Uri: Surgical Strike director Aditya Dhar is grateful that his mahamanu composition ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’ remained ineffective due to the epidemic as several filmmakers had to take back seats and stop shooting. The Mahabharata has its roots in the three-part modern superhero film in which Vicky Kaushal is seen as a mythical character who was given the gift of immortality.
To portray Dronacharya’s son Ashwatthama, the actor has to take training in horse riding and various martial arts forms including Krav Maga and Jujutsu.
Interestingly, while spreading beans around Vicky Kaushal’s preparations for the film, Aditya Dhar said, “Vicky has to weigh more than 100 kilograms”. To portray Dronacharya’s son Ashwatthama, Vicky has to train in various martial arts forms, including horseback riding and Krav Maga and Jujutsu. He spoke further about the locations and said, “We will start our journey in Europe, first in the UK, and then in Iceland. The final schedule will be in Mumbai. The plan could be changed depending on the pandemic situation in these countries.”
The lockdown was effective for the director who made sure that every detail was present during the pre-production. “We have finalized our HODs [head of the department] and started our discussions with the VFX team. Since no one has tried such a thing before, we have no reference point. So, VFX and design teams need to use their imagination and create [the universe] from scratch. Though Dhar has refused to divulge details until the deal is sealed.