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Movie Review: Welcome Back

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Release Date:September 4, 2015

Cast: John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah, Shruti Haasan, Dimple Kapadia, Shiney Ahuja, Ankita Shrivastava

Direction:Anees Bazmee

Genre:Comedy

Duration:2 hours 33 minutes

A potboiler in essence, Welcome Back catches up on the lives of ex-dons, Majnu (Anil Kapoor) and Uday (Nana Patekar),who are now hoteliers in Dubai and are looking for a suitable ‘shareef’ groom for their stepsister Ranjana (Shruti Haasan). The ex-dons too are looking to get married and here also they fall in love with the same girl, thefakeRajkumari of Nazamgarh (Ankita Shrivastava), daughter of the fake Maharani (Dimple Kapadia).

Fate, however, has plans of its own and the story gets weirdly complicated and completely out of control when the potential ‘shareef’ groom turns out to be Ajjubhai (John Abraham), the most notorious bhai in Mumbai.With Ranjana and Ajjubhai in love with each other, the ex-don duo vow to stop Ajjubhai from marrying their stepsister. They hire ‘Wanted Bhai’ (Naseeruddin Shah), a blind don to take care of Ajjubhai. What follows is a series of events driven by comic theatrics that defy all logic & reasoning, and seem to set new benchmarks in tomfoolery.

With such a great star cast, one would have expected a much better outcome, but the storyline lacks depth and it appears that plots were being added just to reach the targeted standard screening time of ~ 2 ½ hours. The movie’s saviours are its seasoned actors, especially Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor, and Paresh Rawal who have delivered good performances, as always. The one-liners can also tickle you a bit, especially if you go to watch the movie with an open mind. One such example is Dr Ghungroo’s (Paresh Rawal) retort, “Maine vote daala nahin, toh mukhyamantri mera kaise hua?” when his wife requests him to accept the son she had from a previous relationship.

You can watch this if you have time to spare, but it’s recommended that  leave your expectations behind before buy the tickets in comparison to first part.

 

By: Satya Prakash

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