Anees Bazmee: No Welcome Back without Amit Ji

The 2007 film Welcome was a laughter riot which starred Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Feroz Khan among others. The film maker Anees Bazmee started making the sequel Welcome Back; it stars John Abraham in the lead role while Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar reprise their roles from the previous film.

The film-maker also plans to have in Amitabh Bachchan in a pivotal role in the film and has said the film won’t be made without him. “It’s really very simple. It’s Bachchan Saab or bust. I cannot see anyone else in the role. So until he says yes, we are not shooting that particular role or shooting with any of the actors who have scenes with that character,” said the director.

Buzz was around that Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan were to share screen space in the film. Squashing the rumor, Anees said “I don’t know where that came from. I’ve never met Rekhaji in my life. So where is the question of casting her?”

“We are leaving for the shooting of Welcome Back next week. We will be waiting for Big B’s yes,” added the director.

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