Shruti Haasan replaces Asin in Welcome sequel

It looks like her back-toback releases Ramaiya Vastavaiya and D-Day, have made Shruti sought-after in Bollywood. Now, we hear that the actress has been roped in for Anees Bazmee’s Welcome Back, the sequel to the 2007 film Welcome. Shruti will be paired opposite John Abraham in the multi-starrer which will also have Amitabh Bachchan, Nana Patekar, and Anil Kapoor as part of its cast.

Interestingly, the buzz is that the role was initially offered to Asin, who was part of the first film. Says a source, “Though Akshay Kumar, who played the lead in the first film, had opted out, the makers were initially planning to retain Asin. But after seeing Shruti’s performance in her recent releases, they felt that she will be a better fit for the part. Shruti has also signed on the dotted line.”

The actress seems to be on a roll in Bollywood of late, as she was also recently signed on for Gabbar, the Hindi remake of AR Murugadoss’s 2002 Tamil film Ramana, in which she will be sharing screen space with Akshay Kumar. Interestingly, Asin will be seen in a special appearance in this film, as she has been cast in the role that was played by Simran in the original.


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