Welcome Back (2015)

India| September 2015| 152 min| Hindi
Welcome Back (2015)
Genre Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Color Color
Certification India:UA , Canada:PG (British Columbia) , Ireland:12A , Singapore:PG
Locations Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Director Anees Bazmee
Lead Cast John Abraham, Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor, Shruti Haasan, Paresh Rawal
Trailer
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Plot Summary
The film brings back the two underworld dons - Uday Shetty and Majnu Bhai, who have now left the underworld and are run their own business in UAE. However, their lives turn upside down when two con women step into their lives in disguise of a princess and her mother.#This sequel of Welcome (2007), brings back the two Bhais (Underworld Don) - Uday Shetty (Nana Patekar) and Majnu Bhai (Anil Kapoor), who have now left the underworld and are run their own business in UAE. Although the two 'former' goons have left their days of crime behind and own a flourishing business, they haven't been so lucky in finding a suitable partner. At this time, two con women - Poonam (Ankita Shrivastava) and Babita (Dimple Kapadia) - step into their lives in disguise of a princess and Maharani of Nazafgarh. The duo, being desperate to get married, immediately get attracted to Maharani and fall into their traps. However, Shankar Shetty (Nana Patekar), Uday's father, plays spoilsport by revealing the fact that Uday has a step-sister, Ranjana (Shruti Haasan). With this twist in the story, Babita disguised as Maharani lays down a pre-condition that she will marry only after the marriage of Ranjana.

Meanwhile Dr Ghungroo (Paresh Rawal) finds out that his wife has a son from an extra-marital affair. This son has now grown into a Mumbai gangster Ajju Bhai (John Abraham), and knows Ranjana from before.

As Uday and Majnu start looking for a suitable groom for Ranjana, they come across Ajju as a potential suitor, however, Uday does not like Ajju, the latter being a gangster. A semi-blind don Wanted Bhai (Naseeruddin Shah) and his drug addict-son Honey (Shiney Ahuja) come into picture at this point and complicate things further. What remains to be seen is whether Wanted Bhai has a game plan, whether Ajju wins over Ranjana, and whether Uday and Majnu agree to get Ranjana married off to Ajju.
Trivia
While Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor and Paresh Rawal reprised their characters from the prequel Welcome (2007), the lead characters played by Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif were replaced.

Fardeen Khan was the intial choice for the role of Ajju Bhai as director Anees Bazmi had a very good relationship with Fardeen's later father Feroz Khan who was part of Welcome (2007), and wanted to continue the tradition by casting Fardeen. However, due to his commitment to home production, tentatively titled "Firauti", Fardeen chose not to come on board. John Abraham was then signed for the film.

Asin and Sonakshi Sinha were considered for playing the role of Ranjana, however due to their schedule clashes, the role was offered to Shruti Haasan.

John Abraham's tapori get-up in the film is believed to have inspired from Aamir Khan's look in Rangeela (1994).

This film marks actor Shiney Ahuja's comeback after he was convicted of raping his maid in 2009. Ahuja and family and friends claimed he was framed. Although the maid retracted her statement of having been raped later on, Ahuja, who had established himself as a prominent actor by then, was sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment by a sessions court, on basis of circumstantial evidence. He was however acquitted of charges of wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation. Ahuja filed an appeal against his conviction in the Bombay High Court. He was released on bail by the Bombay High Court, pending hearing of his appeal which was admitted in April 2011.

It is believed that Amitabh Bachchan was considered to portary the role of late Feroz Khan but he rejected the offer at the time Rekha was being considered to play the role of Babita / Maharani.

This film marks Bollywood debut for Anikta Shrivastav.

This film marks John Abraham's debut as a playback singer.

Background scorer Aadesh Shrivastav passed away a day after the film's release on 5th Sepetember 2015, after losing his battle to cancer.

Rajpal Yadav's radio act is said to be inspired from Aamir Khan's PK (2014).

Following the release of the film, trouble between the director and producer of the film surfaced in the media. Director Anees Bazmi, who remained at the helm of both releases of the franchise, accused producer Firoz Nadiadwala for not paying his dues, even though he gave three years of his life to the film and ensured a successful release. There was also a strong buzz that actors Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor too didn't receive the entire amount that they were promised. Apparently, Akshay Kumar, who was the male lead in Welcome (2007), had a fallout with Nadiadwala over payment issues which led to John Abraham replacing him in this film and upcoming release of Nadiadwala's another popular franchise Hera Pheri.

