Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Karan Johar, Boman Irani, Lara Dutta
Direction: Chakri Toleti
Sonakshi Sinha pairs with Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh for the first time in India’s first 3D comedy ‘Welcome To New York’ in debutant director’s Chakri Toleti. The film is based on the journey of two talented common people to New York where IIFA Awards is being held. Karan Johar marks his return on screen as an actor with his usual co-host for award functions, Ritiesh Deshmukh. Boman Irani and Lara Dutta play the event organizers.
Story: The premise of the film is two fresh talents selected from the common men from India to showcase their work at an international award function among various Bollywood celebrities. Tejendar Singh (played by Diljit Dosanjh) is a local goon from a city in Punjab who aspires to be an actor. Jinal Patel (played by Sonakshi Sinha) is a Gujarati fashion designer and stylist. These selected winners from all over India for a rejected auditions list meet at the plane to New York and there’s an unusual bond of hatred and flirt that forms. They fight and motive each other to do better. But there’s a hidden agenda to their selection, will they succeed in shining as stars with the main event, is what we’re made to find out. On the parallel side, there are hosts Karan Johar and Ritiesh Deshmukh who are gearing up to host IIFA. Unaware of his gangster look-a-like Arjun, Karan keeps falling into trouble because of his actions and the rivalry that Arjun has with Karan. Will Karan manage to host IIFA eventually, is another thing to sit through the film and find.
Diljit Dosanjh plays a loud Punjabi upcoming actor who is confident and determined. The innocence in his foolishness is adorable. He’s definitely the star of the film.
Sonakshi Sinha is decent in her part as a typical Gujarati fashion designer who is overly proud of her state. In this light hearted comedy, she doesn’t get much to do.
Unfortunately for an actor like Boman Irani who has a lot of potential none of his punches come through. Although Lara Dutta who plays his assistant is convincing in her part. Ritiesh Deshmukh is a waste in the film. As for Karan Johar who plays double role, he’s himself for one character and a villain for another. He’s funny in a few scenes but unnecessary in others. If he desires to take his acting career ahead, this film is probably not helping him out.
There are numerous cameos from Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput, Rana Daggubati and even Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur are seen giving acting tips, which is quite ironic in the film. None of these cameos are great.
Dialogues and songs: If you think you can dubsmash to any of the dialogues from the film, then you’ll be left disappointed. Apart from the rants from Sonakshi Sinha and Diljit Dosanjh individually there’s nothing memorable. Although thanks to Teji, you might start calling Karan Johar’s hamper ‘tokri’. There are two good songs in the film ‘Nain Phisal Gaye Re’ and ‘Ishtehar’ catch your attention and are soothing to the ears.
Direction: You maybe forced to wonder what made the makers get convinced to making this film. There is literally no plot to it. It almost felt like the actors casted in the movie had dates available and the others who didn’t were given glimpses from their red carpet appearances in the movie. Direction by Chakri Toleti is below average, the film has a lot of potential given the long cast list and star power it had in cameo appearances. None of those cameos were ‘Wow’ worthy! It is only the ‘nauk-jhok’ between Diljit and Sonakshi’s characters that gives you enjoyable moments. Even an actor like Boman Irani fails to deliver. Some of the scenes in the film were highly questionable. Specially the whole segment where Sonakshi and the Khan brothers gang tries to put on our minds that she’s going to be casted for ‘Dabangg 3’. I mean, we get it. You could have announced it through a press release, why make an entire film around it? Half baked stories of what Arjun is set to do with his look-a-like Karan and what happens to the evil Lara when her plan fails, you’re possibly left guessing. Among so many stars around, it is only Diljit who shines through his portrayal and you realize Sonakshi isn’t bad either.
Cinespeaks Verdict: There are two comedies that have released this year, ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ and ‘Welcome To New York’, you can definitely skip the latter. It fails to entertain its audiences due to its poor plot and bad editing. Cinespeaks give the film 2 stars out of 5.