Mumbai: The casting of Nikhil Advani`s remake of Subhash Ghai`s 1983 blockbuster Hero` just got far more interesting and engaging. Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia has been cast as debutant Aathiya Shetty`s father, a role played by the late Shammi Kapoor in the original.
Shammi Kapoor had played father to Meenakshi Seshadri`s character.
Dhulia was selected for the part since Advani wanted an actor who could capture the original`s ebullience and zest for life.
"I don`t know what made Nikhil choose me. But it`s an honour and a challenge to play a role originally done by Shammi sahab. I am his hugest fan," Dhulia said.
"Well, I don`t know about `hugest` because in terms of girth, there may be some others who can match up to Shammi sahab," he quipped.
Dhulia says the role of Aathiya`s father has been amplified and fleshed out in the remake.
"I play a far more proactive role than Shammi sahab did in the original. I have some surprises up my sleeve," he said.
He may even be turning singer with `Hero`. There is a wedding sequence in the film where his character will sing in his own voice.
"Well, I love to sing in real life. I also play the guitar. So why not sing for myself on screen if the occasion presents itself?"
So another filmmaker-turned-actor-turned-singer like Farhan Akhtar?
"Please! Farhan is so much more handsome and younger. He has six-packs and I have a family pack hai! I am working in a film called `Hero`. But Farhan is hero material," he said.
Dhulia is also all praise for the debutants of `Hero` - Aditya Pancholi`s son Sooraj and Suneil Shetty`s daughter Aathiya.
"They are the superstars of tomorrow. They are very camera-friendly and so confident. I did a very dramatic scene with Sooraj. He was totally into it," he added.