Welcome Back: Not Worth a Welcome

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One of the most awaited sequels of the 2007 multi starer entertainer Welcome, is an utter disappointment. After a nerve racking 2 and a half hours one does not understand , why would the makers want to put up such a devastating sequel to their much appreciated prequel.

Director Anees Bazmee picks up Welcome Back from where he had left the prequel. The journey begins with highlighting the changed lives of Uday and Majnu (Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor), the bad boys and Doctor Ghungroo ( Paresh Rawal), who go on to be the only saving grace in this bizarre piece of cinema.

When we talk about the music of the movie, one does wonder, was there actually some in it? The songs are placed inappropriately and the lyrics are a pain to the ear. Except for the three characters of Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and the very negligible good quality humour Welcome Back has nothing to offer.

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The lead roles played by John Abraham and Shruti hasan replacing Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif are no patch on their predecessors. After appreciable roles in Force and Madras Café, one expects a decent performance from Mr. Abraham in a comic role, but he continues to have his fixed set of expressions which do not do justice to the character or the movie. As far as Shruti Hasan is concerned, she does try to carry out her role, but seems a surplus in almost every scene.

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The film boasts of the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Shiney Ahuja and Ankita Shrivastava, the debutante, who all seem a bit of a burden on the script. One of the major flaws of Welcome Back is the makers sticking to a very similar story line to the prequel. Most of the characters fall completely out of sorts and after setting in for about fifteen minutes, one feels that the director is just adding characters one after the other which deteriorates the meager fun/entertainment offered by the movie.

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Well, one cannot deny the success and appreciation to Welcome but definitely one does not want to Welcome this one Back. So please refrain from spending your time and money unless you have nothing to do on  the weekend.

My Rating – 1.5/5

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