Vicky Kaushal‘s ambitious film, The Immortal Ashwatthama, has been put on hold. As per the reports, the film’s shooting has been stopped due to budget constraints. The film was directed by Aditya Dhar and bankrolled by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Films.
Earlier, Vicky had shared a picture on his Instagram where he can be seen preparing for the film with Aditya Dhar. Now, many reports have claimed that The Immortal Ashwatthama has been put on hold as the budget has crossed over Rs 300 crore.
Producer Ronnie Screwvala in a statement said, “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. 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.”
Further, the sources said that the big budget of the film had put too much pressure on the film to perform. “The film’s team started the pre-production work and also discussions with multiple visual effect studios from the West to transport the vision to the spectacle. As time passed by, the makers realized that the budget put 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 when the box office scenario looks better,” the sources said.
The Immortal Ashwatthama would mark the second collaboration between Aditya Dhar Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP, and Vicky Kaushal. The trio had first collaborated for the National Award-winning Uri: The Surgical Strike in 2019.