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DIRECTOR Anees Bazmee

ACTORS John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Shruti Haasan, Paresh Rawal, Dimple Kapadia, Naseeruddin Shah, Ankita Srivastava, Shiney Ahuja

Welcome Back poster

With titles like Thank You, Welcome, Ready, No Entry, No Problem and Welcome Back to his credit, director Anees Bazmee doesn't need to look beyond his filmography to pen a book on how to get by in English. What he can also do justice to, is a paperback on how to pull off a sequel with a wafer-thin script, by leaning on performances and silly dialogues. One of the memorable ones include, "Maine vote daala nahin, toh mukhyamantri mera kaise hua?" a character argues, when his wife asks him to accept the son she had from a previous relationship. It also has songs like, 'Maa bunty hui, tu bubbly hua, bandh kamre mein 20-20 hua', which could just be the awkward Ganesh Visarjan number of the year.

If you haven't seen the first, this one is about Majnu (Anil Kapoor) and Uday (Nana Patekar), ex-dons, now hoteliers in Dubai, who are entrusted with the responsibility of getting their step-sister Ranjana (a blankly-staring Shruti Haasan) married. But now that they're 'shareef', they want to find her a groom who is one too. Their best plan: reaching out to Dr Ghungroo (Paresh Rawal), because he's so sanskari that "unke ghar mein machchar bhi ghunghat odhke udhte hain". And as the script writer would have it, Dr Ghungroo's wife has a love child who happens to be a muscular Ajjubhai (John Abraham), the most notorious bhai in Mumbai. Through a moronic coincidence, Ajjubhai and Ranjana fall for each other and what follows is nothing short of brain-blending. The sidetrack about Majnu and Uday's mutual love interest, a faux Rajkumari of Nazamgarh (Ankita Shrivastava; a Mallika Sherawat second copy) is repetitive if you've seen the first. Her partner in crime, the supposed Maharani (Dimple Kapadia) seems like a forced afterthought to legitimise the track.

Welcome Back song

If you need two reasons to watch this film, they would be Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar, both in top form. Their comic-timing, ability to own a scene and pack in punch lines with much enthusiasm, wins. As one of the most bankable actors in this genre, Paresh Rawal delivers on what is expected of him and doesn't disappoint his fans. John and Shruti don't bring much to the table but going by the first, neither did Akshay and Katrina in Welcome. 

Shiney Ahuja as a don's druggie son is insufferable and luckily, also forgettable. Naseeruddin Shah as his father, Wanted Bhai is wasted as a deranged don whose signature line, 'mazaak hai' perhaps refers to Mr Bazmee's approach to cinema. 

Raaj Shandilya's dialogues can be summed up as cheap insults that work despite being ridiculously silly. Even something as simple as Majnubhai referring to a portly bhai played by Neeraj Vora as 'moochwale bean bag' is gold. From the soundtrack, Time Lagaye Kaiko rhymes Kaiko with Baiko in John Abraham's voice. The item number 20-20 has six rejects from Calendar Girls who cumulatively don't manage the job of one.

Like many other Bazmee films, this one is a great Sunday afternoon watch at home. You can snooze off at any point, only to catch up on it the following Sunday on the same entertainment channel. But if you've had an exhausting week and need some laughs, leave your rational self at home and head for this brain-buster at a theatre near you.


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