It’s confirmed. Emraan Hashmi won’t be a part of the sequel to Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. Though it was announced that Akshay Kumar would be stepping into the shoes of Dawood Ibrahim for this Milan Luthria film, there were speculations around Emraan having a part to play in the sequel. “It is going to be an entirely different cast for Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2”, informs a source, “There were murmurs around Emraan stepping into the film for a few days to shoot a few flashback sequences. However, these speculations have turned out to be baseless. There never was any scope for Emraan to join the film from the very first day.”
However, the actor wasn’t sure about it at least around the time when the film was announced with Akshay. He had then said, “I don’t know whether I am a part of the sequel or not. So far neither Ekta nor Milan have informed me about it. I am not sure.” In fact this had also led to the rumours around all not being well between the actor and the makers. After all, the gangster film was a huge success due to Emraan’s bravura act as well. While Ajay Devgn was expectedly good as a seasoned actor, Emraan was the surprise package of the film.
“Even though Ajay’s character (based on Haji Mastan) was killed in the film, Emraan’s character had lived on. Everyone would have thought that the sequel would be made with him but there was a surprise in store when Akshay Kumar was roped in instead as a central protagonist”, comments a trade guru. However, after weeks of silence, it has now been revealed that Emraan Hashmi would have no role to play in the sequel. Also, the actor too seems to be undeterred by the developments and is taking it all lightly.
“I am not a part of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2. I was never approached for it either”, Emraan sets the records straight, “I have no complaints though. As makers, Milan and Ekta have the right to go for anyone who they find suitable for a role. It is entirely their prerogative.” He also rubbishes insinuations around all not being well between him and the Once Upon A Time…. team. “No, there is no fight whatsoever. If that was the case, I wouldn’t have been doing their The Dirty Picture, right”, reasons Emraan before signing off. Agencies