Welcome Back Movie Review

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Welcome Back Movie Poster
Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:40:58.1270000 IST

With great expectations, one extends a warm WELCOME BACK to the team of the super hit WELCOME (Firoz Nadiadwala and Anees Bazmee), the music of which was indeed chartbusting. And therefore one expects that the host of composers would provide the same for the rollicking laugh riot.


The wedding song, 'Tutti Bole Wedding Di' by Meet Bros Anjjan tries hard to bring the mast atmosphere of the great Punjabi marriage ceremony but the hookline and rhythm is not really catchy. The song rendered with zest by the composers, Shipra Goyal, Ashish, Ved, Ruchir and Ambresh has really come across good on the screen due to the presence of all the stars and some nice choreography.

Anu Malik throws all his experience in the raunchy item number, '20-20' right from the start ('Saajan Mera Us Par Hai' harmonium tune) and incorporates popular traditional 'qawwali' numbers like 'Hamein Toh Loot Liya' and 'Haseeno Ko Aate Hai' to good effect. Mamta Sharma is in full form and Anu and Shadaab extend creditable support. The double meaning lyrics are a bit of a dampener.

There are three versions of the theme of WELCOME BACK and naturally the chartbusting WELCOME signature tune is the backbone of the songs. The first one by Mika Singh, Geeta Jhala and Music Mg is a bit tame, the second, WELCOME BACK-Beat Mix, by the same team is more club friendly and the third version by Abhishek Ray makes for an interesting hear.

Siddhant Madhav's 'Meet Mein Daily Baby' starts off with a recreation of Pritam's 'Zara Zara Touch Me' (RACE) but thankfully changes track but nevertheless offers nothing that is not heard before. The composer, Pawani A Pandey and Hyacinth D' Souza render the song.

The second version 'Meet Mein Daily- Beat Mix' makes for a good repeat hear. Harshit Saxena comes behind the mike this time around.

Anu Malik's Mumbaiyya tapori fun song, 'Time Lagaye Kaiko' is good time pass and John Abraham does an able job behind the mike with good support from Anmol Malik. It's almost in the same corridor as Aamir's 'Aati Kya Khandala'. Nitin Raikwar (who incidentally was the lyricist for 'Aati Kya Khandala') does a good job with the Mumbaiyya lingo.

Meet Bros Anjjan's party song, 'Nas Nas Mein' banks on a very heard before tune ('Yeh Din Toh Aata Hai Ek Din Jawani Mein') but overall the packaging is good. The composers, Shadab Sabri, Rani Hazarika and Deanne Sequeira all join the party.

The iconic sufi composition, 'Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar' has been put to good use in the Mika and Yo Yo Honey Singh rendered song. One must commend Yo Yo for his novel and soulful sufi rap.

Overall, the great expectations are not exactly met with in the audio of WELCOME BACK (especially if compared to the chartbusting WELCOME), which in a nutshell, is like old wine in a new bottle, as the packaging is good but the tunes are not fresh. However the songs do have the capacity to attain popularity and our picks are '20-20', 'Time Lagaye Kaiko' and 'Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar'. The film releases all over on 4th September.

Music Review Rating Chart:-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below

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.


One song goes thus:
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!

Rating 2/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Dimple Kapadia, Ankita Shrivastava and Naseeruddin Shah
  • Lyrics: Kumaar, Nitin Raikwar, Manoj Muntashir and Shabbir Ahmed
  • Director: Anees Bazmee
  • Music Director: Meet Bros Anjjan, Anu Malik, Amaal Malik and Mika Singh
  • Release Date : 04 Sep 2015