One of the year’s most anticipated movie ‘Hero’, which marks the Bollywood debut of Athiya Shetty and Sooraj Pancholi, is all set to release today (September 11). What has really increased the stakes of the movie is that Salman Khan’s banner SKF (Salman Khan Films) has co-produced the movie. Athiya is the daughter of Suniel Shetty and Sooraj is the son of Aditya Pancholi.
‘Hero’ is the official remake of the 1983 movie of the same name, which marked the debut of Jackie Shroff . The movie was directed by Subhash Ghai, who is now co-producing the remake with Salman. (See Pics: Athiya, Sooraj take off for promotions)
The remake is directed by Nikhil Advani who is often quoted as saying that he has helmed the movie under Salman’s guidance. “A huge applause needs to be given to Salman who is taking this risk of producing a film which was made 30 years back. And he has the courage to make a better film than the ‘Hero’ made 30 years back. My blessings to the hero and the team,” Subhash Ghai was once quoted as saying, when asked about the remake.
And rightly so, it does seem a risk. But what might be termed as a well-calculated risk by some is diluted in the risque factor by really smart promotions by Salman and his team. He has been to every event with Sooraj and Athiya making sure that the press people do attend the conferences and that too in large numbers.
Salman Khan’s statements about the two young stars, like “People are saying ‘I have launched them because they are my friend’s kids’, but there is nothing like that. I have so many friends whose kids are waiting to be launched, but these kids have talent which made me launch them. They are brilliant,” instills faith in the movie and in Sooraj and Athiya’s calibre.
Salman Khan even went ahead to host a private screening for Sooraj and Athiya’s families. Also, the song sung by Salman Khan – ‘Main Hoon Hero Tera’ – has already become a rage and is topping the charts.
Sooraj Pancholi, who is being hailed for his good looks and politeness, has been praised for his acting repertoire shown in the promos. Same with Athiya, who is often touted as the next Bollywood fashionista due to her great fashion choices at events. The chemistry that these two star kids have shown at the events is praiseworthy and they definitely make for a pair to watch out for.
Salman Khan’s active involvement in the movie, thereby, has assured a good opening for the movie. A lot, however, depends on the word of mouth after the first weekend.