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“WELCOME BACK” is scantily funny but immensely stupid!
Showcasing yet again the antics of Uday Bhai and Majnu Bhai, this strikingly dumb comedy is devoid of good plot, good sense and good taste. Even the humorous instances and one-liners are very few and far between, making this extremely long (atleast it seems like it) film a far inferior product than its predecessor. If you keep your expectations very, very low, you might find it just passable.
The film is a sequel to the 2007 blockbuster “Welcome”. Brothers Uday Bhai (Nana Patekar) and Manju Bhai (Anil Kapoor) have left the underworld, and have started their own business ventures. They are on a lookout for a cultured spouse to marry their sister Ranjana (Shruti Haasan), who accidentally falls in love with a gangster, Ajju Bhai (John Abraham). The film then takes you through an eventful ride filled with madness.
WELCOME BACK picks up from where it left, and somehow seems to be still stuck there. You have multiple references to the first part and even the duo Majnu and Uday constantly repeat what we’ve laughed at already in 2007. The level of comedy too is substandard, as it’s either puerile or tasteless. Genuinely funny moments are truly scarce. In a film with a runtime of nearly quarter to three hours, you definitely needed much more fun packed in, to sustain the interest of the audience. However, all you get is mostly mindless unfunny scenes and some funny moments once in say half an hour or so.
The look of the film is grand, with colourful, huge sets and great locations. But the screenplay is too poor to keep you hooked. Not much intelligence is expected out of these comic capers, but foolishness and irrelevance (as is displayed here) is absolutely not welcome. There is apparent discontinuity in scene changes and the haste in screenplay is merely a deception as the story really never moves forward or goes anywhere. Even the music is poor.
The performances never inspire. Nana Patekar, who lieterally stole the show in WELCOME (2007), seems to be doing nothing at all, as the content he’s given to play with is extremely poor. Same is the case with the energetic Anil Kapoor, whose earnest efforts go for a losing cause. John Abraham and Shruti Haassan lack acting skills (let’s not even talk about their comic timing) and thus, are just average. The rest of the cast, including Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Shiny Ahuja in small roles, is adequate.
In all, “WELCOME BACK” doesn’t really deserve a welcome. All it can do at best, is pass your effete time. Avoidable!

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