Nikhil Advani to direct `Hero` remake?

Mumbai: 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, progenies of Aditya Pacholi-Zarina Wahab and Suniel Shetty, respectively.

Advani, who is also committed to direct the sequel to "Mr. India` for producer Boney Kapoor, would now be putting Sooraj and Aathiya 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 intends to rewrite the entire script and the characters to suit the definitions of present-day love, courtship and elopement.

But some of the 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.

The original `Hero` was about the forbidden love between a police officer`s sister Radha and an outlaw Jaikishen, and his efforts to go straight for the sake of love.

The remake would be radically different from the original.