Emraan Hashmi on a rejection spree?
The actor’s apparently declined films by Nadiadwala cousins Sajid and Firoz
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; July 2, 2012)
Following his recent box office success, Emraan Hashmi is ensuring that he doesn’t make any wrong moves. And that translates into him not wanting to be a part of ensemble films with more than two leading men. That’s why he has refused projects backed by both Nadiadwalas — Sajid and Firoz. Sources say the actor nixed the latter’s offer to step into Akshay Kumar’s role from the original, under the direction of Anees Bazmee.
According to our source, Bazmee met Emraan at the behest of his producer. “After Akshay stopped working with Firoz, reportedly over monetary issues, he has been trying to get other actors to play Akshay’s part in his movies. Abhishek Bachchan was roped in for Hera Pheri 4 and then Emraan was offered the sequel to Welcome,” reveals our informer, adding that Hashmi has become a much sought after actor courtesy his commercial viability. “While Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar will continue to play the characters they essayed in the original, Anees and Firoz thought Emraan would be apt for the role done by Akshay in Welcome, taking the franchise ahead with a new story.” However, it turns out that Hashmi wasn’t too keen. As our source divulges, “Emraan is doing very well as a solo hero. So, unless the script is strong, like in the case of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and The Dirty Picture, he’s not interested in multi-actor films. So, when Anees offered the Welcome sequel to him, he politely turned it down.”
As for Sajid’s production, apparently Emraan was offered a film to be directed by Sabbir Khan (Kambakkht Ishq). Says our source, “This was before they signed Tiger Shroff. It’s a different script which Sajid and Sabbir had offered to Emraan. But he has no dates to spare this year, so he refused.”
While Emraan, Firoz and Sajid were unavailable for comment, Bazmee maintained that this buzz was going around when they were earlier looking to cast another actor with Abhishek in Hera Pheri 4. “We weren’t too happy with the way the script was turning out. The idea of a sequel to Welcome came up later. My focus right now is on the No Entry sequel. After that I’ll decide what to make next.”
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