Welcome to Karachi Reviews
The film drags on incessantly, a bunch of unimpressive songs stretching out the running time. When the lights come back on in the end, you’ll want to run for the exit. It’s a big fat bore.
When the gags are flowing apace, and there some good ones in here, ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’ keeps ticking. I found myself flagging when the pace dipped, especially in the second half. But overall it is all good-natured and appropriately silly, so ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’ stays watchable. And it manages to end on a hilarious note, sending us out laughing. For a comedy, that’s a win.
In any case, how much can actors do, in what is essentially a live-action cartoon? Director Ashish R Mohan is mostly interested in jokes, and all the best ones are in the film’s trailer.I recommend you watch that instead.
It’s a mindless film, but with some great fun-filled moments. Going by the logic of Welcome To Karachi, it won’t be a good idea to travel inside Pakistan without a gun. But, cinematic liberty suggests us to overlook such things and then Welcome To Karachi becomes a one-time watch.
...tries to be dark and comic, but it’s mostly a ha-ha-he-he satire where the joke is on all things — men and nations — macho and flexed. This description makes the film sound sublime. It’s not. It’s plain ridiculous and fun. It has the sort of jokes that you know are going to be dragged till our sides split.
Welcome 2 Karachi could have done better had it invested in a good VFX guy. We’ve seen better special effects when it comes to bomb blasts and sea storms on CID.Somebody needs to take this monstrosity to the cutting room floor and chop it up like nobody’s business.Somebody also needs to put actual musicians at the helm of the sound department.
Only the foolhardy would underestimate Bollywood's ability to do worse, but it is unlikely that you will see another film this unabashedly daft this year. Resist the itch.
It's an average fare which could've been far better had its meanderings been trimmed.
In the end, you only wish Warsi would get better roles and better films that do justice to his talent, rather than this hackneyed mess of a film.
The secondary characters, including Lauren Gottlieb, are weak and listless. The climax will make your jaw drop with the sheer amount of absurdity displayed. And it ends in a cliffhanger that totally disregards the final conflict. That’s real lazy writing, dude!Watch Filmistan instead.
The laughter tracks in the background score are desperate attempts to remind audiences that these are humorous moments. You may think that looking for accuracy and insight in a film like Welcome 2 Karachi is expecting too much, but if the generous creative liberties taken don't result in an entertaining film then one has to fault the filmmakers even more. Welcome 2 Karachi is a comedy of errors with few laughs and more exasperating sighs.
...promises nothing but slapstick humor. There is not one moment in the film where you get a good laugh and sadly not even a satirical one. This proved to be a yawn-fest for me...
The film's 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 nonsensical script, forced humor and amateurish VFX. While the film's first half is a complete washout, the only saving grace is the climax. Rest of the movie is just episode after episode of idiotic adventures of Shammi and Kedar. ...can be avoided without a regret.
The story of a dumb and dumber Indian mistakenly landing on the shores of Pakistan is the not the story of your average Bollywood film, the jokes in it though cater to the lowest common denominator. The director Ashish R Mohan, was Rohit Shetty’s assistant, hence that should come as no surprise. Welcome to Karachi is okay for a few silly laughs with silly being the operative word.
Director Ashish R. Mohan seems to have a flair for action, but could have concentrated on quality humour as well. The dialogues, though witty at times seem like a feeble effort to make the audience laugh."Welcome 2 Karachi" is a poor desi version of the "Dumb and the Dumber".
Welcome To Karachi is a madcap comedy. The likes where nothing makes sense but grown men act like retards and yet save the world. It’s hard to write a recommendation for such a brainless romp.
Audience Reviews for Welcome to Karachi
Welcome 2 Karachi is a comedy film by Ashish R Mohan. Occasional hilarious scenes might leave you in splits, but otherwise, the movie fails in its genre. It turns out be a very average movie. Welcome 2 Karachi does an attempt to add humour to India-Pakistan feud, Taliban Issue, American’s interventions, but these all turn out to be merely over-the-top drama. The opening credits itself do not generate any curiosity but are set up in an inferior tone.
