Nikhil Advani, riding high after the success of his espionage thriller D-Day, is said to have been roped in to direct the remake of Subhash Ghai’s 1983 musical blockbuster Hero. The original film had launched Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri into the big league. Advani, who worked wonders with newcomers Sree Swara and Akash Dahiya in D-Day, hopes to work Ghai’s magic on debutants Sooraj Pancholi and Aathiya Shetty.
The two young actors are going through rigorous workshops now. “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’s character would remain the same in spirit when Aathiya takes over,” says Advani.