Movie Review - Welcome To Karachi

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Director: Ashish R Mohan

Cast: Arshad Warsi, Jackky Bhangnani, Lauren Gottlieb

The story revolves around two idiots Shammi (Arshad Warsi) and Kedar Patel (Jackky Bhangnani), who find themselves stranded in Pakistan after their failed attempt to get to USA on a boat. What follows next is a lot of guns doing all the talking, with an annoying background score adding to the chaos.

The first half begins to look promising when, desperate to make it back to India, these two land themselves in the clutches of a Taliban group. Said to be “inspired” by Dumb and Dumber, as a political satire the movie is stuck between being funny and not-so-funny. The writing is intelligent in bits and pieces and certain situations and dialogues do manage to crack you up. Tension builds up as you find yourself wondering whether and how the two naïve simpletons/idiots are going to manage to escape. From a not-so-subtle dig at an airline and dialogues like “Taliban khaliban ho gaya” to clichés that are done to death such as Pakistan is the world’s most dangerous place and Gujaratis and their love for an American visa, nothing manages to truly connect with you.

The background score is extremely annoying, the special effects are tacky and the second half of the movie is an absolute chaotic drag. A good recreation of Karachi loses out to a poor story and a dragged climax. The good actor that he is, Arshad Warsi has tried to do his best. Although Jackky does the Gujarati act well, there’s nothing extra-ordinary about him. More like a guest appearance, Lauren is barely there in the movie, but does a good job of what she’s known for – dancing (in a random item number).

Choosing to release the movie on a special date i.e. 16 years later on the same date as that of Biwi No. 1, has failed to recreate the magic for producer Vashu Bhagnani.

I give this movie 1.5 shors.

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