WBRi movie review: Welcome Back

Welcome Back is less appealing than its predecessor Welcome

Casting: Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Shruti Hasan, Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadiya, Supriya Karnik, Shiney Ahuja

Director: Anees Bazmee
Duration: 2hr 33mins

The movie is a sequel to 2007’s blockbuster laugh riot Welcome. Gangsters Uday Bhai and Majnu Bhai have left the underworld and became so called “Shareef” admi. They are on a lookout for a nice guy to marry off their sister Ranjana (Shruti Haasan), who accidently falls in love with a gangster named Ajju Bhai (John Abraham). The movie revolves around the lives of these gangsters and their sister’s blooming romance with Ajju. The plot build up initially promises to be a crazy ride full of entertainment and laughter.

The movie starts with a brief flashback of the transformation of “Sharafatgiri” of Don Uday Bhai and Majnu Bhai. Both the bhais fall in love with the same girl, Rajkumari Nandini, just like they did in the first install ment of the franchisee.  Meanwhile, Uday’s father discloses that he has another sister whom he had to marry off to a decent family. But, unfortunately, their sister Ranjana falls for Mumbai’s gangster Ajju Bhai who also happens to be the son of Dr. Ghungroo (Paresh Rawal). The movie revolves around the brothers trying to marry her off to a shareef khandaan. But, Wanted Bhai’s (Naseeruddin Shah) son, Honey (Shiney Ahuja) too falls for Ranjana. This leads to a total pandemonium of relationship.
John Abraham and Shruti Hassan are new addition to the lead cast. John as Ajju bhai is more focused on his body than his acting. Shruti as Ranjana is a fun loving Bhaiyon ki pyari behen and does not quite fits into her character. We miss the chemistry that was between Rajiv (Akshay Kumar) and Sanjana (Katrina Kaif). Both the Bhais i.e Majnu and Uday fits into thier characters flawlessly, once again. You will find no depreciation in the energy and charisma in their characters. Paresh Rawal as Dr. Ghungroo is also very fun loving. A brilliant actor as we know him, this movie restricts his acting skills. Both Supriya Karnik and Rajpal Yadav play a pivotal role yet have a limited screen space. Dimple Kapadiyaa has a very little to do than showing off designer clothes. Debutant, Ankita Shrivastava (Babita/Rajkumari Nandini)  fits into the character of the con girl perfectly. She do have an oozing sex appeal. Veteran actor, Naseeruddin Shah could not keep the weightage of late Feroz khan as RDX. But he is good in his own way.  Shiney Ahuja makes a decent comeback in this movie as Honey.
Anees Bazmee focuses mainly on the sets rather than on the characters and plot building. Though the movie is a slapstick comedy, it is no match to Welcome. The movie has poor plot but still o manages to make you laugh a number of times. The ending was quite unexpected and disapointing. The movie lost its charm at the climax. The movie portrays sumptuous sets and designer clothes and seems to be a good promotion for UAE’s tourism. Cinematography was well captured. The music was not up to the mark except the song ‘Tutti Wedding’. The choreography was even worse in the rest of the songs. Unnecessary tracks were kept which lengthened the movie and could have been easily eliminated in editing table.
 If you love Bollywood masala movie with no logic, then you will enjoy the movie. It’s okay for a one-time watch.

A review by Shiba Aamir