Disha Patani

Disha Patani will be portraying a trapeze artist in a circus set in the 1960s – a pivotal part and a strong character – in the Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra starrer “Bharat.” (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—After the super-success of “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” (2016) and “Baaghi 2” (2018), with the international hit “Kung-Fu Yoga” in-between (though it flopped in India), it is a quantum jump for Disha Patani – she will now co-star with Salman Khan in “Bharat.”

Patani will be portraying a trapeze artist in a circus set in the 1960s – a pivotal part and a strong character. With this segment, director Zafar is paying an ode to Raj Kapoor’s “Mera Naam Joker.” Zafar has always been a huge fan of Kapoor.

Welcoming Patani, director Zafar said, “The pairing of Salman and Disha in a circus set-up in the ’60s is unusual and exciting. She is a promising star and for this character, we needed a girl who looked vulnerable and beautiful and yet had the physicality of an athlete. Disha fit the bill perfectly.”

The actress said, “I’m excited to be a part of “Bharat,” – it’s like a dream come true to get an opportunity to work with Salman-sir, and I can’t wait for the journey to begin. I am a big fan of Ali Abbas sir’s work too.”

Patani took to her social media to announce, “Looking forward to step into the shoes of a #TrapezeArtiste ..Thank you for this challenge @BeingSalmanKhan @aliabbaszafar @atulreellife @priyankachopra #Bharat it is!!”

The film is an official adaptation of the 2014 South Korean film “Ode to My Father,” which depicted modern Korean history from the 1950s to the present-day through the life of an ordinary man and events such as the Hungnam Evacuation during the 1950 Korean War, the government’s decision to dispatch nurses and miners to West Germany in the ’60s and the Vietnam War.

The film is set to have a character-driven story spanning from 1947 to the 2000s and will be shot across locations in Abu Dhabi and Spain, besides Punjab and Delhi in India.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, “Bharat” is produced by Atul Agnihotri’s Reel Life Production Pvt. Ltd. and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series. It is releasing Eid 2019.

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