The Immortal Ashwatthama, announced on the second anniversary of Uri: The Surgical Strike was expected to replicate the success with same trio of actor Vicky Kaushal, director Aditya Dhar and producer Ronnie Screwvala. Sara Ali Khan was roped in to play the leading lady in the film.
It was reported few days back that the film has been shelved for indefinite period. Now, producer Ronnie Screwvala announced on Sunday that he has decided to postpone the ambitious sci-fi film Ashwathama.
His statement read, “In the last draft of the script, the ambition of the movie and the budget did not match and the overall uncertainty fueled by COVID, did not help. So all of us – Aditya (Dhar), Vicky (Kaushal) and I – decided that we need to put this back for another six to nine months.”
Talking further at the budget constraints, he said, “Sara (Ali Khan, the leading lady), also agreed. We will have to work more on the budget and circle back when things look better overall for the magnum opus which Ashwathama is being planned as.”
A source close to the development revealed, “Ashwathama was planned to be a sci-fi film with a superhero spin in the narrative. The makers had planned to bring the epic character of Ashwathama from Mahabharata in a futuristic world.”
The source further added, “The team started the pre-production work and also discussions with multiple visual effect studios from the west to transport the vision to spectacle. As time passed by, the makers realized that the budget puts too much pressure on the film to deliver at the box-office. The estimated budget, even before a single scene was shot, came in the range of Rs 300 crore. Hence, they all mutually decided to rework on the same and take the film on floors when the box office scenario looks better.”
The scripting will be worked on for the next three months, as well as discussions with visual effect teams to work on the budget. The crew will then move on to deciding on the shoot dates with all of the actors once the strategy is in place. Suniel Shetty and Jaideep Ahlawat, in addition to Vicky and Sara, are set to appear in this film.