ETimes had exclusively reported how Aditya Dhar’s dream project ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’, starring Vicky Kaushal, got a second life with Jio Studios stepping in after the original producer Ronnie Screwwala backed out. We had specifically said, FIRST and EXCLUSIVE, that Jio Studios is pumping money to keep the movie afloat and have not lowered the humongous budget either, but the producer and director have had a clash over the film’s cast. While Aditya continued to want his ‘Uri’ actor Vicky Kaushal to lead the film, Jio Studios was not confident that the venture would then be able to rake in sufficient profits over the huge budget that needed to be invested.
The latest is that Vicky will be opting out of the film or already has. Jio Studios is looking for a replacement, fast and furious.
And what about Aditya? Is he happy? Well, sources say that he has no choice but to hold on to Jio Studios if he wants his dream of making ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’ to be realised. A source says, “It’s a very good story and with Jio’s backing, things should fall in perfect place.”
Samantha is the leading lady and Jio Studios is fine about her. She is safe, so far.
Let’s see what happens next. Who will replace Vicky Kaushal? Any guesses?