future.

“But obviously, what happens beyond that timeline is a matter of concern. 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.”

Prithviraj added that he understood that there are thousands of Indians around the world waiting to get back home, and that he hopes when the appropriate time and opportunity arrives, they will also able to come back to India. “Till then, I hope all of you stay safe and let’s collectively hope and pray that life gets back to normal soon,” he concluded.

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