Welcome is an above average time pass comic caper. It may not have an intelligent script but the gags, dialogues and performances make the screenplay entertaining. It is a multi-starrer which manages to entertain the audiences for most part. It is inspired from the Hollywood film Mickey Blue Eyes and involves the tried and tested formula for comedy films. Welcome may have an extremely juvenile script, but the screenplay is filled with comic as well as chaotic sequences which make audiences laugh out loud. Dialogues too are witty at places and performances by senior actors like Nana Patekar as well as Anil Kapoor lift the film. Overall the film makes for time-pass entertainment; it is energetic and peppy which livens it up.

The film has been produced by Firoz Nadiadwala and directed by Anees Bazmee. The story and screenplay have been done by Praful Parikh, Rajiv Kaul, and Anees Bazmee. The star cast consists of Feroz Khan as Sikander, Anil Kapoor as Majnu, NanaPatekar as Uday Shetty, Akshay Kumar as Rajiv, Katrina Kaif as Sanjana, Mallika Sherawat as Ishika, Paresh Rawal as Dr.Ghungroo etc. The music for the film has been composed by Sajid, Wajid, Himesh Reshammiya and Anand Raj.

Uday Shetty and Majnu are gangsters but with a heart of gold. They want to get their sister Sanjana married to a decent boy and into a respectable family. Uday comes across just the decent boy, Rajiv for Sanjana. Meanwhile Sanjana is unaware of her brother's plans and she too meets Rajiv separately and they fall in love with each other. Rajiv's uncle, the respectable Dr. Ghungroo approves of Sanjana but later on when he finds out that she belongs to a mafia family, he disapproves of their relationship.

So now Sanjana's brothers Majnu and Uday Shetty have to convince the stern and law abiding Dr. Ghungroo to accept Sanjana. And when they learn that he won't bend to their threats, they are forced to change their tactics and adopt a different approach. Meanwhile Sanjana and Rajiv are also trying to convince Dr.Ghungroo. However things take a different and mad turn when Ishika enters the drama claiming to be Rajiv's wife. But at the same time she strikes up a romantic alliance with Uday and Majnu who are besotted with her. A whirlwind of mad cap sequences follow as the drama unfolds.

Writers Praful, Rajiv and Anees manage to come up with a script that involves high drama, enthusiasm and mad sequences. Anees Bazmee's execution too is adequate and he handles the drama and comedy with finesse. The sequences involving the introduction of Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor, Feroz Khan etc are funny and entertaining. The drama is kept alive right through the film and the gags are all well paced within it. There is plenty of enthusiasm and energy within the screenplay which makes it peppy.

However there are a few drawbacks, some gags have been done to death, some of the actors also tend to ham and go overboard with their comic timing. The pace dips in between but is later revived. However the climax at the end seems extremely childish and unbelievable.

Performances are fine, with senior actor Nana Patekar delivering a fine performance; he pulls of the gags with a straight face which makes them truly funny. Anil Kapoor too is in form and he has plenty of witty one liners that bring the house down. Paresh Rawal is first rate as usual. Akshay delivers an average performance and Katrina is satisfactory even though she does not have many funny lines. Mallika Sherawat is fine as she carries off her role with confidence. Feroz Khan is fare.

Welcome is a time pass flick, it is entertaining and will definitely appeal to the masses. At the box-office it has already had a good opening and as it is the festive season, this comedy will truly be appreciated. An amusing, enjoyable and above average film.

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