Sunday, September 6, 2015

Welcome Back - The other worse movie after 2 States

Welcome released in 2007, just a refresh that it starred Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Feroz Khan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Mallika Sherawat, Paresh Rawal, Supriya Karnik and others. Directed by Anees Bazmee, it had a run time of 159 minutes and has an IMDb rating of 6.4/10. The reason why we need to refresh this is because to compare just how bad Welcome Back is against Welcome.
Welcome Back stars almost everyone from the prequel except Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Feroz Khan, and Mallika Sherawat. The new additions to this sequel have been John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Ankita Shrivastava, Dimple Kapadia, Shiney Ahuja and Naseeruddin Shah. I mean just look at the cast and on the other side you have the stupid script and that botched up ending.
The film is set in United Arab Emirates and looks like its tourism ad. John Abraham is good at action but needs to work on his comic timing, and Shruti Haasan needs to work on her acting skills. Every actor right from Dimple Kapadia to Shiney Ahuja to Naseeruddin Shah have been wasted. The only ones to look out for are Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, and Paresh Rawal.
Anees Bazmee has directed films like Ready (2011), Welcome (2007), and even, No Entry (2005) among others. He returns to directing after 4 years and this is what he has to serve people. The 2nd half is where Welcome Back starts to shake and the last 30 minutes are so bad that it looks like that part was written and directed by a 5 year old. The way Naseeruddin Shah gets his eyesight back reminded me of Amar Akbar Anthony.
There are way too many songs and way too many pakao jokes, double meaning jokes and it feels like punches being thrown at your face. The background score isn't great, the script lacked originality, and was way off the mark when compared to Welcome.
This was supposed to be Shiney Ahuja's comeback that would have got him other Bollywood projects, but looks like it will take some time now for him to do so. This film has such good senior actors who have been wasted in such a way that you feel bad for them.
If it didn't have the end it has and was a bit different in the last 30 minutes, then Welcome Back would have deserved some points. But I don't recommend watching this one and instead do something else.
At 152 minutes, this feels way too long and during the time of writing this post it has an IMDb rating of 5.1/10, which I think is way higher than this film deserves. Disappointed with what director Anees Bazmee had to serve and if it gets a sequel, I would think twice about watching it.