Actor Vicky Kaushal might just be seen playing the mythological character Ashwatthama on-screen. As per a report published in a daily, the writer-director of Uri: The Surgical Strike, Aditya Dhar, is busy developing the story which is based on the popular character from Mahabharata. The report in Mumbai Mirror suggests that both Vicky and producer Ronnie Screwvala ‘jumped on the board’ when Aditya told them about the idea. The shoot of the film is scheduled to begin later this year and the makers are eyeing to release this yet-to-be-titled film in mid-2020.

The report also reveals that the project is going to be mounted on a larger scale than that of Uri and will emerge as ‘bigger and more interesting.’ A source close to the development told the daily, “Aditya has been working on this script since a long time, even before Uri releases, and when he sounded out Ronnie and Vicky, they immediately jumped on board. The film will be mounted on a big scale and will be shot later this year.”

While neither Vicky nor Aditya has announced the film yet, a report by the same daily earlier quoted the director revealing that his next film is something he has written over the last seven years. Aditya said that along with the script of this ambitious project, he was also making Raat Baaki with Karina Kaif and Fawad Khan. However, things spilled over after Pakistani artists got banned from working in India following the Uri attacks. He was quoted by the daily saying, “Everybody was sad when things didn’t materialise but I don’t rule out the possibility of another film either.”

Aswatthama, as mentioned in the texts, is the son of Dronacharya and Kripi. Drona was blessed with Ashwatthama after years of penance to please Hindu God Lord Shiva. He asked for a child as courageous as Lord Shiva himself in lieu of his years of prayers. Ashwatthama is believed to have carried a gem in the forehead that gave him power over all living beings lower than humans and also protected him against hunger, thirst and fatigue. He is also believed to be a living survivor of the Kurukshetra War that was fought between Pandavas and Kauravas. At the end of the war, Ashwatthama was cursed by Lord Krishna that he will roam in the forests with infected wounds, puss coming out of injuries and his body covered in blood. As a punishment, Krishna took away the gem from his forehead and cursed him that he will wander in woods for 3000 years crying for death; as he fought the battle without the fear of death, he will never find death.