For all you artsy, intellectual, sophisticated film-watchers – ‘Welcome’ to the other side! 😉
Rating – 3 / 5
A film with a title that’s pretty much inviting you with open arms to join in and celebrate commotion – Welcome gives you full permission to lock up your brain at home and simply blow off some steam with some sleazy cheap jokes, erratic plot twists and Anil & Nana’s gunda avatars.
To explain the plot in a few words (which seems kind of impossible), Dr. Ghungroo (Paresh Rawal) is on the hunt for a very “shareef” bride for his nephew, Rajiv (Akshay Kumar), who, due to a twist of fate, happens to fall head over heels for Sanjana (Katrina Kaif), who then happens to be the sister of a mega-don, Uday Shetty (Nana Patekar). And so the chaos begins…
This 2007 film is nothing more than a string of semi-slapstick elements tied together, but still has the power to remain in your long-term memory (even after 11 years!). Whether it’s that classic Paresh Rawal pervert head-turn, Nana Patekar’s “Control Uday”, Anil Kapoor’s brilliant and effortless tapori enactment or Feroz Khan’s “abhi hum zinda hai!” Every stupid, bizarre, non-intellectual piece of the film ends up staying with you long after you’ve watched it.
Bhagwaan ka diya hua sab kuch hai! Daulat hai, shaulat hai…izzat hai!
No particular actor stands out as such, not even the leads. Instead, each actor rescues the other by taking over as soon as one of their roles gets saturated and the obvious differences in the characters’ personalities aid in executing a more powerful performance holistically. Although, I must say Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor make the most lovable gangster duo possible and Akshay & Kat’s unbearably hot chemistry cannot be missed.
The film’s accuracy extends to its playlist. Hoth Rasiley, Ucha Lamba Kad, Insha Allah, as well as the title track – each senseless but catchy song fits its purpose and position perfectly, keeping the audience completely consumed and entertained right until the end credits.
An accurately epic movie that plays around with disruption in the most adorable way possible. Highly, highly recommended!