First Look Out: Vicky Kaushal in and as 'The Immortal Ashwatthama'
Vicky Kaushal will be seen in a never seen before avatar.
Actor Vicky Kaushal, on two years of the release of Uri: The Surgical Strike, unveiled the first look of "The Immortal Ashwatthama", his next collaboration with Aditya Dhar and Ronnie Screwvala. The trio took the nation by storm in 2018 winning rave reviews and garnering immense success at the box office for "Uri".
The actor said he is looking forward to start shooting for the project. The film will see Kaushal playing the titular mythological character who was given the boon of immortality.
Directed by Dhar and produced by Screwvala, "Ashwatthama" is described as a "futuristic sci-fi, based on a character from the chapter of Mahabharata". As per the epic, Ashwatthama was the son of guru Dronacharya, who fought for the Kauravas in the battle of Kurukshetra.
Calling it Dhar's "dream project", Kaushal said, "Ashwatthama" required the backing of Screwvala to bring the "spectacle" to the audiences.
Taking to his Twitter and Instagram, the actor wrote: “Overwhelmed and ecstatic! On the 2nd anniversary of ‘URI-The Surgical Strike’, the team gives you a glimpse into the world of #TheImmortalAshwatthama Cannot wait to get onto this journey with the dream team of @AdityaDharFilms @RonnieScrewvala @RSVPMovies @soniakanwar22.”
Overwhelmed and ecstatic !— Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) January 11, 2021
On the 2nd anniversary of 'URI-The Surgical Strike' , the team gives you a glimpse into the world of #TheImmortalAshwatthama
Cannot wait to get onto this journey with the dream team of @AdityaDharFilms @RonnieScrewvala @RSVPMovies @soniakanwar22 pic.twitter.com/tYOVQ4FG1P
"It's going to be a new space for me as an actor, exploring the newest form of technology alongside acting. Can't wait to start the journey soon with this wonderful team," the 32-year-old actor said in a statement cited by PTI.
The first look was revealed to celebrate the second anniversary of the trio's blockbuster, "Uri - The Surgical Strike". The director said the team is working hard to create a never seen before "visual spectacle" and promised the project would not just be a film, "but an experience".
"More than the pressure, I am taking this film as a responsibility of telling this epic story, in the way it is meant to be told, and I hope, audiences shower the same love to 'Ashwatthama', as they did to 'Uri'," Dhar said, PTI reported.
Screwvala said the film, scheduled to go on floors this year, is the most ambitious movie he has ever attempted.
"It's high on story telling, deep in characters and revering in the world and visual effects. Language is not a barrier for this movie. We roll this year. I can't wait to see Aditya's vision translate to this spectacle on screen.
"I have to say this is by far the most ambitious movie I have attempted and we would love to see this one reach out to the widest audiences in India and around the world," the producer added. The film is being planned as a trilogy.
Last October, Dhar revealed that "Ashwatthama" will go on floors in April 2021, with shooting on location in the United Kingdom, Iceland and Mumbai, where the final schedule would be shot. "The plan may change depending on the COVID-19 crisis in these countries," he had said.