Nana Patekar’s portrayal of Uday Shetty in the movie “Welcome” has become an enduring favorite in the world of internet memes. His impeccable comic timing and witty exchanges with Anil Kapoor’s character, Majnu Bhai, remain deeply embedded in the hearts of fans. Disappointment arose when the creators of “Welcome 3,” also known as “Welcome To The Jungle,” revealed that Patekar and Kapoor would not be part of the film; instead, they were replaced by the dynamic duo of Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi.
During the trailer launch event for his upcoming film, “The Vaccine War,” Nana Patekar addressed his absence from “Welcome To The Jungle” for the first time. He humbly commented, “Perhaps my age and experience played a role in not being cast in ‘Welcome 3.’ Maybe the makers of ‘The Vaccine War’ saw something different in me, which is why they chose me. It’s as simple as that.”
“The Vaccine War” marks Nana Patekar’s return to the silver screen after a five-year hiatus since his role as the antagonist in “Kaala” alongside Rajinikanth. It was during the same year that Tanushree Dutta once again came forward with her account of being sexually harassed by Patekar on the set of “Horn Ok Pleassss,” a moment that significantly contributed to the Me Too movement gaining traction in Bollywood. Consequently, Patekar has not been as prolific in the film industry.
Regarding his extended absence, the actor shared his perspective, saying, “The industry always has opportunities for those willing to make positive contributions. If you’re willing to work hard, people will continue to approach you with roles. Ultimately, it depends on your desire to take on a role.”
He concluded by expressing his philosophy, “I approach every film as if it’s my first and last opportunity. Everyone is given chances; it’s a matter of whether you choose to seize them or not.”
In the meantime, Nana Patekar’s “The Vaccine War” is set to premiere in theaters on September 28th.