Jolly LLB 2 recently went on floors with a changed cast wherein not just was Warsi (who got close consistent acclaim for his execution in the prequel) replace by the Airlift star, yet its female lead Amrita Rao too was replaced by Huma Qureshi.
In a meeting with the news office IANS distributed by The Indian Express on Wednesday, Warsi was gotten some information about the change and his answer is perhaps the reality of many good character actors in Bollywood, an industry driven notoriously by the star-system.
Arshad reportedly told IANS –
I was supposed to do Jolly LLB 2, but Fox Star Studios needed a bigger star, so they chose Akshay. It makes it easier for marketing, it makes it easier to have a hit. With me, you (the filmmakers) have to make a good film, so that is the problem. You can make money with me only if it’s a very good film.
When the reporters asked him if the decision bothers him, he was pretty vocal about it –
Yeah it bothers me a little bit, but not that much. I always believe that you do what you deserve to or what you should. I was the one who convinced Subhash to go ahead and do it because he was not willing to.
Although, he didn’t shy away from praising Akshay Kumar as the new choice –
I said Akshay is a damn good actor as he has the capability of converting him (Akshay) from a muscular macho man to an ordinary man to get beaten up and it will work like magic with Akshay, Subhash also gets a bigger budget. He gets more money to work and life becomes easier for him.
In other words, you could deliver a good performance in a film that could go on to be a reasonable critical and commercial success and win two National Awards — but none of it matters if you aren’t a star.