New Delhi: Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat revealed that she lost on the film ‘Welcome Back’ as the director chose to include his girlfriend in the movie instead of her. ‘Welcome Back’ was the sequel to the wildly successful 2007 comedy film ‘Welcome’ which featured Mallika in a pivotal supporting role.
In an interview with a leading daily, she revealed that there was nothing she could do about not being cast in Welcome Back as the director of the film wanted his girlfriend to get the role.
She told Pinkvilla, “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 (The director will only cast his girlfriend for Welcome’s sequel. When Welcome 2 was made, he cast his girlfriend in the film. What can I do then)?”
She further explained, “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,” before adding, “What should I do? That is the only reason I lost out (on Welcome Back).”
The original film ‘Welcome’ was a 2007 comedy movie starring Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Mallika Sherawat, Paresh Rawal and Feroz Khan. It was directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by Firoz Nadiadwala.
The sequel had Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal reprising their previous roles but also had new additions such as John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Shiney Ahuja, Ankita Shrivastava, with Dimple Kapadia and Naseeruddin Shah.
On the work front, she will next be seen in the web series Nakaab which will stream on the OTT platform MX Player.