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Meera wants to end her life post heartbreak but Anand changes her perception of life.
We hear of so many suicide cases due to heartbreak every year that someone making a film about the same is not surprising. 'Welcome Zindagi', instead of being a hard hitting serious film, deals with the issue in a humorous way. Frankly, the film doesn't stay consistent throughout. It jumps from sadness to humour and back very frequently but keeps the humour intact; for a while at least.
Meera Sabnis (Amruta Khanvilkar) is an independent woman who is difficult to understand. When her to-be husband ditches her 10 days before marriage, Meera is on the verge of ending her life. She is convinced otherwise by Anand Prabhu (Swwapnil Joshi) who takes her to a place named Happy Ending Society. This 'society' is something different from anything you might have ever heard of. Technically, it is a studio but under the shadow of the studio runs a workshop that dispenses knowledge about 'how to take your life' to people who want to commit suicide. Yes, yes we know how weird that sounds and so does Meera. But the three-day stay at the workshop changes her mind and she also falls in love with Anand. But there's something fishy about Anand and the whole setup.
The concept is out-of-the-box but filmmaker Umesh Ghadge treads on a thin line between dark humour and illogical situations, at times, crossing on to the latter; when the 'teachers' at the suicide institute give lessons about the perfect way to cut your wrist, jump off a building, hang or shoot yourself. A major chunk of the film is like spending time at 'Suicides Anonymous' with members discussing the reason they want to commit suicides and discouraging the 'new members' from doing so.
Swwapnil and Amruta are alright; definitely not at their best. Mohan Agashe, Prashant Damle, Mahesh Manjrekar, Murli Sharma and Urmila Kanitkar Kothare feature in small roles and apart from adding star value to the film, they don't do much else.
It is a film that might help you embrace life but as a whole 'Welcome Zindagi' is an average film that you could fancy a watch if you are a fan of the lead actors.