152 Min. | Action – Comedy – Drama | September 2015
IMDB Rating: 4.5
Director: Anees Bazmee
Staring: Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia
Welcome Back Review: A sequel to the 2007 smash hit Welcome, Anees Bazmee’s ‘Welcome Back’ is a joyride, that delivers some truly laugh-out-loud moments. It doesn’t make sense nor is it particularly sharp, but overall, the flow of laughs are on the higher side. Uday Shetty and Majnu Bhai have left the underworld, they are now big businessmen and have also managed to fall in love. But, one day, they realize they have another sister, who later falls in love with a thug. ‘Welcome Back’ has a fairly catchy plot, that certainly stretches itself a bit too much. However, the gags and the consistently funny one-liners will leave you splits. The Bromance between Uday and Manju (played by Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor, both in top-form) is the highpoint of the enterprise.
In Welcome Back, not only do they get the best of roles, but also the best of dialogue and sequences. But, the climax is such a letdown. Agreed, we aren’t even looking for logic remotely till we reach this point, but the culmination is a mess. Its not funny and also too long. Also, the second-hour, in totality, isn’t as much fun as the first-hour, thats because the sub-plot involving Wanted Bhai (played by Naseeruddin Shah), doesn’t really work! Bazmee’s Screenplay is fun. His Writing surrenders to non-sense, but most of the bits, work. A special mention for Raj Shandaliya’s hilarious dialogue, that tickle your funny-bone almost throughout. Kabir Lal’s Cinematography is lavish, capturing the exotic locales of Dubai, most accurately. Editing is good, but could’ve been sharper. Music by Various Artists is energetic. Action-Sequences are over-the-top.
Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor are the life and soul of ‘Welcome Back’. The legendary actors share an infectious chemistry on-screen and deliver the highest amount of laughs all through the film. Supporting them is Paresh Rawal, who despite limited screen-time, is simply fantastic as Dr. Ghunghroo. John Abraham is okay, although he makes a sincere effort to portray the part. Shruti Hassan is motionless. Dimple Kapadia is first-rate. Ankita Shrivastava is passable. Naseeruddin Shah and Shiny Ahuja are wasted. Rajpal Yadav, Adi Irani and others lend great support. On the whole, ‘Welcome Back’ is an entertainer, that is even better than its prequel. Go, have a good laugh!