In a bombshell statement, actress Mallika Sherawat has said that she lost out on Welcome’s sequel because the director chose to cast his girlfriend in the movie instead of her. Mallika was seen opposite Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal, Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar in Welcome. The sequel to Welcome was called Welcome Back and starred Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Shiney Ahuja, Dimple Kapadia and Naseeruddin Shah. The movie was directed by Anees Bazmee.
“Welcome ka sequel banega toh director apni girlfriend ko hi dalega na usmein. Welcome 2 bana toh usmein apni girlfriend ko daal diya batao, ab main kya karun (If a sequel of Welcome is made, then the director will only cast his girlfriend. When Welcome 2 was made, he cast his girlfriend in the film. What do I do now)?” Mallika told Pinkvilla.
“But this is true. When they make a sequel they cast their girlfriend, the hero casts his girlfriend, what do I do then? I don’t have any boyfriend in Bollywood, I have never been with any actor, director or producer. With me like this is my work, if you think I am worthy of your project I would love to be a part of it. But if a director or a producer or an actor – if they want to cast their girlfriends then it’s their choice. What should I do? That is the only reason I lost out (on Welcome Back),” she added.
[Image Credit: Mallika Sherawat]