Original ‘Hero’ Jackie Shroff will watch Sooraj-Athiya starrer in theatre

The original ‘Hero’ star Jackie Shroff refused to watch the special screening of Nikhil Advani’s remake version of his 1983 super-hit film ‘Hero’ which made him a household name. Jackie rather preferred to watch it in a theatre by buying a ticket like other people do.

A special screening of the Salman Khan produced remake ‘Hero’ was held on Thursday, September 10 where several Bollywood celebrities were present. The film starring debutants Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty opened in theatres today.

"I told Jackie sir, why aren't you coming inside (for screening). He said, 'bachcha, I've come only to give you blessings, I'll watch the film in the theatre by spending my money'," Sooraj told IANS. His leading lady Athiya Shetty also added, "Jackie uncle had come during the screening to give his blessings which is big matter for us. I also felt really good that his picture with Sooraj recently came on Twitter, which is a special moment."

Sooraj also recalled Jackie's advice to him in an interview some time back. "Jackie sir said, 'I've seen your trailer and I liked it, but you guys nowadays get scared quickly. So don't be afraid, you've made one 'Hero' but there are 15 more 'Heroes' to be made. Be fearless and confident'."

Earlier during an interview, Jackie Shorff said, "It felt really good to know about it. Both of them (Sooraj and Athiya) are close to me and are my friends' children. It's been 30 years since I did Hero. Today the new kids have a fresh attitude and new pride in them. I'm happy that I get to watch it something like this and enjoy."