Anees Bazmee is a name who is associated with many comedy movies as a writer as well as a director. His last movie to release was Ready starring Salman Khan and Asin in 2011. This week he makes a comeback with the sequel to his Blockbuster comedy Welcome (2007) that starred Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif.

In Welcome Back, Anees has retained the three main characters from his previous movie i.e. Dr. Ghungroo (Paresh Rawal), Majnu Bhai (Anil Kapoor) and Uday Bhai (Nana Patekar), and added new characters to take the Welcome series ahead.

The movie is set in the picturesque Dubai where the now-transformed-but-still-single bhais come to know that Uday has one more half-sister Ranjana (Shruti Hasaan) who is of marriageable age. The bhais decide to look out for a suitable boy for their sister and marry her off. However, Ranjana meets Ajju bhai (John) who is a Mumbai based goon and step-son to Dr. Ghungroo (Paresh Rawal) and falls in love with him. In order to impress Uday and Majnu, Ajju ‘disguises’ himself as a decent, sober, well-mannered guy when he comes to Dubai. But when the Bhais realize the true identity of Ajju they seek the help of the deadly Wanted Bhai (Naseeruddin Shah) to eliminate Ajju.

To add more fun many other characters are introduced in the plot like Maharani (Dimple) and Babita aka Rajkumari Chandni (Ankita Shrivastava) who are actually con-women and are out to trick the Bhais and run away with their riches.

On the whole there is nothing new from the previous movies apart from few new twists and turns, and characters to add some fun element. This is a brainless comedy so please do not try to seek logic, just sit back and enjoy the movie for a hearty laugh.

Coming to performances Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar and Paresh Rawal are outstanding and every sequence and scene rises above the script with their performances. John Abraham is average, Shruti Hassan is decent, Ankita Srivastav is okay, Dimple and Naseeruddin Shah are outstanding, and Shiney Ahuja in his comeback movie is again average. The direction by Bazmee is as usual – Good. The dialogues are ordinary but when mouthed by the trio (Anil Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Nana Patekar) they sound quite hilarious.There are few hilarious sequences in the movie especially the one at the cemetery. The music by Mika Singh, Anu Malik, Meet Bros & Anjjan is average and none of the songs stand out however, the background score by Adesh Srivastav is brilliant.

On the whole if you are a big fan of mindless comedies then go for it!

My Verdict: ***