The 2007 blockbuster 'Welcome' directed by Aneez Bazmee was loved by one and all and so obviously there was much anticipation that its sequel 'Welcome Back' will be much more funnier, wackier and will have more slapstick humour than its predecessor. Well, all the anticipation has indeed come true as the film manages to deliver what was expected and does not let you down.
'Welcome Back' is the story of two former underworld dons Majnu Bhai (Anil Kapoor) and Uday Bhai (Nana Patekar) who have left the underworld and are now big businessmen. In a twist of fate, two conwomen Poonam (Dimple Kapadia) and her daughter Babita (Ankita Shrivastava) who's only aim is to con the rich men and siphon off their money, enter their lives disguised as Maharani and Rajkumari of Najafgadh respectively and both of the two aging former dons fall head over heels in love with Rajkumari and wish to marry her. But this is not all, as next enters Uday Bhai's father Shankar Shetty with his daughter Ranjana (Shruti Haasan), leaves the responsibility of her marriage on Uday's shoulders and leaves gleefully. This is when the Maharani puts forward a condition in front of Uday that only when he gets his sister Ranjana married, will she allow her daughter Rajkumari to get married to one of them. In the meanwhile, Ranjana due to some misunderstanding, falls in love with Ajju Bhai (John Abraham) who is the step-son of Dr. Ghungroo (Paresh Rawal). In order to create a good impression before Uday and Majnu, Ajju disguises himself as a decent, sober, well-mannered guy when he comes to Dubai. But when Uday and Majnu discover Ajju's true identity, hell breaks loose and they seek the help of the deadly Wanted Bhai (Naseeruddin Shah) in order to eliminate Ajju. Things take an unexpected u-turn when they realize that Wanted Bhai's only son (Shiney Ahuja) is not just a drug addict, but also blindly in love with Ranjana. Will the 'still-bachelors' Uday and Majnu ultimately find love, will they ever discover Maharani and Chandni's true identities, will it be Ajju or Wanted Bhai's son who will win over Ranjana and a comedy of errors is what forms the rest of the film.
Coming to terms with the acting part in the film, it is the two veterans Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar who carry the film entirely on their shoulders. The two heavyweights gel very well and the chemisty between them onscreen is also worth mentioning. Both of them are back in fine form and manage to leave the audience in splits with some very good, outrageously hilarious and funny slapstick dialogues. John Abraham also manages to do justice to his role as he plays the character of Ajju Bhai quite well and does not let you down. Shruti Haasan frankly needs to polish her acting skills a little bit. Veteran actress Dimple Kapadia plays her part nicely, although she does not have much to do in the film and sometimes it seems as if she has been wasted. The versatile Naseeruddin Shah as Wanted Bhai too is quite funny and he carries the second half of the film partly on his shoulders. Shiney Ahuja is strictly okay. The newcomer Ankita Shrivastava as Rajkumari fails to impress as she has done more of skin show and less of acting. Rest of the supporting cast are pretty decent.
The cinematography of the film handled by Kabir Lal is worth appreciating as all the picturesque locations in the film including the Arabian Desert and others have been shot very nicely indeed. Editing by Steven Bernard could have been a bit crispier as the film slightly tends to get stretchy sometimes but only till negligible limits. Music in the film is a big letdown as none of the songs are worth mentioning or appreciation. The biggest plus point of the film are its wacky, outrageous and hilarious one-liners which will leave you in splits and ROFL too sometimes.
All said and done, 'Welcome Back' might click with the audience mainly because of the charming dons Majnu Bhai and Uday Bhai as both Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar are the icing on the cake in the film and they indeed devour the cake whole with their wacky one-liners and tickle your funny bone throughout the film. It's a light hearted comic caper which can kill some of your idle and monotonous time. So, if you are a fan of slapstick humour, do book your tickets for this one.