Welcome Back (film)

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Welcome Back
Welcome Back First Look Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anees Bazmee
Produced by Firoz Nadiadwala
Written by Raj Shandaliya (dialogue)
Screenplay by Anees Bazmee
Rajiv Kaul
Rajan Aggarwal
Praful Parekh
Story by Anees Bazmee
Rajiv Kaul
Starring Anil Kapoor
Nana Patekar
John Abraham
Shruti Haasan
Shiney Ahuja[1]
Paresh Rawal
Naseeruddin Shah
Music by Meet Bros Anjjan, Anu Malik, Abhishek Ray
Cinematography Kabir Lal
Edited by Steven Bernard
Production
company
Base Industries Group
Distributed by Eros International
Release dates
  • 4 September 2015 (2015-09-04)
Running time
152 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 88 crore (US$13 million)[2]
Box office est. 133.26 crore (US$20 million)[3]

Welcome Back is an Indian action comedy film directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by Firoz Nadiadwala, released in 2015. It is a sequel to Welcome and the second installment of Welcome film series.[4] It features an ensemble cast that includes Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Paresh Rawal, Dimple Kapadia and Naseeruddin Shah.[5][6] While Kapoor, Patekar and Rawal have reprised their roles from the 2007 film Welcome,[7] Abraham and Hassan are new additions to the lead cast.[8] Made on a budget of US$16 million, the film was largely shot in and around Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Welcome Back was released worldwide on 4 September 2015.[9][10]

Plot[edit]

Uday Shetty (Nana Patekar) and Majnu Bhai (Anil Kapoor) end a life of crime and become honest businessmen, settling in Dubai. Two conwomen from India, Poonam (Dimple Kapadia) and Babita (Ankita Shrivastava), present themselves as Maharani Padmavati and Rajkumari Chandini of Najafgarh in order to con Uday and Majnu of their money. Babita causes the two men to fall in love with her, thus getting them to finance herself and Poonam's luxurious lifestyle. Later, it is revealed that Uday has another sister Ranjana (Shruti Haasan) from his father's third marriage and Majnu and Uday are emotionally blackmailed by Uday's father into arranging the marriage of Ranjana and are also forced to do so as Poonam makes that one of her conditions for getting Babita married to either one of them.

The movie then shifts to Dr. Ghunguroo (Paresh Rawal), who has found out that he has a step son from his wife's previous marriage, Ajju a.k.a Ajay (John Abraham). Ajju is a local goon of Mumbai, where Ranjana studies. Through a chain of hilarious events, they both fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Majnu and Uday arrange the marriage of Ranjana with the step-son of Doctor Ghunguroo, not knowing that he is a goon. However, at the engagement ceremony, Majnu reveals the truth of Ajju, to which Ajju resists with a fight, threatening to marry Ranjana without any of the brothers' consent.

In order to keep Ajju at bay, Uday and Majnu visit Wanted Bhai, (Naseeruddin Shah), who is an infamous blind don. The brothers are shocked to find that Wanted's son Honey (Shiney Ahuja) likes Ranjana and would like to marry her. They decide to arrange the marriage of Ranjana to some other decent man, in order to sidestep Ajju as well as Wanted's son. However, due to Ajju and Dr. Ghunguroo, who are in league with Babita and Poonam, they are caught by Wanted Bhai, who summons them to his island.

