Before the coronavirus pandemic, Ronnie Screwvala announced that he would be making a modern-day superhero film, The Immortal Ashwatthama bringing back the URI team of Aditya Dhar and Vicky Kaushal. He pulled out of the project in the pandemic because to financial disputes, and ever since then, Aditya Dhar has been trying to resurrect the movie with a new producer. Finally, he was able to get Jio Studios, who approved the script and set a Rs. 225 crore budget for the movie.
But now, Jio and Aditya Dhar are at loggerheads over casting of the film. “The initial male lead of The Immortal Ashwatthama was Vicky Kaushal. Jio felt that a film of this budget won’t recover with the aforementioned cast. They requested Adi to bring in a fresh set of male and female lead, following which, Aditya Dhar narrated the script to Samantha, who agreed in principle to be a part of the film as female lead,” revealed a source to Bollywood Hungama.
“The heads at Jio didn’t have an issue with the female lead, but the male lead. They felt investing Rs. 225 crores on Vicky Kaushal is a very risky proposition making recovery near impossible. They have been after Aditya to bring in a bigger star for the film or else part ways. Aditya, on the other hand, is sticking to his friend, Vicky Kaushal, who has already done months of hard work for the role of Ashwathhama,” the source further revealed.
The most crucial factor in today’s world, when movies are bombing left, right, and centre, is budget, which must be chosen not only on the quality of the script but also on the appeal of the actors to the audience. Because Jio Studios is investing a significant amount of money in the production, they are looking for actors like Hrithik Roshan or Ranveer Singh.
Within a month, a decision will be made regarding The Immortal Ashwatthama’s potential future.