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Anil Kapoor: 'Welcome Back' important film for producer

Veteran actor Anil Kapoor today said the Hindi film industry will lose a "good" producer in Firoz A Nadiadwala if their upcoming film 'Welcome Back' does not work at the box-office.

Anil Kapoor
Anil Kapoor

'Welcome Back', which is the sequel to 2007 comedy 'Welcome', also stars Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah, John Abraham, Shruti Haasan and Dimple Kapadia.

"It is a very important film for my producer Firoz Nadiadwala. We have other projects... but this is important for him.

"If the film flops, then he will face a big loss and we will lose a good producer," Anil told reporters here today while promoting the film.

The 58-year-old 'Dil Dhadakne Do' star, who reprises his role of don Majnu Bhai from the original, said the film is a clean entertainer without any double-meaning jokes.

"It is a clean family entertainer. There are no double meanings in the movie. Definitely, it is not a great film. But it is a fun, happy movie and should be viewed like that."

'Welcome Back' was supposed to have its world premiere in Dubai, where most of the film's shooting took place, but it got scrapped yesterday, four days before the release.

Anil said the organisers in Dubai decided to cancel the event and also the film's makers wanted to concentrate on promotions in India.

"We wanted to come to Delhi and focus on India. The organisers there have taken the decision themselves as well as the people from Dubai. They said, 'Don't come'. We were happy as we had not covered a few cities in India."

Anil, who shared screen space with late Feroz Khan in the original film, said he missed him during the shooting of the sequel.

"I miss him every moment, not only while shooting because he directed me in 'Janbaaz'. After my film 'Mashaal' (1984), Subhash Ghai and Feroz Khan signed me for 'Meri Jung' and 'Janbaaz', which changed my career. I was a newcomer then.

"He (Feroz) was a real pathan but had a heart of gold. He was like a child, warm person. I feel very blessed to have worked with him as a filmmmaker and as an actor."

'Welcome Back' releases this Friday.

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