The year 2019, saw a new young director, coming out and making a mark in Bollywood. That man was, Aditya Dhar, whose film, Uri: The Surgical Strike became a sensation in the country. Starring Vicky Kaushal, in the lead, it was a mammoth success at the box office. It was hard to comprehend, that it was Dhar’s debut film.
Next year, will be the year when he starts his second film. Titled as ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’, the film will star, Vicky Kaushal. It will go on floors in April, next year, as per Dhar.
There is an interesting arch to Aditya’s second film. Though set in modern times, the film is having its roots in the Indian epic, The Mahabharata. Vicky Kaushal will play the role of a mythological character, given the curse of immortality.
If you remember, Ashwatthama was the son of Guru Dronacharya, who fought for the Kauravas in the battle of Kurukshetra. He was given a curse of immortality by Lord Krishna.
The film is going to be a superhero action film, and Aditya is planning to make the film, a trilogy. Work on the film already started during the lockdown, as per him. Shooting for the film will take place in Europe. Talking about the film, in an interview Aditya said :
“We will begin shooting in Europe, primarily the UK, and then head to Iceland. The final schedule will be in Mumbai. The plan may change depending on the COVID-19 crisis in these countries.”
Since the role is going to be demanding, Vicky Kaushal will have to bulk up for it and will undergo training in horse riding, and various martial art forms.
While keeping the film on track, the director, Aditya Dhar has already talked with the VFX team. Speaking on this he said:
”Since nobody has attempted such a subject before, we don’t have a reference point. So, the VFX and design teams have to use their imagination and create (the universe) from scratch.”
Backing the film as the producer is, Ronnie Screwvala, who also backed, Dhar’s debut film, Uri.
It is good to see, Indian directors coming up with new content ideas. We hope Aditya Dhar’s next film, lives up to its hype. Meanwhile, tell us what do you think about this development below.