Welcome Back – Hamming Galore

Welcome Back gives you a sense of Deja vú. You feel like you are watching Welcome, again. Having said that, I wouldn’t call it a bad movie. You can watch it for the sheer presence of the evergreen Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar. As for John Abraham,  I think he should stick to producing movies, which he does best (Vicky Donor and Madras Café are proof to that). Act, he must not! Thankfully, his role is not too elaborate and he appears for very less time in the movie.Shruti Haasan is painfully bad, considering she has a great inspiration and a possible teacher in acting, right at home. She still has a long way to go before being called an actress.

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The story is juvenile but thankfully has a fast pace,  which is the saving grace here. Mallika Sherawat makes her absence felt in this one as her part is replaced by a lacklustre newbie, who’s the love interest for now reformed Uday and Majnu bhai. Both bhai’s are the only saving grace in the movie and together they make Welcome Back somewhat watchable.

The talents of Veterans like Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal and Dimple Kapadia are wasted but they still manage to steal the thunder in some scenes. Welcome at least had Akshay Kumar but in the sequel, casting John the ‘Hammer’ seems to be the gravest mistake, not forgetting the Haasan disaster.

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Towards the end, you can hear a few laughs from the audience at the silly but somewhat entertaining climax. To sum it, I wouldn’t recommend watching this movie in the theatre and judging by its content and the way things move in the movie world, you may be able to see it on TV next month. You can catch up with the buffoonery then!

My Rating: 2/5

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