Due to the pandemic situation, we are witnessing very different and unusual content this year on OTT. Welcome Home is one of the hard-hitting cinema and probably the most disturbing psychological thriller ever to come out in Bollywood. As the makers have clearly called it – “This movie is not for the faint-hearted”, it will actually haunt even once the film gets over.
Welcome Home tells the story of two government home teachers, Anuja (Kashmira Irani) and her colleague Neha (Swarda Thigale), who have been given a task to do the census survey of specific areas in the city of Nagpur. While ticking off the houses from their list, Anuja and Neha comes across a lonely house which is situated at a deserted place away from the city.
Anuja and Neha reaches the house and knocks on the door, a pregnant lady, Prerna (Tina Bhatia), welcomes them. While taking the survey, they find the suspicious activity in the house which has a weird looking old lady (Akshita Arora) her son (Shashi Bhushan) who is on silence fasting and their ever-smiling and wicked cook (Boloram Das). Curious and yet diligent, on their second visit to the strange house to know more about Prerna, Anuja and Neha gets stuck in the heavy rain and are forced to spend a night in the house. During their stay, unusual events begins to occur which reveals mystery behind the house.
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Directed by Pushkar Mahabal who has also done a fabulous job in editing as well, Welcome Home is certainly the most disturbing slow-burn pyschological film to come out in Bollywood which is based on true events (Bihar Shelter Home case I guess). The film builds on you as it progresses with excellent writing, haunting background score and brilliant camera work where each and every scene has been executed appropriately and accurately. Screenplay is fantastic, though it becomes little sluggish towards the end.
Hats off to the director for making it bold and blunt. Welcome Home is highlighted with brilliant performances starting with Kashmira Irani and Swarda Thigale stealing the limelight with their honest work. Shashi Bhushan and Bolaram Das will haunt you with their brilliant acting even after the movie while Akshita Arora and Tina Bhatia were outstanding with their expression even though they had less dialogue.
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On the whole, Welcome Home is not easy watch but it will expose the harsh reality of child sexual abuse and it will definitely make you angry. Go for it … Brilliant work 3.5/5
Welcome Home is currently streaming on Sony Liv and is produced by Paresh Rawal, Swaroop Sampat, Playtime Creationn and Monolith