Leading Malayalam actor Prithviraj, award-winning director Blessy and 56 others are stuck in Jordan after shooting of a movie was stopped there following restrictions in the wake of coronavirus crisis.
They have sought help to return home.
Blessy sent an e-mail to the Kerala Film Chamber, urging the organisation to take up the case with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Chamber official Anil Thomas said the e-mail has been forwarded to various lawmakers, including Malayalam actor-turned Rajya Sabha member Suresh Gopi.
Prithviraj’s mother Malika Sukumaran, a former actress, said she spoke to her son on Monday.
“He said the shooting has been stopped following strict restrictions imposed on account of Covid-19 in Jordan. The shooting was being held in a desert. Things are fine with them, except that the shooting is not happening. They were supposed to wind up the Jordan part of the shoot next week and were scheduled to fly out to Algeria as per their original schedule,” said the actor’s mother.
Billed as one of the costliest Malayalam films, Aadujeevitham is based on the award-winning eponymous Malayalam novel by Benyamin.
It tells the tale of the life of a man ending up in shambles after reaching the Middle East and finds himself tending goats in extreme desert temperatures.
Blessy’s past films including his debut film in 2004 Kaazcha, Thanmathra (2005) and Pranayam (2011) among others, all of which occupy a place of pride in the Malayalam film industry.
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