"When I signed 'Welcome Back', the first person I called was Akshay. I don't know how relationships pan out in our industry, but I love him,” John told the media at the shoot of a song with lead actress Shruti Haasan.

“Akshay is like my older brother. And he was so happy and told me, 'you do the film' and 'Anees (Bazmee) bhai is a brilliant director'. He was very excited and encouraging," John further said.

John and Akshay have acted in 'Garam Masala', 'Housefull 2' and 'Desi Boyz'.

"I have worked with him (Akshay) in several films and I've learned a lot from him. And if there is a first trial of the film, then perhaps we would call Akshay first because he'll be very happy to come. I'm happy to have a good friend in Akshay and we have a beautiful relationship," John said.

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