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Farhan Akhtar plays the role of Daanish an ATS cop with the Delhi Police. He is a happily married to an artistic dancer to Ruhaana (Aditi Rao Hydari) and has a small daughter Norrie. On just a normal day when he is having a family outing, his daughter is killed in a crossfire when he tries to pursue a suspected terrorist Rameez. Blamed for the death of his young daughter and distanced from his own wife, he gets depressed and tries to commit suicide. But as fate will have it, a distraction saves his life. A lost purse found near his daughter’s graveyard takes him to the home of Mr. Pandit Omkarnath Dhir (Amitabh Bhachan). Pandit Dhir is paralysed, bound to a wheel chair and teaches chess to young children. He befriends Danish and helps him recover from the grief of his daughter’s loss.
As their friendship becomes stronger, he tells his story on the mysterious death of his daughter at the house of welfare minister Yazad Qureshi ( Manav Kaul). While the police try to close the case stating that it was a mere accident, Pandit Dhir thinks otherwise. As the movie progresses, the mystery deepens and Danish takes on to avenge the death of Pandit Dhir’s daughter.
This movie is not for the bollywood rom com masala watchers, it is for the intellectuals. Both Farhaan and Amitabh has done justice to their respective roles. Aditi Rao may have limited movie time but she leaves a strong impact on the viewers. Manav Kaul as minister Yazad Qureshi shows the real face of political terror. It is nice to see him back after Kai Po Che, where once again he had essayed the role of a villain.
The songs leave mesmerized, there is a strong sufi mixture in them. Cinematography is wonderfully shot in the backdrop of Delhi and Kashir. All supporting actors have played their roles very well.
This movie is a must watch. Don’t go by the reviews written in newspapers, see the movie and then decide.
Happy to see the new year start at such a good note. I promise all my readers that there will be more reviews from me this year.
Hope to be back with more.
Cast: Arshad Warsi, Jacky Bhagnani, Lauren Gotlieb, Ayub Khoso, Imran Hasnee, Dilip Tahil
Director: Ashish Mohan
There are some movies that you should watch with your brains left at home. Welcome to Karachi is one of them. Stupid humor and foolish comedy. The trailer seemed to be hilarious but the movie is definitely good.
Shammi (Arshad Warsi) aka genius stars as a naval officer who has been recently court martialed for apparently drowning a submarine all by himself. Kedar Patel (Jacky Bhagnani) aka super genius stars as a typical Gujarati desperately wanting to go to USA, so much is his desperation that he goes all the way in changing his surname from Patel to Desai and even bribing an American Immigration officer. Kedar’s father , the miserly gujju businessman Dilip Tahil runs a cruise boat business providing cruise boat services to rich gujju families to celebrate marriage ceremonies on high seas. The movie is set in Jamnagar, Gujarat whose coastline is near the Pakistan. I wonder how does the Indian Navy allow a rogue gujju businessman to operate on disputed waters.
Well , as the movie progresses, our lead heroes Arshad and Jacky take the streamer on high seas without the guests and dance with white girls (mostly Russians and East Europeans). The background title will become a hit among the gujju community during the upcoming marriage season. A thunderstorm strikes, the girls escape on emergency raft, our heroes are left to drown. But as destiny would have it, they survive and make it to
the coast of Karachi. Everything looks odd and different for them, The movies then goes on as our friends have varied experiences as the hands of the Pakistani people, militants, mullahs, ISI agents, Baloch mafias, CIA operatives and Pakistani politicians.
This movie is definitely a must watch considering the comedy and the context. Arshad Warsi has shouldered the entire movie on himself. Jacky Bhagnani still needs to learn the tricks of the acting trade as he overplays his gujju role. Lauren Gotlieb (American actress last seen in ABCD) is definitely an eye candy playing the role of an Intelligence
officer. Dilip Tahil has a limited role.
The music is average. The movie gets stretched in the end for nor reason. It could have been better if it had been well directed.
My rating : 3 out of 5