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Review: Welcome

Akshay Kumar has a flair for comedy but even that is beginning to bore which is quiet evident in Welcome. Khalid Mohamed tells us more.

movie reviews Updated: Dec 21, 2007 21:18 IST
Khalid Mohamed



Feroz Khan as RDX, Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor..oh forget it


Anees Bazmee



Yahoo, hit hai bhai hit. But is this cinema? Big name stars, some yawned-there-snored-there-slapstick-humour (car without brakes on Dubai streets), a child peeing into the camera, women as bheja bandhs and homophobic jokes calculated to get the gallery hooting against gays. You still want more downright rude-crude stuff?

Then it’s Anees Bazmee’s Welcome for you. Nana Patekar is a don (when is he not?). Anil Kapoor is a tapori don which is why he says, Jhakaas (now where did you hear that before?) and slams out dialogue such as, “You fruit without a tree, you box without a dhakan, you brain without a head.” Didn’t Kader Khan copyright that?

Paresh Rawal is Dr Ghungroo who is forced to perform death-defying stunts like Spiderman. Rawal’s a superb comedian, the best on display here. But hey sir, do you want to be remembered for this? Katrina Kaif is a lifetime’s supply of the shiniest lip gloss in the world. Mallika Sherawat is HAM.

Feroz Khan, to be polite, looks very under the weather. Akshay Kumar has a flair for comedy but even that is beginning to bore with a capital B.

Incidentally, Welcome is immune to such idiotic reviews like the one you’ve just read. Sure. But better to be an idiot than to laugh at a kid peeing into the camera.