Welcome 3 | Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal


26 Jan 2016
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Action comedy lovers are in for a treat because the third instalment of the ‘Welcome’ franchise, is set to go on the floors by early 2018.

Pune Mirror reveals a source close to the project sharing that the Firoz Nadiadwala production, whose predecessors were directed by Anees Bazmee, will film with a new director. “Anil Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Nana Patekar are already on board to reprise their roles from the previous instalments.”

“Anil will continue to play Majnu, Nana returns as Uday Shetty while Paresh plays Dr Ghunghroo. While the first two instalments were more about comedy, this one will have action in equal measure. Locations are currently being finalised with shooting schedules also being planned in Tokyo and Osaka,” the source revealed, adding that the makers also plan to film at Ground Zero in New York, where the World Trade Centre stood. “They have approached Oscarwinning German composer Hans Zimmer for the background score,” the source said
Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar & Paresh Rawal back together for 'Welcome 3'
“The script of Welcome 3 is already being written, and the plan is to take it on the floors in the latter part of next year. While Anil, Nana and Paresh will be part of the third film, the makers are also aiming to rope in a much bigger cast for this one. Firoz Nadiadwala is planning to make the movie on a massive scale and it will be an action-comedy,” informs a source close to the development.

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Plans are on for Welcome 3 as well, however, this will be done by Firoz in his personal capacity. He is on the look out for an ideal director to take this comic caper forward. While Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar will be back as Majnu and Uday, there’s no clarity as such on the other leads of the film.
Firoz Nadiadwala told Bollywood Hungama, “Welcome 3 mostly will be called Welcome To The Jungle. It’ll retain the humour, wit and entertainment that is associated with this franchise and moreover, it’ll be based against a military action backdrop. The action will be huge in this film. We’ll make use of the 'huey' helicopters and for the first time in an Indian film, aircraft carriers will be used in action scenes. It’ll be made on a scale which has never been seen before in Indian cinema in terms of production value, grandeur etc.”

Firoz Nadiadwala continued, “Towards the end, it’ll have a very strong and emotional patriotic touch. 65-70% of the film will be set in the jungle. We hopefully will go on floors next year. We’ll have real ex-military people on board who’ll guide us on how to handle big guns, RPG, SAM (surface-to-air missile) and other such solid military hardware.”

Firoz Nadiadwala made it clear that while mounting the film on a huge canvas, he won’t compromise on the script and other important elements, “The idea is to make the best movie, not the biggest movie. Money can help you make a big film, but it will not help you to make the best movie. What I mean is that it has to be the best film creatively, technically, scale-wise and in terms of casting. Movies like Sholay, Ben Hur, Avatar etc are best in terms of emotion, storytelling, and characters first followed by the scale. It’s like the difference between good food and expensive food. First, you cook the best food and then you charge whatever you want. We want to ensure that Welcome To The Jungle is a milestone in entertainment family cinema in terms of characterization, storytelling, screenplay, dialogues, nuances, mannerisms and action.”

Firoz Nadiadwala is yet to sign actors for Welcome To The Jungle but he assured, “It’ll have a big star cast. All the main characters will indulge in action, including the actresses.”

ETimes has exclusively learnt that, in a casting coup of sorts, the Firoz Nadiadwala produced movie will have Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi leading from the front.

The comedy caper is expected to start rolling either during the last leg of Hera Pheri 3 or as soon as the movie hits the theatres. The director of the flick is yet to be finalised.


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