Nikhil Advani has been selected to direct Salman Khan’s home production’s Hero remake, which stars Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty.
Advani received appreciation for his directorial abilities for various films including his recent D-Day, and now he shall be seen directing the remake of Subash Ghai’s 1983 musical blockbuster, Hero.
The original movie helped Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri rise up to stardom. And the movie was a huge hit.
Advani will also be directing the sequel of Mr.India for producer Boney Kapoor will be looking to put Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty through rigorous workshops.
“Those were different times. A time of innocence even when Jackie played a hoodlum. Jackie’s character has to be pitched differently now, more edgy and dark. While Meenakshi Sheshadri’s character would remain the same in spirit when Aathiya takes over, Suraj’s Kishen would be very different from Jackie’s Kishen,” said a source close to the project.
The source also revealed that Advani might rewrite the entire script and characters to suit the definitions of present-day love and courtship. But of course, the core and original music may be retained.
“Nikhil has a very sharp music sense. All his films have terrific music. He will retain some of the songs ‘Pyar karne wale kabhi darte nahin’, ‘Nindiya se jaagi bahaar’ and ‘Tu mera hero hai’, which Laxmikant-Pyarelal composed, may be used in the remake. But Nikhil has decided on a very fresh approach to the subject,” the source added.