Story: Uday (Nana Patekar) and Majnu (Anil Kapoor) are no longer 'bhais'. They have mended their ways and lead a 'clean' life in Dubai. Soon love knocks the door of their hearts in the form of Babita aka Rajkumari Chandni (Ankita Srivastava). But this girl is no ordinary. She and her mother Poonam aka Maharani (Dimple Kapadia) claim to be the princess and Maharani of Najafgarh when in reality they plan to con Uday and Majnu to earn some quick buck. Enter Ranjana ( Shruti Haasan) who is Uday's step-sister. Thus the brothers begin their search for a groom from a 'sharif khandaan' for her. As usual they find their solution in Dr Ghungroo's family.
Meanwhile Ranjana falls in love with a Mumbai ka goon Ajay aka Ajjubhai (John Abraham) who incidentally turns out to be Dr Ghungaroo's step-son. A series of misunderstandings create a rift between Uday-Majnu and Ajju. To worsen the situation further, Wanted Bhai (Naseeruddin Shah) enters the picture with his son Honey ( Shiney Ahuja), a drug-addict who is madly in love with Ranjana. What follows next is a comedy of errors.
Performances: Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar are back with a bang as the crackling pair of Uday-Manju. Paresh Rawal leaves you in splits with his funny gags and dialogues. John Abraham as the tapori Ajjubhai has his 'shirtless' moments. But sadly his bhaigiri fails to impress. Shruti Haasan needs to work on her dialogue-delivery skills and ends up with awkward expressions in some scenes. Newbie Ankita Shrivastav is okayish. Shiney Ahuja is back on the big screen after a long time but has nothing new to offer. It is quite disheartening to see talented actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Dimple Kapadia being wasted in such caricature-like roles.
Direction: Way back in 2007 Anees Bazmi gave us 'Welcome' and introduced us to the two loving 'bhais' -Uday Shetty and Majnubhai. The comic caper struck a chord with the viewers and is still watched even today for the duo's hilarious dialogues and punchlines. 8 years later the same director is back with its sequel. Only this time he ends up assaulting your senses with a nonsensical plot and a bunch of over-the-top characters. Welcome Back' serves you some terrible songs with cringe-worthy lyrics (including a bawdy item number) that makes you squirm in your seats. The films length could have been shorter. One wished that Steven Bernard's editing scissors were a bit sharper. Kabir Lal captures the picturesque Dubai beautifully on lens but yes there are some moments of dull photography too. Raaj Shaandilyaa has penned some crackling one-liners that will leave you in splits. Though there are some instances in the film where the humor looks forced.
Verdict: We give 'Welcome Back' Slaps for the dull plot, tasteless songs and a weak climax. You will solely miss Akshay Kumar after watching this film. A piece of advice- Watch 'Welcome' instead and save yourself from this messy affair!