Two trailers of the film are out and none of them features the actor. Why? Find out!
The first promo of Anees Bazmee’s Welcome Back was four minutes long, but Shiney Ahuja was nowhere to be seen. This despite Paresh Rawal and other supporting actors getting screen time in the trailer.At the time, it seemed that it was all part of the plan. That at least the second promo would feature Shiney, who makes his Bollywood comeback with the film. But the second promo aired two days ago. And Shiney was still missing in action.
For theatres only?
“Now this is surprising because Shiney actually has a decent role in the film,” informs our source, “He plays the son of Naseeruddin Shah, who is a blind don in the film. Just like the other actors in the film, he brings in comic flavour on screen.” That could only mean that the makers want to reserve his scenes for the theatres.
Ask Anees about Shiney’s absence — not just from the promos, but also the launch event, and he makes light of it. “Nahi nahi, aisa hum log jaan-boojh kar nahi rahe hain ki promo mein naa dikhaaye. As for the event, he couldn’t be there since he was in London. If he was in Mumbai, he would have certainly attended it,” he says.
Shiney it seems, has Anees to thank for being his rescuer. “Let’s not put it that way please; maine koyi ehsaan nahi kiya hai,” Bazmee insists, “He is in the film because he fits the bill. Period. I am happy with what he has done in the film. It is not an easy thing to make a comeback with over half-a-dozen seasoned actors in the cast. Still, he went ahead with complete conviction.”
Adds Bazmee.”I saw a marked change in him since he hadn’t worked for so many years. My heart goes out to him because kisi ko bhi bahut takleef hogi koyi itne saal kaam nahi karega. Logon ka kya hai; woh toh hamein pata hi tha, that they will talk. What matters is whether, as an actor, he has done justice to my film,” he reasons.
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