Manali 21 Aug, 2019: Top Kerala actress Manju Warrier and a 25-member crew of Malayalam film "Kayattam", who were stuck in high mountains of Himachal Pradesh following heavy rain and landslides, are safe and likely to be evacuated later according to their consent, officials said on Wednesday.
In a signed letter to authorities in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday, the actress and the crew said they were staying at Chhatru, some 100 km away from Manali of their own will. "The administration approached us twice but we preferred to stay here till the road connectivity to Manali is restored," said the letter written by a Manali-based tour operator.
The letter in Hindi, signed by the actress and the entire crew, was handed to Sub-Divisional Magistrate Amar Negi when he met them on Tuesday. Union Minister of State from Kerala V Muraleedharan also confirmed this report and confirmed that the road connectivity between the Lahaul Valley and Manali via Rohtang Pass is now safe.
According to reports, there are 30 people in the crew. The flood is said to have left more than 200 people held up at Chatru, some 100 km from Manali.
The panic spread on Tuesday as Manju contacted her brother Madhu Warrier via satellite phone on Monday night and informed the dangerous situation. Communication with the team had been lost since Monday. Communication links, including internet, were damaged. Even the roads to the place were submerged.
In the upcoming movie of Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan , who is a critically acclaimed director of Chola and S Durga, Manju Warrier plays the lead role. The team which belongs around 30 members including Manju Warrier, who is also the first wife of actor Dileep, began shooting the movie for three weeks in the Himalayas. The letter given to the officials also said that around 11 locals also there with the film production team.