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Movie Review: Welcome Back (2015)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: Above Avg.

Welcome Back PosterWELCOME BACK starts off with the picturesque Dubai and the grand entry of the ‘now-transformed-but-still-unmarried’ Uday Shetty (Nana Patekar) and Majnu Pandey (Anil Kapoor). Just as these dons start enjoying their reformed ‘clean’ lives as respectable members of society, there enters Babita aka Rajkumari Chandni (Ankita Shrivastava) and her gorgeous mother Poonam aka Maharani (Dimple Kapadia). Even though they claim to be the princess and Maharani of Najafgadh, the actual fact remains that they are thugs of the highest order whose main motive is to con the rich men and siphon off their money. Unaware of their background, Uday and Majnu fall in love with the Rajkumari, so much so that there comes a situation when their best friendship is at stake. Just when Uday and Majnu initiate their matrimonial meet with Rajkumari and Maharani, there enters Uday’s ‘poor’ father (Nana Patekar in a double role), who ‘thrusts’ the responsibility of his daughter Ranjhana’s (Shruti Haasan) marriage to Uday and Majnu. Seizing this opportunity, Maharani lays a condition that her ‘princess’ daughter’s wedding with either Majnu or Uday will happen only after Ranjhana’s wedding. In the meantime, due to certain circumstances and situational misunderstandings, Ranjhana falls in love with Ajju bhai (John Abraham) who is a Mumbai based goon and also Dr. Ghungroo (Paresh Rawal)’s step son from Mrs. Ghungroo (Supriya Karnik). In order to create a good impression before Uday and Majnu, Ajju ‘disguises’ himself as a decent, sober, well-mannered guy when he comes to Dubai. But when Uday and Majnu discover Ajju’s true identity, hell breaks loose and they seek the help of the deadly Wanted Bhai (Naseeruddin Shah) in order to eliminate Ajju. Things take an unexpected u-turn when they realize that Wanted Bhai’s only son (Shiney Ahuja) is not just a drug addict, but also blindly in love with Ranjhana. Will the ‘still-bachelors’ Uday and Majnu ultimately find love, will they ever discover Maharani and Chandni’s true identities, will it be Ajju or Wanted Bhai’s son who will win over Ranjhana and a comedy of errors is what forms the rest of the film.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Leave your brains behind to enjoy the film”
filmfare
3.5 “if you enjoy slapstick comedy that defies logic and have enjoyed WELCOME, then WELCOME BACK is surely a paisa vasool entertainer for you.”
Bollywood Hungama
3.0 “What makes Welcome Back different is that director Anees Bazmee promises a senseless comedy, he delivers one. No logic, just irrational laughter. “
nowrunning
3.0 “This constantly hyperbolic film- at all times- is loud, unsubtle and silly. “
Sify
3.0 “Want to crack a rib with laughter fit? Watch it!”
zeenews
3.0 “Overall, it’s a fun watch which will keep you snorting and giggling even after you exit the theatre.”
Mid-Day
Average Reviews
2.5 “Go for this one only if you missed the lovable bhais Majnu and Uday all these years after Welcome released.”
movietalkies
2.5 “Watch it only if you’re in the mood for brain-dead humour”
dnaindia
2.5 “A welcomed sequel which tickles the funny bone”
indiatoday
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Welcome Back is dumb yet entertaining, utterly silly but made with a kind of absurd, warm energy”
Rediff
2.0 “Welcome Back is stuck in the past. Why go there? “
NDTV
2.0 “WELCOME BACK is not a patch on WELCOME but Anees Bazmee’s film itself is an assortment of scenes; a set-piece design”
Glamsham
2.0 “A sequel which is very hard to welcome back”
indiatvnews
2.0 “Mind-Numbingly Dull & Boring.”
filmibeat
2.0 “The sheer crassness that can be portrayed as comedy. “
koimoi
2.0 “Welcome Back is a no brainer, a masala entertainer”
masala
1.5 “Besides one fairly well executed scene in a graveyard, this is a puerile effort that’s an unwelcome assault.”
yahoo
1.5 “Not a warm welcome.”
deccanchronicle
1.5 “Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, John Abraham film is not so ‘welcome’”
indianexpress

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