There, Ajju and Dr. Ghunguroo try to convince Honey that he no longer loves Ranjana and that Babita is his true love. Meanwhile, Uday and Majnu try to kill Ajju, but are frightened at the graveyard in a ghost act planned by Dr. Ghunguroo, Ajju and Ranjana. Unbeknownst to all of them, their activities have been recorded by closed-circuit television, causing Wanted Bhai and Honey to plan to finish them off. However, in a hilarious climax scene, Honey is kidnapped by all of them and they escape towards the desert where they are chased by Wanted Bhai. In the midst of saving himself, Dr. Ghunguroo pushes Wanted Bhai, causing him to faint. Meanwhile, a group of camels heavily march there. Ajju is successful in saving Wanted Bhai from the stampede of camels, and restoring his sight. Wanted Bhai himself, as a form of gratitude, arranges the marriage of Ajju with Ranjana, calling Ajju his 'second son'.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

A large portion of Welcome Back was shot in the United Arab Emirates.[11] It is the first Bollywood film to be shot inside the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Later, a replica of the Emirates Palace was re-created in Mumbai's Film City to shoot the song "Tutti".[4] A comedy sequence was shot at The Meydan, the world's first five-star track-side hotel, situated at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.[4] Other filming locations include the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, the Sofitel Hotel – The Palm, the Grand Hyatt Hotel, the Burj Khalifa and Rixos The Palm Dubai.[11] A particular scene was shot in Dubai's Margham Desert, with 1000 camels being arranged for it.[4] It was reported that a pivotal scene was shot on the personal yacht of the Royal Family of Dubai, Al Maktoum.[12] Furthermore, it was said that limited edition luxury and sports automobiles including a Ferrari Spider, a Mansory Carbonado Apertos, an Aston Martin One-77 and a Rolls-Royce Phantom were used in the film.[13]

Soundtrack[edit]

Welcome Back
Soundtrack album by Anu Malik
Released 6 August 2015 (2015-08-06)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 46:11
Label T-Series
Anu Malik chronology
Dum Laga Ke Haisha
(2015)
Welcome Back
(2015)
Hera Pheri 3
(2015)

The soundtrack for Welcome Back was composed by seven artists: Meet Bros Anjjan, Anu Malik, Mika Singh (each one song in collaboration with Yo Yo Honey Singh and Milind Gaba, Abhishek Ray and Siddhant Madhav. The lyrics were written by Kumaar and Manoj Muntashir. The music rights for the film were acquired by T-Series. The full audio album was released on 6 August 2015.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Tutti Bole Wedding Di"   Meet Bros, Shipra Goyal 04:23
2. "20-20"   Mamta Sharma, Anu Malik, Shadaab 05:56
3. "Welcome Back (Title Track)"   Mika Singh, Geeta Jhala, Music Mg. 04:38
4. "Meet Me Daily Baby"   Siddhant Madhav, Pawni A Pandey, Hyacinth Dsouza 04:57
5. "Time Lagaye Kaiko"   John Abraham, Anmol Malik 05:42
6. "Nas Nas Mein"   Meet Bros Anjjan, Shabab Sabri, Rani Hazarika, Deane Sequeira 04:23
7. "Welcome Back (Beat Mix)"   Mika Singh, Geeta Jhala, Music Mg. 03:40
8. "Meet Me Daily Baby (Beat Mix)"   Harshit Saxena, Pawni A Pandey, Hyacinth Dsouza 04:57
9. "Welcome Back (Theme)"   Abhishek Ray 03:48
10. "Tutti Bole Wedding Di (MB Swag)"   Meet Bros, Shipra Goyal, Ambresh, Ved, Ashish, Ruchir & Bipin 03:52
Total length:
46:29

Critical reception[edit]

