After the massive success of Uri: The Surgical Strike, filmmaker Aditya Dhar was supposed to join hands with Vicky Kaushal for magnum opus Ashwatthama. The film was even in pre-production, but unfortunately, it never took off. At the trailer launch of Article 370, Aditya finally revealed the real reason why his film got shelved.
During the press conference, Aditya said, “We have put that on the back burner right now. I’ll be honest, the kind of vision we all had for that, it was too big to work for Indian cinema. The kind of VFX quality we were looking at, nobody has even strived for it here. Until the technology becomes affordable or cinema halls increase, we’ll have to wait.”
The filmmaker also gave an example of James Cameron, who thought of ‘Avatar’ 27 years ago. “He waited for the market to grow. The tech to come to that level where he could actually present it. I’m, of course, not him, but if we have to achieve excellence, there can’t be any mediocrity. I can’t make it for the heck of it. Even if it takes five years of my prime time, the film has to be brilliant,” Aditya Dhar shared. “Once a film is made, then it remains for posterity. It can’t be something mediocre. It can’t have that intent that I just want to make money. It should strive for excellence. I truly believe that as makers we have a huge responsibility of representing our country in the right way,” Aditya added.
On the work front, Vicky will next be seen in the historical drama Chaava alongside Rashmika Mandanna. He will also share screen space with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Love and War. The movie will hit the screens on Christmas 2025.