Cast: Arshad Warsi, Jackky Bhagnani, Lauren Gottlieb
Direction: Ashish R Mohan
Storyline: Two Indians (Jackky and Arshad) accidently land in Pakistan and are stuck there. The movie revolves around the ‘hospitality’ given to them by Taliban
Political satires are always interesting to watch the in the Indian cinema and India and Pakistan is one of the most favourite topics for one and all for obvious reasons. It is not an interesting issue for the director only, but the audience too enjoys watching the much-talked matter on the big screen. But do we realize that it is done so much in Bollywood that people are actually awaiting a fresh topic on it, if at all they are? Well, every director believes that his movie will market well in the domain, but of-late the issue has been losing its charm with crazy movies making its way under the ‘India-Pakistan’ banner.
The latest to join the league is Welcome to Karachi. As the name reveals the crux of the story, you do not have much to anticipate. However, director Ashish R Mohan, who assisted Rohit Shetty in several movies, has tried his best to bring out that ‘difference’ in the movie. Well, you produce what you learn from your teacher. Isn’t it? Rohit Shetty’s stamp is quite noticeable in quite a few sequences of the movie, especially the comic ones.
In what is apparently inspired by a Hollywood super-hit Dumb and Dumber starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’ is an illogical drama with only few comic scenes that would actually make you laugh.
The movie revolves around two friends Shammi Thakur (Arshad Warsi) and Kedar Patel (Jackky Bhagnani). Kedar desperately wants to head for the United States but he is not able to achieve his goal as his visa is rejected every time he applies for it. Friend Shammi comes as a ‘saviour’ for him who tells him that he can help him reach USA without any visa. How? On a boat! The first round of illogical piece comes here.
Now, this is where the ‘fun’ begins from. The duo lands up in Karachi, Pakistan and are eventually under the hands of Taliban who believe them to be the Indian informers.
Kedar and Shammi now try different tactics to run away from the clutches of Taliban and that’s where the comic series start from.
You need to watch the movie to know if they are able to succeed in their mission of getting rid of the Taliban ‘hospitality’.
In terms of performances, Arshad Warsi, famous for perfect comic timing has not matched the level of expectations from him.
Jackky Bhagnani on the other hand has performed better than expected. Others like Lauren Gottlieb did not have much to do in the movie that people could actually judge their shows.
Overall, Welcome to Karachi is initially confusing as the scenes lack proper sequencing. Apart from this, with an aim to add humour, Ashish R Mohan has added a lot of impractical stuff. For example, would you expect a local tea vendor hiding a gun in his pocket? Even though some punches are good, most of them are monotonous and expected that makes one loses interest in the coming-up plot.
NewsX verdict: Welcome to Karachi is too bore to invest your time, energy and money. Don’t regret! You can simply give a skip to this Arshad Warsi and Jackky Bhagnani starrer.