After this year’s hit of Uri: The Surgical Strike, Vicky Kaushal
, director Aditya Dhar, and producer Ronnie Screwvala will reunite for The Immortal Ashwatthama.
Since the release of Uri, the director has spent five months in the US working on the script and meeting with VFX studios. He said, “Soft prep began two months ago while formal prep will start in a fortnight. We will shoot the entire film in a start-to-finish schedule and have shortlisted Greenland, Tokyo, New Zealand, and Namibia as locations. I will be collaborating with teams from all over the world on the action. The entire post-production, including the VFX, will be done in the US.”
He narrated the story to Vicky and Ronnie a day before the release of Uri, got their approval and started developing the script five days later. About Ashwatthama, Aditya said, “Ashwatthama is one of the most powerful and mysterious characters from the 'Mahabharata'. Being Drona’s son, he is a brilliant warrior but also arrogant and egoistic because he is immortal. In comparison to other warriors like Arjuna and Karna, not much had written about him in various versions of the Mahabharata. He is not perfect but then none of us are, which is what I love the most about him.”
The director has also received the prestigious honor as a director for Uri. “It was my very first award in this industry and the fact that it’s a National Award makes it all the more special. Twenty years from now, I will look at the National Award Certificate hanging on my living room wall and it will still bring a huge smile on my face,” he concluded.