Release Date: 23rd February, 2018
Cast: Karan Johar, Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Rana Daggubati, Riteish Deshmukh, Lara Dutta, Boman Irani
Writer/Director: Chakri Toleti
Producer/s: Vashu Bhagnani, WIZ Films
Welcome To New York Movie Review Rating: 1/5 Stars (One star)
Star Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Diljit Dosanjh, Riteish Deshmukh, Karan Johar, Lara Dutta, Boman Irani, Rana Daggubati, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sushant Singh Rajput
Director: Chakri Toleti
What’s Good: Government is planning to honour people with bravery award who come alive after watching this movie.
What’s Bad: I got into the theater without carrying a headache pill.
Loo Break: Was I not in the loo already? Doing nothing.
Watch or Not?: Watch only if you’re a film making student and your current assignment is ‘How NOT to make a Bollywood movie’.
Welcome To New York is a story (hahaha!) based having IIFA Awards in the backdrop. Garry (Boman Irani) plays the founder of IIFA having a competitive employee in Sophie (Lara Dutta) working under him. Sophie wants partnership in the company, whereas Garry denies it clearly. Sophie decides to run a contest and choose any two people who will share stage with their favorite stars at IIFA.
Harry’s refusal for partnership makes Sophie choose two worst of the contestants in order to ruin the reputation of IIFA. Teji (Diljit Dosanjh) who’s a self acclaimed actor and Jinal Patel (Sonakshi Sinha) an ordinary costume designer get a chance to go to New York. Rest of the story drags on the similar plot introducing Karan Johar & Riteish Deshmukh as hosts, Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan as themselves & numerous wasted cameos of stars.
Welcome To New York Movie Review: Script Analysis
Written by a renowned writer Dheeraj Rattan, who has penned many Punjabi movies, Welcome To New York is script without any motive. Touted as a spoof, I feel this is spoof of a spoof. Even after all the mess they’ve created, I feel the worst decision of makers is to launch this in 3D. The effects are so bad & tacky, you’re forced to watch it with your glasses off. The movie starts with thanking some people and that list is longer than the number of yawns you’re about to get.
This will make you sleep even if you’re out of coma after 20 years. Comedy is so forced that sometimes even genuinely good jokes go unnoticed under the pile of badly done gags. Diljit in the start keeps on saying, “Nikaalu gun?” & at one point I was like, “Bhai, nikaal ke maar de aur khatam kar.” At some places, this suddenly becomes an all-hail-the-Modi movie. Having some GST jokes, comparing New York with Vadodara and Punjab, kuch din toh guzaaro Gujarat mein & much more such moments make you scream “why?”.
Welcome To New York Movie Review: Star Performance
Diljit Dosanjh hams throughout the movie and no, this isn’t a criticism because his character demanded the same. But I’m sad, the makers have wasted his talent in creating a mockery like this. The silver lining is, he’s the best thing in this worst scenario. He surely is innocent & reason behind minimal comic relief in the movie.
Sonakshi Sinha, too, is okay with her role. Again, you can’t do much when you’re acting for such script. She fails miserably in some scenes and shines in some. Boman Irani and Lara Dutta are ordinary with their presence, nor their best neither their worst.
Karan Johar & Ritesh Deshmukh share few funny sequences but that’s about it. Cameos of Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan & Sohail Khan are just for the sake of it. The parts which were originally shot at IIFA are poorly stitched making no sense at times.