The director says he didn’t sign Leone for the movie as Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar were uncomfortable working with her. “These reports are all untrue. It was my decision to not have Sunny on board. I’ve entertained the audience with family.”
She confirmed the reports that Sunny had approached him for a part in the movie earlier, Bazmee said that, ““At that time, I was not done with the script, so I asked her to wait. Now, since it’s been too long and I haven’t signed her, she is talking about the film to gain publicity.”
Interestingly, there were reports that suggested the figure quoted by Sunny Leone was too high. But Anees Bazmee cleared all the rumours saying, ” “I’ve been hearing these rumours about the makers not being able to afford her, causing her to back out of the film. They are completely baseless as she was never signed for the film. Moreover, Welcome Back is a big-budget movie, so money was never an issue.”
So seems like Sunny Leone hasn’t replaced Mallika Sherawat which was reported earlier. Looks like we’ll have to wait for the confirmation from the director itself. All we know as of now is that John Abhraham is already been selected as the male lead.