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The shooting of Annaatthe was halted in 2020 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown. It resumed on December 15, 2020 in Hyderabad.
On December 23, 2020, the film’s shooting was suspended after four crew members tested positive for Covid-19 during “routine testing” on the sets. Rajinikanth and other crew members had tested negative. This was the second time that the shooting was halted.
Two days after shoot was halted in Hyderabad, Rajinikanth was hospitalised at Apollo Hospitals in Hyderabad due to “severe fluctuations” of his blood pressure. Though his health was stable, according to hospital authorities, he was admitted to the hospital for further evaluation. Hospital authorities had also confirmed that Rajinikanth tested negative for the virus and added that his blood pressure and heart rate were stable.
Following this, Rajinikanth returned to Chennai from Hyderabad and announced that he was backing out of his earlier decision to launch a political career, citing his health issues. Earlier, while announcing his decision of launching a political party, Rajinikanth had stated that 40% of Annaatthe remained to be shot and that he would complete the shooting before foraying into politics.
After being halted for more than a month, shooting for Annaatthe will resume in Hyderabad in February.
Earlier speaking to Silverscreen India, Siva’s brother and actor Balakumar, who is also starring in Annaatthe, said that he will be joining the film’s shooting in February.