Movie Review: ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’ by Neha Ravindran


Movie: Welcome 2 Karachi

Director: Ashish R. Mohan

Cast: Arsad Warsi, Jackky Bhagnani, Lauren Gottlieb

Genre: Comedy

What are the common expressions that you encounter in the screening of a comedy movie? Mostly smiling faces, some red with laughing too hard, sparkling eyes, lips stretched out awide. But have you seen anyone angry while watching a comic film? NO?! Oh then you should have watched ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’ with me, maybe we could have thrown some rotten tomatoes at the screen together. Well, atleast that would have been funny. Forget humour, this movie puts to shame the best of brain-less movies; clearly there is some category for ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’ to win awards.

Shammi (Arshad Warsi) and Kedar (Jackky Bhagnani) are two idiots who decide to party on a yatch and get struck by a storm. There ship sinks and they are washed ashore the Karachi beach. After a series of unexpected events they land themselves in trouble with militants and now it’s either life or death for them.

Welcome 2 Karachi is indeed the most boring film I have seen in my entire life. It drags on its shackled feet from one scene to another, desperate to crack some jokes and hit some punchlines. But the fact that Director Ashish R.Mohan wrote and directed this movie is more hilarious than the movie in itself. Arshad Warsi, it’s high time that you gave a serious thought about your career. Stop jumping from one horrendous script to another, please! And Jackky Bhagnani, you have the face and skills to be a good actor, then why waste your time over petty scripts as this? Loosely based on the hit Hollywod movie Dumb and Dumber, this is nowhere close to it neither in terms of acting nor in terms of script. While Jackky does manage to look like a complete idiot (a very irritating one), Arshad seems to hover between being the smart on one hand and a blubbering fool on the other. There are no other mentionable supporting characters other than perhaps Lauren Gottlieb who is nothing more than a pretty face on screen in the movie, though I think she did a fair job with the miniscule role that she had in hand.  

The songs are mediocre, but it was a delight to watch Lauren dance on the song ‘Shakeera’. The screenplay by Kunal Bakshi and Ashish R.Mohan is a disaster. I still cannot get over my wonderment that did they not read the script after writing and realise how ridiculous it sounds. Some of the scenes are the height of foolishness and the background score just added on to the absurdity of the scenes.

As I have not a good word to list about this movie, I will not recommend it to you. Rest well this weekend and hopefully we will have something better next.

My Verdict: *

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