Review: ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’ – One Time Watch

By | May 29, 2015

Welcome 2 Karachi observes two individuals, can be called dumb and dumber, from which one aspires to visit USA, the second one does not have any ambitions to do/achieve something.

Directed by Ashish R. Mohan, despite of having good star cast, his direction leads nowhere.

Shammi Thakur (Arshad Warsi), a court-martialled, thinks he is a genius (eyes smart-aleck onscreen) and his buddy Kedar Patel (Jackky Bhangnani), an average Gujarati boy, badly wants to visit the USA and earn cash but got his visa rejected twice.

Having the visa request turned down two times, Keda looses the hope of USA altogether, apparently the smart-aleck and best buddy plans to go to the USA via a boat. Thus, no visa’s requirement.

Mithesh Patel, Kedar’s father, says his son to bring up the people who have booked a boat for marriage reception. But the son sees it as a never-again opportunity, and the right time for the plan to be executed. They both, then, head towards USA. The nonsense here is; without any information, guidance or proper knowledge of climate, how they can reach USA safely?

An unexpected storm hits the boat in the mid-sea, and both of them land in Karachi, Pakistan. Do not go over the title, ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’! They do not receive a hearty welcome from the Pakistanis.

The fun/entertainment begins when the inseparable pair got to know the location of the hospital, where they have been admitted after a bomb blast at the side of the beach (bombing is usual in Pakistan). The taj of dreams hung upside down when they are told to be in Pakistan, instead of the USA.

The movie entertains audience in-between the chaos when the pair try to return to India. The more they try, the worse the situation gets. Some of the moments are enjoyable. If compare to the whole creation, it may eye unrealistic to you, dialogues don’t entertain much as they are old.

Jackky Bhagnani did not live the character of Kedar Patel. He rather looks confusing and intentionally facile. He disappoints yet again. Arshad Warsi’s performance in exalting, though the dialogues are less compared to his usual movies, but he makes his presence felt on the screen.

Dalip Tahil has appeared flawless through the screen, he played the character thoroughly as a business from Jamnagar, always endeavour to bag some financially good business deals.

Ayub Khosa as a Talibani leader has done a commendable job, and deserves a special laud for his performance.

The soundtracks have helped in generating the required buzz prior to the release, and the songs are good, especially the music videos.

You will experience a wide-range of locations – from sea to the plain land and hills of Pakistan. The setup is exalted by the production company.

The director Ashish R. Mohan has handed the action to the audiences in a convincing manner, but the need of some elite humors makes it a cliche.

Earlier the co-stars reported it to be a recent version of ‘Jai-Veeru’ (from Sholey), let the thought of watching ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’ go away.

I recommend ONE watch of it to you because the melodrama is entertaining. You would not concern the money spent to buy the ticket(s). Go and see, how a wannabe life is lived in ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’.

2 out of 5 STARS!

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