Recently what turned out to be Asin’s loss became Shruti Haasan’s gain, as the latter was roped in for the sequel of Anees Bazmee’s Welcome. If rumours are to be believed, Asin’s father is apparently to be blamed for her ouster from the project.
Insiders say Asin’s father Joseph Thottumkal had demanded a whopping Rs 1 crore plus fee for the actress and refused to budge from the figure during negotiation efforts. A source close to the film said, “After Sonakshi Sinha opted out of the project, Anees had finalized Asin. But her father proved to be a problem. He refused to negotiate the price he had initially quoted for his daughter proved to be the deal breaker.”
Shruti incidentally came well within the makers’ budget and she replaced Asin. Anees said, “Asin was one of the heroines we had been considering as I had worked with her in Ready. We signed Shruti as she fits the bill perfectly. We have no issues with Asin.” A friend of the actress however denies the buzz and blames Asin’s ouster on date issues. Asin’s spokesperson said, “Money has never been an issue between friends. Aneesji is a dear friend. It is just unfortunate that the dates became an issue.”