John Abraham
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Anees Bazmee's "Welcome Back", which is the sequel to the 2007 blockbuster "Welcome", has finally released its first look.

The sequel has John Abraham playing the main lead, while Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor and Paresh Rawal will be reprising their roles from the prequel.

While Abraham is replacing Akshay Kumar, Shruti Haasan has stepped into the shoes of Katrina Kaif. The other additional casts of "Welcome Back" include Dimple Kapadia, Shiney Ahuja and Naseeruddin Shah.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan too is a part of the comedy entertainer and has replaced Feroz Khan in the sequel, reported India Today.

Kapoor took to his twitter handle to share the first look from the sequel.

In the picture, Kapoor, Abraham, Patekar and the entire  cast are seen dressed as "Baraatis" and playing trumpets.

There were also reports, that a few portions of the film had been shot in the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. "Welcome Back" is the first Bollywood film to shoot in the exotic palace and the second after hollywood flick "Fast and Furious 7".

Producer Firoz A Nadiadwala had earlier confirmed the news saying, "After 'Fast and Furious 7', 'Welcome Back' is the first film to have been shot at the splendid Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi." reported Deccan Chronicle.

Directed by Bazmee, the sequel of the out-an-out comedy entertainer was initially scheduled to release in January next year but was later shifted to March 2015.

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