Vicky Kaushal, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment were spotted in Mumbai last week, sparking speculation about a prospective cooperation between the three. In fact, the Masaan actor was said to have been seen outside Mehra’s office earlier. The latest information now states that Vicky, Rakeysh, and Ritesh are collaborating on a film based on Mahabharat’s Karna.
“The project is extremely close to Rakeysh’s heart and has been wanting to make a film on it for many years now. Vicky will play the titular role in this mythological-drama, which will be narrated from the perspective of Karna. Excel Entertainment will be producing the film and the trio are extremely excited to collaborate on this one. The movie is expected to roll by the end of this year, and Vicky will start with his prep closer to the shooting date,” informs a source close to the development to Pinkvilla.
Shahid Kapoor was previously in talks with Mehra to promote the movie, which was backed by Ronnie Screwvala. Things appear to have altered now, though. Vicky had previously committed to play Ashwatthama in Aditya Dhar’s The Immortal Ashwatthama, a Mahabharat character. The film had been put on hold for a while, but it is now back on track.
Vicky is also working on Meghna Gulzar’s Sam Bahadur, Shashank Khaitan’s Mr Lele, and Laxman Utekar’s next project with Sara Ali Khan. He’s also in talks to play a key role in Rajkumar Hirani’s upcoming film, which will star Shah Rukh Khan.