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Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; April 22, 2013)
When Welcome released in 2007, the Anees Bazmee directorial did brisk business at the box office. And with the film’s sequel being made, the makers have apparently paid a whopping fee of Rs 15 crore to lead actor John Abraham.
After Welcome, its producer Firoz Nadiadwala’s presence in B-Town has been quite limited. While the third installment of Hera Pheri failed to take off, sources say that the sequel of Welcome is all ready to roll towards the end of this year. While from the original cast Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar have been retained, the makers are looking for a replacement for late actor Firoz Khan. Anees will be helming the project.
Our source says, “Nadiadwala wanted to make the sequel of his film since quite some time now. However when talks with Akshay Kumar fizzled out, Firoz was looking for another option. Anees and Firoz decided to cast John and they have apparently paid him Rs 15 crore for the film. Given that John’s upcoming film with Sanjay Gupta is being much talked about, it was but obvious that the actor would be commanding a price like this.” While Nadiadwala refuses to divulge further details, all he says is, “No, nothing like that! Also, Welcome Back will be a complete family entertainer.” While the original film starred Katrina Kaif, the sequel’s leading lady is yet to be finalised.
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Upala KBR (DNA; April 22, 2013)
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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 More >