In the laugh riot Welcome, Akshay Kumar had played the role of Rajiv, a mild-mannered art dealer, who ends up falling in love with the sister of an underworld don. The film, which had also starred Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar, was a major hit, but it seems that the sequel to the film will not have Akki playing the lead role.
A source said that Akshay is not doing Welcome 2 and that producer Firoz Nadiadwala has signed up Akshay's Desi Boyz co-star John Abraham for the lead role. The sequel will be helmed by Anees Bazmee and the film is supposed to go on floors sometime in the second half of 2013.
However, it is not clear yet whether Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar will be reprising their roles as the lovable goons Majnu bhai and Uday Shetty.