Enter Farida Jalal, Exit Sanjay Dutt In Welcome To The Jungle

The upcoming comedy film Welcome to the Jungle, which boasts of a huge ensemble cast, has seen one of its stars depart the project. There is also an issue of pending dues from the producer's previous project.
Enter Farida Jalal, Exit Sanjay Dutt In Welcome To The Jungle

Enter Farida Jalal, Exit Sanjay Dutt In Welcome To The Jungle (Images credit: Instagram)

Producer Firoz Nadiadwala’s casting woes are endless. Welcome to the Jungle, his under production comedy, which was announced on Akshay Kumar’s birthday last year, seems to be making little headway, what with one or the impediment blowing its chances of getting into the theatres.
Multiple sources confirm that Sanjay Dutt has opted out of Welcome to the Jungle. The reason being given is that Dutt had date issues.
However, a source close to the development has another story to tell. “It was clearly a monetary issue. Sanjay Dutt wanted his dues cleared before hopping on board. As he had faced remunerative issues with producer earlier... Nadiadwala kept delaying. Finally, Dutt opted out to avoid any confrontation.”
Ever since Welcome to the Jungle was announced, the project has been ridden with trouble. After making his long-delayed announcement on Akshay Kumar’s birthday for Welcome to the Jungle, producer Firoz Nadiadwala found himself in a soup when The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), a film industry workers union in Mumbai with over 500,000 members, issued a non-cooperation order against Nadiadwala and his proposed biggie.
In a letter dated September 9, 2023, FWICE president accused Firoz Nadiadwala of non-payment of dues for several artistes who worked in Nadiadwala’s Welcome Back in 2015. These artistes include director Anees Bazmee, makeup artiste Bashar Khan, cinematographer Kabir Lal, actor Adi Irani, actors Mustaque Khan and Swatantra Bharat. Director Bazmee alone is owed Rs 2 crore.
During the release of Welcome Back in 2015, Bazmee in an interview with me claimed Firoz had agreed to pay him Rs 11.27 crore as his directorial fee. Out of this he actually paid him only approximately Rs 6 crore. Anees had voluntarily foregone Rs 2.6 crore. Anees only wanted Firoz to give him Rs 2 crore of the pending payment. This apparently didn’t happen.
Looks like the past ghosts have come to haunt Firoz and there is no way he can proceed with the making his ambitious 24-actor Welcome to the Jungle before clearing the dues of the artistes who worked with him on last film from the farcical franchise.
In the meanwhile, Farida Jalal has joined the cast of Welcome to the Jungle. I hope the lady knows how to find her way out of the jungle.
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