Vicky Kaushal will be reuniting with his "Uri: The Surgical Strike" director Aditya Dhar for his next film, in which he will play Ashwatthama. Aditya confirmed the news to PTI that he is working on the project with Vicky. There were reports doing the rounds that the film is a period drama, but the spokesperson of the director said, "It is not a period film, it's a superhero action film set in modern times."
As per the epic Mahabharata, Ashwatthama is the son of guru Dronacharya, who fought for the Kauravas against the Pandavas in the battle of Kurukshetra. The director is currently researching on the film and it will be shot across India. The makers are targeting a mid-2020 release. Vicky will also be seen in "Takht", Shoojit Sircar's Udham Singh biopic and in a horror film, to be produced by Karan Johar.
Sharing the news about his upcoming film with his fans on Instagram, Vicky Kaushal wrote, “An absolute honour to be roped in to play Shaheed Udham Singh, in his biopic to be directed by @shoojitsircar sir... the man who was sitting right at the top of my wish list of Directors to work with. Can’t wait for this journey to start next month. Produced by Ronnie Lahiri.”
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An absolute honour to be roped in to play Shaheed Udham Singh, in his biopic to be directed by @shoojitsircar sir... the man who was sitting right at the top of my wish list of Directors to work with. Can’t wait for this journey to start next month. Produced by Ronnie Lahiri. ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ 🙏
Actor Irrfan Khan was originally supposed to play Udham Singh. Vicky, a versatile actor, and Sircar, a master storyteller, are joining hands for the very first time for the project, to be produced by Ronnie Lahiri under the banner Rising Sun Films. The actor will bring alive the story of Udham Singh, who assassinated Michael O' Dwyer, the former lieutenant governor of Punjab in pre-Independence India, in revenge for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919.
Sircar said in a statement: "I have been waiting to tell the heroic tale of Shaheed Udham Singh for a very long time. It is a story very close to my heart. For it, I needed an actor who could give his heart and soul to the film, be with me and tell the story together.”
(With IANS and PTI inputs)