This week's release Welcome 2 Karachi has terrorism as its mainstay, but the film has been layered with comedy. Will Welcome 2 Karachi box office collections soar or fall into oblivion?
This week’s release Welcome 2 Karachi has terrorism as its mainstay, but the film has been layered with comedy. But, movie’s box office collections start slow owing to the success of Tanu Weds Manu Returns. The movie has clocked a measly 10% occupancy rate during morning shows.
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The film starts off with ‘business dealing’ of party organizer Mitesh Patel (Dalip Tahil), who convinces a client to have their wedding party atop his chartered boat that’s being ‘captained’ by Shammi Thakur (Arshad Warsi) and Kedar Patel (Jackky Bhagnani). This also becomes a blessing in disguise for Shammi and Kedar to go to USA by boat, because they always have faced rejection whenever they had applied for a USA visa. Amidst the mid-sea party atop the boat, they encounter a sudden storm that washes them away all the way to Karachi (Pakistan).
What happens out there is a series of misunderstanding, miscommunications and everything else that leads to the two boys landing up in messy situations. While Shammi disguises himself as a doctor and is forced to delivery a baby a la Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots style, the dumb Kedar roams around in a sherwani that has a bullet hole right near the chest. After a failed attempt to steal pizza, Shammi and Kedar land up in front of a deadly don. What follows after this are chance encounters of the duo with the likes of Taliban, ISI, jihadis, Pakistani ministers, and Intelligence Bureau, which try to keep the viewers ‘entertained’ throughout the film.
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If that wasn’t enough, the viewers are also treated to a cross country firing that involves the likes of China, Pakistan, Israel, USA and many others. It is only towards the end that the film manages to pick up and has Shammi and Kedar trying to save a bunch of ‘special children’ from the evil Talibani, which is out to blow up a plane carrying those very kids.
Do Shammi and Kedar find their way out of Karachi and come back safely to Mumbai, and save the children? That is what the movie is all about.
The film happens to be the second venture of director Ashish R Mohan. Sadly, Ashish ‘sinks’ mercilessly as a director with this film. The plot and direction go haywire right from the word go. With Arshad Warsi being the sole anchor of the film, it was a tough situation for him to carry the film alone. Right from the first frame, the viewers are treated to a nonsensical script, forced humor and amateurish VFX.
Jackky has yet to master the Ps and Qs of acting. He needs to work really hard on his comical timing. While he can be appreciated for his on screen sincerity of the role, what really acts as a drawback is his poor screen presence. Lauren Gottlieb, besides acting as an eye candy, does nothing exceptional in the film.
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More of a miss than a hit as far as As a box office collections are concerned.