Welcome Back : To Mediocrity

Welcome Back : To Mediocrity

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Welcome starring Akshay Kumar in the lead role along with Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar was a bizarre slapstick comedy that had ample moments for us to do facepalms rather than laughs. Aneez Bazmee makes a sequel to Welcome in the form of Welcome Back seven years later and the result has no improvement except for a much elaborate starcast. Lets look at the reasons that makes this comedy a torturing one.

  1. The making of Aneez Bazmee is somewhat close to that of Sajid Khan’s style. Slapstick comedy gets pampered to reach another level of mediocrity. The visual improvisation he applies on screen may make you say the Uday bhai phrase “Control Aneez Control”.


  2. The script is a wayward write-up to create ridiculous foolishness on screen. The turn of events is lamely amateurish and the characters are too idiotic. It is one movie where thinking about the characters and their backdrop is a crime.


  3. Casting wise, I will have to say that Naseeruddin Shah, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal and Anil Kapoor may have enjoyed the time in the set filming this mediocre stuff, but for us viewers it’s a huge discomfort to see quality actors being given stupid roles.


  4. John Abraham was terrible in his character. The Bhai giri looked too artificial with that slang and tapori walk. He seemed to be casted only because of a muscular body. With the veterans handling the comedy neatly, John’s lackluster performance becomes annoying.


  5. The cinematography was poor. At some song sequences I could even see the low quality roofing of the sets. Low quality cams were used in some shots making the visuals quite dizzy.


  6. The visual effects department also gives a pathetic output making the killer imaginations of Bazmee look extremely shoddy on screen.


  7. The music department has only one catchy song, that too wont last for long. The other songs pops out at irrelevant spots either to increase the run time or to show the body of the heroines they hired for the movie.


The movie has a runtime of 153 minutes and in my opinion that is too much to torture. The aimless skit plot will be a comfortable watch in DVD format.