The cast for Anees Bazmee’s ‘Welcome Back’ will see Shiney Ahuja joining them in Dubai. Sources reveal that all the cast are happy about his inclusion, except Shruti Haasan, the female lead in the film.
Shiney is the wayward son of Naseeruddin Shah in the film and both are cast as gangsters.
Sources in Dubai reveal that Anees had wanted Shiney in the role and he did not want any argument on the contrary. Though apparently Shruti and Anees do not share the same views on the issue, Anees has maintained his stand.
Shruti obviously is not happy about the way things had turned out.
Bazmee has said, “Initially there was skepticism about Shiney’s presence. But I was very clear about what I was doing. Whether Shiney is guilty or not of the crime he was accused of, we’ve no right to pass judgment on him. Let the law take its course.”
According to sources, Anees was insistent on having Shiney included. The director said, “Shiney has every right to work. He has a wife, daughter, and parents to support. His father broke down when he called to thank me for giving Shiney work. No one from the film industry was willing to give him work, not even Shiney’s so-called friends”.
Doing so, Anees has been reportedly receiving threats from inside the industry as well as outside sources on the matter.