"Disha is the fittest and apt to do action."
Filmmaker Jagan Shakti confirmed that Disha Patani has replaced Sara Ali Khan in his upcoming film Hero No 1.
Hero No 1 will feature Tiger Shroff as the male lead. It has also been reported that the film will not be a remake of the 1997 film of the same name.
The 1997 blockbuster was helmed by David Dhawan and starred Govinda and Karisma Kapoor.
Jagan opened up about Disha’s casting. He said:
“Disha is the fittest and apt to do action. Sara was definitely a part of it, but unfortunately, we couldn’t match the date.”
Hero No 1 will be a two-heroine film. It will also star Hrithik Roshan‘s cousin Pashmina Roshan.
Pashima will reportedly play Tiger’s love interest in the film.
Disha Patani and Tiger Shroff previously worked together in Baaghi 2 (2018). The film was a major success and it became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year.
The duo were rumoured to be dating for six years until they split up. Both stars remained intensely private about their relationship.
They were seen on lunches together and often appeared to share a rather close bond.
In 2022, Tiger appeared on Koffee With Karan 7. During his interview on the show, Karan Johar quizzed him about his relationship with Disha Patani.
Tiger simply responded: “I’m just very good friends just like I always have been.”
Karan probed further: “You all made Bastian become the hottest restaurant because every Sunday we saw you in and out to a point I was like, ‘This is like a routine. Tiger and Disha are at Bastian every Sunday’.”
The War star replied:
“We like eating the same food. Maybe that’s why we go to that restaurant together.”
When Sara Ali Khan was still attached to the project, a source revealed the schedule for Hero No 1:
“Though the shoot will begin in London in January 2024, Tiger has already shot for an action sequence, Sara and Pashmina will join him only next year.
“Tiger had signed a three-film deal with Bhagnani’s production.
“After Ganapath and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Hero No 1 is their third collaboration.”
It will be exciting for fans to see Tiger and Disha onscreen together again.
On the work front, Tiger last appeared alongside Amitabh Bachchan in Vikas Bahl’s Ganapath (2023). The film was a box office failure.
Meanwhile, Disha Patani will next be seen in Yodha. It is scheduled to be released on December 8, 2023.