John Abraham replaces Akshay Kumar in ‘Welcome’ sequel

John AbrahamJohn Abraham has replaced Akshay Kumar in “Welcome Back”, a sequel to “Welcome”, and says that the Bollywood Khiladi is “happiest” for him.

In the 2007 hit comedy “Welcome”, Akshay played the main lead.

“Akshay is like my elder brother. Whatever I do, I always have a lot of discussions, especially with him. Akshay is happiest for me when I told him that I am doing ‘Welcome Back’. He said it’s a very good film and you should do it,” the 40-year-old said here Tuesday on the sets of TV show “Bade Acche Lagte Hain” where he was promoting his film “Shootout at Wadala.”

“It’s an outstanding script, kids will love it and I am looking forward to doing it,” he added.

John has reportedly charged Rs.15 crore for “Welcome Back”, but did not confirm the news.

“As far as money is concerned, I don’t talk about money at all as I think it’s not as important. I charge because I think I deserve it. But I give it to charity because I think that’s more important,” John said.

John’s next film is much-talked about real life-based crime thriller “Shootout At Wadala”, in which he is playing gangster Manya Surve who was gunned down in the Mumbai police’s first official encounter. A host of actors like Anil Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee and Mahesh Manjrekar feature in it.

But John misses Kangna Ranaut during the promotions of “Shootout at Wadala”. The actress plays his love interest in the film.

“Kangna will join us for the promotions, but right now she is shooting for some film. I miss Kangna a lot and people may not know that Manya Surve’s romantic track is one of the most beautiful romantic tracks, a tragic love story,” John said.

“Kangna has done an outstanding job. We all are missing her and we hope to see her soon,” added John.

Directed by Sanjay Gupta, “Shootout at Wadala” hits theatres May 3.



  • John has said that kids will love the Welcome sequel. Of course they will because it has Sunny Leone in it.

  • John does’nt possess the comic timing that Akshay has.Akshay will be missed very badly but i think the film can work because of the brand “Welcome”.

  • The film is likely to become a flop. Because of poor comic timing of John(no doubt that John is a hunk and performs action roles effortlessly eg Force, Race 2, SAW etc). Moreover, Nargis Fakhri and Sunny Leone can hardly spell A.C.T.I.N.G.

    Akki will be missed badly. No welcome without Akki!

  • Welcome would’ve been just the same if Akshay Kumar’s role was played by even Jacky Bhagnani… It was a complete Anil Kapoor Nana Paresh Rawal show…For that matter even Mallika sherawat was more prominent than Akshay in Welcome… Aalu le lo…Kaanda le lo…Naa bikha aadha aalu.. And Anil kapoor’s paintings scenes can make you laugh any day anytime…

  • Welcome is nothing without Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Mallika Sherawat, and Paresh Rawal. Akshay and Katrina were just extras for the songs.

  • welcome is nothing without akshay.why akshay rejected this.
    these haters r irritating.yes anil and nana were very good.
    do these haters mean akshay has to act himself without any supporting cast

  • welcome is nothing without nana, anil & paresh rawal.
    akshay or john doesn’t matter as long as anil, nana & paresh rawal are still in…

  • I will miss akshay. And i was sad at news, but as akshay sir happy, so i’m happy. Best of luck for welcome back to ja.

  • @rohit,rgverma, whay the heck are you saying??? Did you watched welcome??? If akshay was not present than film would be nothing. Who would had saved don’s kid and make him happy. Who would have finished nana’s bhaegiri. Who make anil and nana fall in love??? Who would take kitrina’s murder on his own??? Welcome is all about akshay.

  • Lol….biggest joke of d year.
    John wil replace akshay…
    Welcome back wil b a flop.cozz john hardly knws acting.

  • boss@
    akshay kumar was in supporting role in welcome, and nana, anil, paresh rawal and feroj khan were in lead role. perhaps you have not seen movie?

  • kabhi…socha nahi tha akshay SIR ke aise din bhi aayenge
    65crore wale superstar!!!
    sorry to say but akshay SIR is in bad phase…

  • I don’t think that it’s a good decision of replacing Akshay with John. Akshay was the major part of Welcome and he’s definitely a better actor than John.

  • How is this even possible??? Akshay was surely the first choice. I guess “Welcome Back” has really bad script so even Akshay “Khiladi” Kumar dared not to be a part of it!! Yes you read it right be a “part”.

  • ,.John luk when….he work with akki otherwise’….i dont know who is john.,so welcome back koi nhi hoga…

  • Rajiv bhatia:u r using the real name of akshay ,this shows howmuch u like akshay.u r right outim2 wil collect 65cr in its first weekend.

  • Akshay, anil kapoor and nana patekar made the film! Honestly speaking i like john abraham but he has no comic timing im pretty sure every1 saw tht in housefull 2! Akshay will be missed big time !

  • @shekher suman, carear is not over. Makers 1st choice was akshay. Scropt was ready from 2010. But akshay has no dates empty.
    And akshay suggested makers to cast john coz he dont have dates.

  • @virat Kohli: do 1 thing, wen u watch welcom, do start it from initials when they give the names of actors and actresses. If u remember, akshay’s name was ahead of anil,nana and still u say he was a supporting actor there!!! seems u dont have knowledge above cricket o probably not in that too ;)

    @desii: u forgot to mention garam masala my friend :) john’s acting was worst, the movie was saved by akshay kumar.

  • @ahsan khan..well said. he’s the Godfather…and even his haters know it too. the thing over here is..not too much to debate. Akshay has no dates to give to any producer upto december 2014!!!his schedule is tightly packed, thats why just now he’s taken a long break before OUATIM 2. not only this..he’s taken a break from full-time comedy movies and third reason: his fee is higher than any A-listers according to 2012 income tax statements.( source-CNN-IBN).I think i have made everything clear related to the speculation of why john replaces Akshay. and the funniest part is that…Akshay recommended only john’s name to Anees bazmi for this role, as they are thick friends over these years.

  • these srk fans gone so insecure ,thats why giving negative comments.on every page of akshay.
    whatever they comment ,no one can save srk this year.

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