Kedar Patel (Jackky Bagnani), son of a businessman, gets his US visa rejected for the third time. His good friend and ex-navy professional Shammi (Arshad Warsi) suggests to go to USA by cruise, if not by air. But an accident makes them arrive at Karachi. When they learn that they are in Karachi, both of them in their attempt to come back to India, goof up the whole thing. They are mistaken to be intruders from across the border. Lauren plays the role of Investigation officer who is sure that these two people (Shammi and Kedar) might be a threat to their country.
Kedar is dumb and Shammi is loud-mouthed which land them in unforeseen situations. They both definitely generate laughter through some scenes when they accidentally get trapped sometimes amongst Pathans / Mujahideens / Police officers / Talibans etc. Taliban Camp Scene is worth mention, though looks very unreal, but it was so funny.
Both Arshad and Jacky are good. We have seen this Arshad earlier also, but as far as Jackky is concerned, he also has shown good comic timings. The movie just projected some plots / sub plots, even attempted to present a satire on so many pertinent issues, but somewhere, the passion got lost in storytelling and the output turned to be very mediocre. Music is below average and an unwanted item number ‘Shakira’ (by Lauren) was inserted.
Welcome 2 Karachi, in spite of hilarious moments and with Arshad and Jacky in the lead, fails to take off !
I will get straight to the point and save you time by explaining (and hopefully convincing) why you should skip Welcome 2 Karachi for life.
The story about two Indian idiots, Kedar (Bhagnani) and Shammi (Warsi) trying to go to America through seaways using a motor boat and, instead landing in Pakistan sounds like an ideal base for a satire. However, the film starts, fools around, and ends with absurdity as its main and the only ingredient. Since it is a satire one does not pay attention to the story. But to depend on extremely unpleasant jokes and cooked-up situations is like depending on the US to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
The performances are not pleasant either. Bhagnani acts pure dumb, but then he does not put much effort into it as acting dumb comes naturally to him. Although, he does play the comedian if we compare him with the lunar eclipse Warsi, who looks dull after his long hiatus from the screen. Gottlieb cannot act, nor can she deliver her dialogs properly. She should stick to brain-numbing dancing.
All said and done, one will enjoy only few chuckles that are caused by random comic situations, which are, for your information, only present in the first half. The second half is worse than Roy (2015) and Kuch Kuch Locha Hai (2015) put together. Plus, I could also sense some exaggeration regarding the depiction of the Pakistani life. Clearly, Pakistan as a country is not as bad as the film showcases it to be.
BOTTOM LINE: Welcome 2 Karachi is a satire film which takes it audience on a 2-hour long ride so that it can show how it is NOT a satire film. Skip for life.
RATING: 1 star out of 10.
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES
Two youngsters who wish to go America by Boat will lands accidentally in Karachi,Pakistan. The journey of coming back to India is the story line of this movie.
Movie mainly focusing on the comedy.. with well drafted story. One point of time you will think that these two guys are really so dumb and their innocent behaviour will make you laugh.
Arshad Warsi's story selection is different and he will entertain us with his style of entertainment. A good movie to watch with family.
Rating: Good Movie
It is sad that all critics unable to comprehend the subject and how was presented.
I saw this movie after going through all critic's points to find out the truth. It is sad to note that critics have misguiding views.
One has to say how the situation is manipulated at the higher level which was clearly visible and depicted in the story line which fact. The same is put very effectively. This was ignored by our matured critics. We all go to movie theater for fun and not to drag into boring and depressing surroundings. Here all team members have to efforts to give us fun and fact of current situation in Libiya,Iraq, Syria, Pakistan where USA, UK are playing dirty politics for their own vested interest.
My request to all see this movie with different prospective rather from the critics point of view.
It is worth spending £12 which I did value for money in London.