"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," Patani said in a statement.
Salman also tweeted to welcome his co-star on board.
"Welcome @DishPatani to the journey of @Bharat_TheFilm," he wrote.
"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 yet had the physicality of an athlete. Disha fit the bill perfectly," Zafar said.
The film, which is an official adaptation of 2014 Korean film, "Ode to My Father", also stars Sunil Grover.
Produced by Atul Agnihotri's Reel Life Production Pvt. Ltd and Bhushan Kumar's T- series, "Bharat" releases during Eid in 2019.
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