All cast and crew members of Malayalam film Aadujeevitham, including actor Prithviraj, returned to India on Friday. The film’s team was flown to Kochi via Delhi from Amman by a repatriation flight, which was part of India’s Vande Bharat effort to bring back its citizens stranded abroad.
Prithviraj was shooting at Wadi Rum desert in Jordan for Aadujeevitham, when the world went into lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus. However, given that the crew was at an isolated location, the local government allowed them to continue with their shooting with all the safety precautions in place. Near the end of March, the crew as asked to suspend the shoot until further notice.
“There are thousands of Indians around the world waiting to get back home and we hope when the appropriate time and opportunity arrives, we are 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,” Prithviraj wrote on Facebook earlier.
Last week, Prithviraj announced that despite all the challenges, the crew had managed to complete the shoot in Jordan.
Prithviraj was shooting at Wadi Rum desert in Jordan for Aadujeevitham, when the world went into lockdown. He landed in Kochi and will go into quarantine.
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The 57 cast and crew members who arrived in Kochi on Friday, will go through a series of checks and mandatory quarantine before they get cleared by the Kerala government to get back to their lives.
“After almost 3 months Prithviraj and the crew of Aadujeevitham have reached Kerala. They will all be going to quarantine as per regulation. It’s been a long and arduous wait but we are really thankful to everyone including the authorities who helped facilitate this return. Personally we would like to thank all the fans and well wishers who prayed for us and gave us strength during our time of separation. Ally is thrilled her daada is back and hopes to see him after 2 weeks,” said Prithviraj’s Supriya Menon in a statement that she posted on her Instagram account.
Aadujeevitham is director Blessy’s ambitious project, which also stars Amala Paul. It is based on the award-winning Malayalam novel of the same name written by Benyamin. Oscar-winner AR Rahman is scoring the music for the magnum opus.
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