Amitabh Bachchan to replace Feroz Khan in the sequel to Welcome, according to our reports!
Anees Bazmee has confirmed that Welcome Back sequel to the 2007 comedy flick Welcome would star Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor in the same roles that they played in the first installment of the film. There were reports suggesting that John Abraham has been chosen to replace Akshay Kumar in the film. But those reports have been rubbished.
Anees says that, “John Abraham is playing the lead in Welcome Back. He joins Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor who were part of the Welcome cast. But John is not stepping into Akshay Kumar’s role, as reported. We’ve eliminated Akshay’s part and created a new hero’s role. So John’s role is completely new. As for Nana and Anil, they’ll reprise the roles of Uday and Majnu.”
Producer Feroz Nadiadwala’s punctured relationship with Akshay Kumar has put Anees in a dilemma as he shares a good rapport with Akshay Kumar. At first, the plan was to bring in John Abraham in place of Akshay. But as Anees felt that Akshay would not be happy with the same, the role was completely scrapped and an entirely new hero’s script was written to settle in John.
Feroz Khan, a far more irreplacable character, which also turned out to be his last onscreen appearance, has left a huge gap to fill in. The most stylish of all the Khans had played a powerful underworld don named RDX in Welcome.
As sources suggest, Amitabh Bachchan has replaced Feroz Khan in the Welcome series. “Feroz Bhai played the kind of imposing don whom even Nana and Anil bowed down to. Unfortunately for us, Feroz Bhai is no longer with us. I can only think of one actor who can play that role. And that’s Bachchan Saab,” says Anees.
Amitabh Bachchan’s schedule is being looked into and hopefully we might just see step into Feroz Khan’s role!