Vicky Kaushal’s most passionate project, The Immortal Ashwatthama, is reportedly shelved. The film, which was announced on the one year anniversary of Uri: The Surgical Strike last year, has been put on hold indefinitely due to budget issues. Till now, only a couple of concept posters were shared on social media, and Kaushal was still to shoot for the major portion of the film.
It is being said that the cast and crew had kick-started the pre-production work where producer, Ronnie Screwvala, spent over Rs 30 crore on the film. With the film being shelved, the investment has also gone for a toss.
Reports in Bollywood Hungama suggested, “The Immortal Ashwatthama has been in the prep stage for over two years now. The team worked on the entire pre-visualisation, did multiple meetings with the VFX team, got an international action unit on board to train Sara (Ali Khan) and Vicky Kaushal for their action-packed role over the last year. Producer Ronnie Screwvala spent over Rs 30 crore to get everything in place, and now, the entire investment has gone for a toss.”
The source further revealed that the decision to shelve the film because of the creative differences between the producer and the director, Aditya Dhar. “After investing a considerable chunk, Ronnie Screwvala realised that the final budget of the film was going out of control and it would be difficult to recover the money even in the non-Covid times. The film was initially planned to be made in a certain amount of budget, but as the pre-production work kicked off, the budget kept on increasing by the day,” the source added.
Kaushal had trained extensively for months to realistically fit the body type of the lead for The Immortal Ashwatthama. He practised archery and horse riding for the film. The film was scheduled to be shot in Europe and the final schedule was in Mumbai. Now, all we can do is wait for the officials to reveal if the reports are true or not.