Monday, June 1, 2015

Review of Welcome 2 Karachi

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Cast: Arshad Warsi (Shammi), Jackky Bhagnani (Kedar Patel), Lauren Gottieb, Kirris Riviere, Ayub Khoso, Adnan Shah, Imran Hasnee, Dalip Tahil
Direction: Ashish R Mohan
Produced by: Vashu Bhagnani
Written by: Vrajesh Hirjee
Screenplay: Kushal Bakshi, Ashish R Mohan
Release Date: 29th  May, 2015
Language: Hindi

Welcome 2 Karachi is a comedy film by Ashish R Mohan. Occasional hilarious scenes might leave you in splits, but otherwise, the movie fails in its genre. It turns out be a very average movie. Welcome 2 Karachi does an attempt to add humour to India-Pakistan feud, Taliban Issue, American’s interventions, but these all turn out to be merely over-the-top drama. The opening credits itself do not generate any curiosity but are set up in an inferior tone.

Kedar Patel (Jackky Bagnani), son of a businessman, gets his US visa rejected for the third time. His good friend and ex-navy professional Shammi (Arshad Warsi) suggests to go to USA by cruise, if not by air. But an accident makes them arrive at Karachi. When they learn that they are in Karachi, both of them in their attempt to come back to India, goof up the whole thing. They are mistaken to be intruders from across the border. Lauren plays the role of Investigation officer who is sure that these two people (Shammi and Kedar) might be a threat to their country.

Kedar is dumb and Shammi is loud-mouthed which land them in unforeseen situations. They both definitely generate laughter through some scenes when they accidentally get trapped sometimes amongst Pathans / Mujahideens / Police officers / Talibans etc. Taliban Camp Scene is worth mention, though looks very unreal, but it was so funny.

Both Arshad and Jacky are good. We have seen this Arshad earlier also, but as far as Jackky is concerned, he also has shown good comic timings. The movie just projected some plots / sub plots, even attempted to present a satire on so many pertinent issues, but somewhere, the passion got lost in storytelling and the output turned to be very mediocre. Music is below average and an unwanted item number ‘Shakira’ (by Lauren) was inserted.

Welcome 2 Karachi, in spite of hilarious moments and with Arshad and Jacky in the lead, fails to take off !

Rating: 2.5/5 (Average +)