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Welcome Back fails to create the 2007 magic :Movie Review

Welcome Back fails to create the 2007 magic but has comic punches nevertheless

Basking in the glory of the original 2007 film Welcome, Welcome Back opened to an impressive crowd last Friday. But is the film impressive as a sequel? Let us find out.

Welcome Back has most of the core cast intact barring a few - Shruti Hassan and John Abraham are the lovers in the place of Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif and Naseeruddin Shah fills in for the late Feroze Khan. In this installation, Uday (Nana Patekar) and Majnu (Anil Kapoor) have left their underground days behind and are leading a respectable lives in Dubai. They are on the verge of getting married (rather conned) when enters their step sister Ranjana (Shruti). The onus is now on the brothers to find a groom from a respectable family for her. Like the original, there is a common love interest for both the reformed gangsters in Babita (Ankita). Along with her mother Dimple Kapadi, she plans to siphon off money from the duo.

John Abraham plays the love interest but the brothers are opposed to the idea of this Mumbai goon marrying their sister. The story has a sub plot when Underworld don Wanted Bhai’s (naseer) drug addict son Honey (Shiney Ahuja) falls in love with Shruti Hassan. And the confusion begins.

The story is heavily based on the original film with plots getting too predictable. There are instances where the jokes are stale and you are only laughing at them forcefully (to make it worth your money). The songs in many places are forced and could have been avoided to reduce the length of the film. Expensive villas and locations in Dubai act as a background to the predictable storyline and have been shot well.

As for acting, Nana and Anil manage the whole film on their shoulders and deliver brilliant performances. Their comic timing is commendable and they have some of the best punch lines in the film. Paresh Rawal as Doctor Ghungroo delivers what is expected of him and doesn't disappoint. John barely fits in the comic ensemble and Shruti manages to look pretty in the film. Akshay Kumar and his antics are missed throughout the film.

Watch it for the love of the original 2007 original and we are sure the eight year old film will continue to be among your favourite comedy films. Uday and Majnu entertain you till the last shot!

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