Due to the coronavirus becoming a global pandemic and resulting in the suspension of international flights, the cast of upcoming action flick Ishrat Made in China is stuck in Thailand. The shooting of the film had begun before the coronavirus spreading around the world.
Talking to Images Shamoon Abbasi said, “Half of the team of Ishrat Made In China directed by Mohib Mirza reached Thailand around the end of February. At the time, the coronavirus issue had not spread as a global pandemic.”
According to Abbasi, “The cast which includes HSY, Mani, Mustafa Choudhry, Ali Kazmi (who flew from Canada) and Sanam Saeed reached the location early. However, Sara Loren, Imam Said and I joined them later around early March.”
He further mentioned, “Once we reached, we realised things were starting to get complicated, first it was just China and the west but eventually, the issue had reached Pakistan.”
“Mani, HSY, Ali Kazmi and Mustafa Chowdhry went back, but the rest of our flights were on the 25 March and by then, airports had been sealed. Now we’re waiting for the 4 April to head back,” he added.
Sanam Saeed also confirmed that the team was safe and sound.
Furthermore, Abbasi also informed that the cast is currently staying four hours away from Bangkok, near a forest that is much cleaner and safer.
Fans have been criticizing the actors and asking them why they left the country in the first place.
Addressing the criticism by fans Abbasi said, “We want to create awareness that when the situation happened, we did not come here to vacation – we were booked for a movie shoot. We had come way before and none of us knew this would happen. Everything escalated in front of our eyes too quickly. But the shoot is over and we’re hoping to get back home safely.”