Aadujeevitham team to continue shooting despite COVID-19 scare!
Shoot for Prithviraj-Blessy team’s ambitious film ‘Aadujeevitham’ continues to progress in Jordan despite the COVID-19 scare that has stalled film productions across the world. The makers decided to go ahead with the shoot as there are no flights operating in and out of Jordan. They are currently staying at a desert camp and the authorities have given the green signal to continue with the shoot after undergoing medical check ups for each member of the unit. Two actors from Oman are currently in precautionary quarantine in Amman along with all other passengers who flew in with them in the same flight. They are expected to join the team after the 2 week quarantine period.
Prithviraj has shared a detailed note on his Facebook page updating their current status. His post reads,
These are tough times. Times we need to think and act collectively. The difference this time being..acting together means staying away from each other. As the world faces one of the greatest challenges of modern times, social distancing and self hygiene is the only way we can contain this pandemic. Thank you to all who’ve messaged and expressed concern over my safety and the safety of the Aadujeevitham unit. We are currently in Wadi Rum, Jordan and continuing shoot. We have decided so because given the circumstances, that seems to be our best option. There are no international flights operating in and out of Jordan at the moment, and given the fact that all of us are already here, we can either stay put in our camp in the desert which is currently accommodating only our unit, or get out and shoot at our location which is barely a few minutes outside our camp. After consulting with the authorities and undergoing medical check ups for each member of the unit, we have been given a go ahead for the shoot as the location and the process of filming Aadujeevitham is in itself very isolated. Yes, two of our actors have been put on precautionary quarantine in Amman along with all other passengers who flew in with them in the same flight. We hope to have them join us post the 2 week quarantine period. Do stick to all instructions from authorities and even more importantly, please do not panic.
‘Aadujeevitham’ is based on the award winning novel of the same name by Benyamin. The film originally went on floors two years back in March 2018. Due to Prithviraj’s other commitments and the need for him to appear in various looks, shoot happened over multiple schedules. Prithviraj has lost close to 30 kilos to achieve a malnourished look for the film. Apart from Jordan, the team will also be shooting in Algeria, Egypt and a few portions back home in Bangalore. The makers are planning to wrap up the entire shoot by August end.