Cape Times

An overblown, unsubtle Bollywood comedy sequel

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This film is replete with errors, huge plot holes and illogical sequences

WELCOME BACK. Directed by Anees Bazmee, with Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, John Abraham, Shruti Hassan, Dimple Kapadia, Naseeruddi­n Shah, Ankita Srivastava, Shiney Ahuja. At Ster–Kinekor Cavendish Square. sister Ranjana. They seek out the help of Dr Gunghroo who helped them find a husband for the other sister in the original film. Lucky for them he has just found out that his wife has a son from a previous affair and thus a union is thrust upon him. What he and his prospectiv­e in – laws are unaware of is that the incumbent groom is Mumbai’s king of the underworld, a street smart thug.

Throw in a couple of female con artistes who have their designs on Uday and Majnu’s wealth, a blind don and his druggie son and so the comedy of errors ensues. But this comedy is replete with errors, huge plot holes and illogical sequences and then there’s that exhausting 150 minute duration that cannot contain the flimsy story.

There are some laugh out loud moments played to the hilt, especially by Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar and Paresh Rawal, but they are few and far between. The other artistes simply ham it up, obviously only too happy to be filming in the exotic locations of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Technical aspects are average with some of the effects work very shoddy for a seemingly big budget production. Cinematogr­apher Kabir Lal does justice in capturing the beauty of the foreign locations. Music by a variety of composers is a hit and miss affair with no song really standing out as a clear winner. But song sequences do come along at the drop of a hat and no thought for continuity. Characters simply break into song at the whim and fancy of the director. The writing is lazy and predictabl­e. While this is a “leave your brains at the door” type of comedy, one would still appreciate a sense of intelligen­t writing.

Nothing much makes sense in this tedious film which has a climax throwing in everything including the kitchen sink. All of the adventure desert sports that one could come across in Dubai and then some get thrown in at the end, simply because the filmmakers thought it would look cool on film.

This sequel overstays its welcome by far.

 ??  ?? TEDIOUS: The film features an ensemble cast, but wastes their talent.
TEDIOUS: The film features an ensemble cast, but wastes their talent.

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