A bunch of senior citizens (Anil Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia and Naseeruddin Shah) have been left loose by Anees Bazmee on screen. Behind the screen, where music is supposed to play, Bazmee has gathered an assortment of musicians to score a score so loud and jarring that you wonder what happened to the music of this film! There’s also a lyricist who seems to be having fun, rather than writing lyrics for a Bollywood film.
Aye Main Hoon Soda Toofani; Main Hoon Carrom Ki Rani; Main Hoon Tikhi Kachori; Muh Mein Aa Jaaye Paani; Main Wo Maachis Ki Tili; Jala Doon Beedi Mein Geeli; Rowdy Mere Chakkar Mein Senti Hua. Main Bubbly Hui, Tu Bunty Huaa; Band Kamre Mein 20 20 Huaa!
Another goes like this:
Shaadi Mumbai Mein Karenge; Honeymoon Dubai Ko; Itni Jaldi Kaiko Arey Banu Main Teri Baiko!
And yet another one…
Baby Main Thirsty; Teri Nas Nas Mein Ghus Jaaun; Don’t Keep Mein Waiting Warna Tujhko Tadpaau; You Got To Grab Me; Or I Will Grab You Straight; Meri Pyaas Bujha De Ab Nahi Hoti Wait!
The movie itself is an assortment of scenes; a set-piece design. Each piece louder than the other. The laughs are there aplenty with below-the-belt humour that is sure to have the front-benchers reeling in delight.
As an audience, you marvel at the sheer audacity of this film to rope in some finest actors of our country and give them a scriptless stage. To the credit of these senior ctizens, it must be said that they make this film bearable, simply by their star power and acting prowess. All Bazmee had to do was place another character with acting capabilities in place of the girl who played the Maharani’s daughter. Even Rajpal Yadav who flits in and out, is confused by the plot, but nevertheless leaves us amused.
Primarily, this film has been shot in Dubai. The long litany of ‘Thank Yous’ in the beginning is testimony to that. But what Bazmee shows of this splendid international destination is the gaudy interiors of a hotel (was this Dubai?) a tall building (was this Burj Khalifa?) and two fancy cars stopping in front of a hotel and the senior citizens coming out in slo mo. The only thing they showed at length in the movie which confirms the fact that this was shot in Dubai is the dessert. But even singer Raageshwari’s video shot by her brother Rishabh Loomba a few years ago made the desert look appealing! Otherwise, this movie could have been shot in a studio in Chandivali in Mumbai.
WELCOME BACK is not a patch on WELCOME (2007). John Abraham [the one referring to the cast as senior citizens] is seen here as the Mumbai bhai. His acting is a cross between Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor. Hum Ko, Tum Ko, Kai Ko, Apun Ko flows freely (is he reinventing himself?) Shruti Haasan needs to have a session with her parents (Sarika and Kamal Haasan) for diction, body language and dialogue delivery. Just putting all her time and energies on her looks is not going to get her anywhere. She looks completely different from what we saw her on screen in her first film, LUCK. [She looked warm, sensuous and had screen presence then].
There’s also Shiney Ahuja, the best thing to have happened to this film. A fantastic act.
For him alone, I say WELCOME BACK!
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