Ranveer Singh no longer associated with ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’?

Azha Khan



After news emerged about his separation from Yash Raj Films a few days ago, the latest buzz suggests that Ranveer Singh will be replaced by a South Indian actor in director Aditya Dhar’s ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’.

A source told Bollywood Hungama, “The Immortal Ashwatthama is a very expensive film, and post-pandemic, the box office has become very unpredictable. The makers are looking for an actor who can pull audiences in hordes to the cinemas. Ranveer Singh’s much-awaited film ’83 (2021) failed to appeal to audiences, especially the masses. Jayeshbhai Jordaar (2022) and Cirkus (2023), meanwhile, were outright flops. Though the producers, Jio Studios, began talks with Ranveer, they soon realized, as the talks progressed, that there was a huge financial risk in taking him on board. The movie is also supposed to be mounted on a large scale and they needed an actor in whom they can safely invest their big monies. Ranveer did not fit the bill on their due diligence and hence, they chose to let him go rather than take a risk.”

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Rumours suggest that South superstars Jr. NTR and Allu Arjun could grab the role instead. The source added, “Getting a star from the South is a safer bet. The moment an actor like Jr. NTR or Allu Arjun comes on board, the film automatically becomes a Pan-India project and will be dubbed in multiple languages. It also leads to an increase in box office revenue. With Ranveer, that is not possible as he is not a pan-India actor. Forget South, even Hindi audiences may not turn up in huge numbers, courtesy his back-to-back debacles.”