WELCOME has turned out to be the last super hit of 2007 and is now a worthy competitor to surpass the total collections of films like CHAK DE INDIA and PARTNER (both in the range of 60-65 crores). While the 85 crore total of OM SHANTI OM may not really be manageable, the film is truly on its way to be the biggest ever grosser of Akshay Kumar.
While this is quite good for Akshay because the film consolidates his box office status with due respect to the pull that he managed for WELCOME, the fact remains that Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor have turned out to be the biggest stars and gainers of WELCOME.
No, it's not about Akshay Kumar underperforming or getting shortchanged with his role. It is the beauty of the script that has enabled Nana and Anil to rule the show with Akshay graciously making way for the character to talk more than his star status.
Nana and Anil have won the hearts of the audience and are enticing them for a repeat visit. That's because they have the most hilarious scenes to their credit with their one liners getting the house on fire from the first till the last frame of the film.