While promoting his upcoming film ‘The Vaccine War,’ veteran actor Nana Patekar was asked by paparazzi about his absence from the upcoming movie ‘Welcome to the Jungle.’ The third installment in the popular comedy franchise will star Akshay Kumar, but it noticeably lacks the iconic duo of Patekar and Anil Kapoor from the previous films in the series.
Patekar openly shared his disappointment about being left out of the sequel to his own superhit franchise. He said, “Maybe I am too old and an old actor, and that is why they did not choose me for ‘Welcome 3’. Perhaps the makers of ‘The Vaccine War’ do not feel this way about me, which is why they have cast me in it. It’s just that simple.”
Patekar’s comments have sparked a debate about ageism in Bollywood. Some have argued that the actor is being unfairly targeted because of his age, while others have said that he is simply not as relevant as he once was.
Whatever the reason for his absence from ‘Welcome 3,’ Patekar’s fans are disappointed that they will not see him reunite with Kapoor on the big screen. The two actors have a long history of working together, and their chemistry is one of the things that made the ‘Welcome’ franchise so successful.
It remains to be seen whether Patekar will ever return to the ‘Welcome’ franchise. However, his comments about his age and relevance are sure to be a topic of discussion for years to come.