Bollywood Hungama gave the film 3.5 stars out of and wrote, "if you enjoy slapstick comedy that defies logic and have enjoyed Welcome, then Welcome Back is surely a paisa vasool entertainer for you".[14] Dhriti Sharma, writing for Zee News, stated, Welcome Back is vibrant and the ensemble cast keeps it gripping. The screenplay is brilliant, just a little bit of loops in editing in the first song. The comic flavour of the movie has been kept intact and the direction has been profoundly beaded into scenes".[15] Ananya Bhattacharya from India Today gave it 3 stars out of and wrote, "Welcome Back is quite the laugh riot that can de-stress you after the atrocities of the week. Leave the brains aside, and you have (at least) two hours of hardcore fun".[16] Rohit Vats from Hindustan Times gave 2.5 out of and wrote, "Welcome Back is funny in parts, but that Welcome fluidity is missing big time. There are moments but they are very limited in number. Welcome Back's pace is its biggest asset and that may make you enjoy this 153-minute long film".[17] Deepanjana Pal from Firstpost wrote, "At 153 minutes, Welcome Back is just a shade too long and the ending is a sandstorm of stupidity. But you'll forgive Bazmee and gang because for at least 120 minutes, this comedy keeps you in splits. Welcome Back might be 2015's silliest film and this is the best reason to watch it".[18] Shilpa Jamkhandikar, writing for Reuters, stated, "Welcome Back is sporadically funny, one that ebbs and flows; but it just about passes the 'guilty pleasure' test thanks to Kapoor and Patekar".[19] Filmfare wrote, "watch the film if you like cornball comedies. It's a pure massy, masala entertainer that's good to go on a lazy weekend".[20] Rediff's Raja Sen, while giving the film 2 stars out of 5, wrote, "Welcome Back is dumb yet entertaining, utterly silly but made with a kind of absurd, warm energy".[21] Shubha Shetty-Saha from Mid-day called the film "a blazing example of the 'Leave your brains at home' variety" and "a fun watch which will keep you snorting and giggling even after you exit the theatre".[22]

Shubhra Gupta writing for The Indian Express gave the film 1.5 stars out of 5 and stated, Welcome had a welcome lightness in most of its steps. And it made us laugh. Welcome Back, minus Akshay and Katrina, plus John and Shruti, and Dimple and a new girl, and Naseer and Shiney, clomps about, looking for the laughs. And failing, mostly, to find them".[23] Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV wrote, "nothing that this nonsensical action comedy unleashes, not even the in-form Anil Kapoor-Nana Patekar pair, can compensate for its absence of substance. Welcome Back...is as appealing as a dunk in a garbage dump".[24] Livemint's Uday Bhatia wrote, "Over its cruelly prolonged 150-minute running time, Welcome Back treats human intellect with the sort of disdain that's remarkable even for Bollywood. It's not just that these are old gags; they've been repurposed so lazily that you can see the actors tiring of a scene even as they perform it".[25]

Box office[edit]

The film has collected an estimated 133.26 crore (US$20 million) in 17 days.[3]

India[edit]

On its first day, the film grossed 14.35 crore (US$2.1 million),[3][26] while collecting 17.05 crore (US$2.5 million) on its second day[3][26] and 19.60 crore (US$2.9 million) on its third day.[3][26] Thus, its first weekend's domestic gross stands at 51 crore (US$7.6 million).[26] The film collected 73.75 crore (US$11 million) in its first week.[27] Welcome Back had 11.75 crore (US$1.7 million) nett in its second weekend with a total 10-day collection of 85 crore (US$13 million).[28] The film grossed around 96 crore (US$14 million) after three weeks and became the fourth highest grosser of the year.[29]

Overseas[edit]

On its first day, the film grossed 8 crore (US$1.2 million).On its second day, the film grossed 5 crore (US$740,000).On its third day, the film grossed 8.38 crore (US$1.2 million).Thus, its first weekend's overseas gross stands at 21.38 crore (US$3.2 million).[30] The film has collected $4.25 million plus in the first week.[31] The film collected $1.5 million apprx in gulf and $1 million in US/Canada.[31] The film collected around 6 crore (US$890,000) nett in its second weekend.[32]

Sequel[edit]

After the success of two films, makers are planning a third part of this franchise. Reportedly it has been titled Welcome to the Jungle.[33] Producer Firoz Nadiadwala said "It is an all-out action film featuring the army and features some of the most complicated stunts ever filmed in a Hindi movie."[34] Akshay Kumar, Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor and John Abraham will return for the third instalment.[34]

References[edit]

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