Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran tested positive for Covid-19, he announced on Tuesday. The actor stated that he was exposed to the virus on the sets of his upcoming Malayalam film Jana Gana Mana.
Jana Gana Mana is being directed by Dijo Joseph Antony. In his statement, the actor said that although all protocols were being followed on the sets, his test result came positive after the last day of the shoot. He mentioned that he was asymptomatic and was in isolation.
“I’ve been shooting for Dijo Jose Anthony’s “Jana Gana Mana” since the 7th of October. We had strict protocols in place with regards to Covid regulations and associated safety measures. As is the norm, all involved in the shoot were tested before the schedule started and after the last day of shoot in the courtroom set we had put up, tests were repeated. Unfortunately, the test results this time came back positive and I have gone into isolation. I’m asymptomatic and am doing fine now. All primary and secondary contacts have been advised to isolate and get tested. Hoping to recover soon and get back to work ASAP. Cheers and thanks for the love and concern,” the actor wrote on social media on Tuesday.
The shooting of Jana Gana Mana, which will see Prithviraj reuniting with his Driving License co-star Suraj Venjaramoodu, was taking place in Ernakulam. Dijo told The Times of India that while Suraj had tested positive, he was yet to take the Covid-19 test.
The director told the daily that Prithviraj took the test since he had completed the shoot. The rest of the crew and the director were yet to take the test as there were a couple of days’ shoot still left, after which they would have got themselves tested.
Earlier in the year, when the lockdown was imposed in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Prithviraj was shooting for Blessy’s Aadujeevitham in Jordan. The team was stranded there for two months before they could return to India without completing their shoot. The actor had taken to Instagram after his return and said he had tested negative for the test.
Aadujeevitham is being produced by KG Abraham under the banner KGA Films.