The un-edited version of the film had a dialogue "Andhera bahut hai Bhai, goggle utaar de warna izzat ka Asaram ho jayega", that referred to the self-proclaimed godman Asaram Bapu. Although he was arrested in August 2013, his ardent devotees made a protest against the makers of the film for using a dialogue that's demeaning to the reputation of the godman. The dialogue was eventually removed before the film was released.
John Abraham Ajju Bhai / Ajay Barsi
Nana Patekar Uday Shetty / Shankar Shetty
Anil Kapoor Sagar 'Majnu' Pandey
Shruti Haasan Ranjana Shetty
Paresh Rawal Dr Ghunghroo
Dimple Kapadia Poonam / Maharani
Naseeruddin Shah Wanted Bhai
Ankita Shrivastava Babita / Rajkumari Nandini
Shiney Ahuja Honey, Wanted Bhai's son
Supriya Karnik Mrs Ghunghroo
Rajpal Yadav Tailor
Neeraj Vora Baadshah bhai
Swantatra Bharat Uday's goon
Brahmanandam
Surveen Chawla special appearance in song 'Tutti Bole Wedding Di'
Snehal Dabi Majnu's goon
Reema Debnath special appearance in song '20-20'
Lauren Gottlieb special appearance in song '20-20'
Adi Irani Uday's lawyer
Javed Rizvi Jarehavi Javed, Ajju's dumb and deaf friend
Harry Josh Majnu's goon
Aslam Khan Aslam
Mushtaq Khan Ballu
Om Puri Narrator (voice)
Ranjeet Kapoor
Sambhavna Sheth
Sakshi Maggo special appearance in song '20-20'
Vijay Raaz
Director Anees Bazmee
Producer Firoz Nadiadwala
Executive Producer
Writer Anees Bazmee(story)
Rajeev Kaul(story)
Anees Bazmee(screenplay)
Rajeev Kaul(screenplay)
Rajan Aggarwal(screenplay)
Praful Parekh(screenplay)
Raaj Shaandilyaa(dialogue)
Lyricist Kumaar
Manvendra
Abhishek Ray
Manoj Muntashir
Shabbir Ahmed
Music MG
Arafat Mehmood
Nitin Raikwar
Amir Khusro
Bulleh Shah
Music Composer Meet Bros Anjjan
Abhishek Ray
Anu Malik
Mika Singh
Music MG
Siddhant Madhav
Yo Yo Honey SinghAdesh Shrivastava(background music)
Singers Meet Bros Anjjan
Shabab Sabri
Rani Hazarika
Deane Sequeira
Mika Singh
Yo Yo Honey Singh
Raja Virus
John Abraham
Anmol Malik
Siddhant Madhav
Pawni A Pandey
Hyacinth Dsouza
Geeta Jhala
Music MG
Mamta Sharma
Anu Malik
Shadaab Sabri
Abhishek Ray
Shipra Goyal
Choreographers Ganesh Acharya
Ahmed Khan
Cinematographer Kabir Lal
Action Director Abbas Ali Moghul
Film Editor Steven H Bernard
Casting Director Shahid Hasan
Production Designer Sailesh Mahadik
Art Director
Costume Designer
Production Companies Base Industries Group
Distributor Eros International
Song # 1Tutti Bole Wedding Di
Written byKumaar
Composed byMeet Bros Anjjan
Performed byMeet Bros,   Shipra Goyal
 
Song # 2Welcome Back (Theme Song)
Written byManvendra,   Abhishek Ray
Composed byAbhishek Ray
Performed byAbhishek Ray
 
Song # 320-20
Written byManoj Muntashir,   Shabbir Ahmed
Composed byAnu Malik
Performed byMamta Sharma,   Anu Malik,   Shadaab Sabri
 
Song # 4Welcome Back (Title Track)
Written byMusic MG
Composed byMika Singh,   Music MG
Performed byMika Singh,   Geeta Jhala,   Music MG
 
Song # 5Meet Me Daily Baby
Written byArafat Mehmood
Composed bySiddhant Madhav
Performed bySiddhant Madhav,   Pawni A Pandey,   Hyacinth Dsouza
 
Song # 6Time Lagaye Kaiko
Written byNitin Raikwar
Composed byAnu Malik
Performed byJohn Abraham,   Anmol Malik
 
Song # 7Nas Nas Mein
Written byKumaar
Composed byMeet Bros Anjjan
Performed byMeet Bros Anjjan,   Shabab Sabri,   Rani Hazarika,   Deane Sequeira
 
Song # 8Damaa Dam Mast Kalandar
Written byAmir Khusro,   Bulleh Shah,   Kumaar,   Yo Yo Honey Singh (rap)
Composed byMika Singh,   Yo Yo Honey Singh
Performed byMika Singh,   Yo Yo Honey Singh,   Raja Virus
 
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Reviews on external websites
All ratings are based on 5. NA indicates rating not available.

NDTV|Review by Saibal Chatterjee
When a movie idea overstays its welcome, it matters little whether its movement is back or forth. No matter how hard the makers try to rustle up something akin to a joyride, it can only yield the cinematic equivalent of a stale joke.
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2
Indian Express|Review by Shubhra Gupta
Eight years after ‘Welcome’, the crew is back. And the only question we are left asking is ‘why’?
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1.5
Hindustan Times|Review by Rohit Vats
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.
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2.5
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