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‘Welcome To New York’: Trips on tactless plot

Overall, the 'Welcome to New York' is aimless and joyless

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Diljit Dosanjh and Sonakshi Sinha are the lead cast in Welcome to New York. IANS

By Troy Ribeiro

Film: “Welcome To New York”
Director: Chakri Toleti
Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Karan Johar, Sushant Singh Rajput, Rana Daggubati, Aditya Roy Kapur, Lara Dutta, Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani;

Director Chakri Toleti’s “Welcome to New York” is not merely a bad, popcorn entertainer, but a waste of an opportunity. An agonizing experience in every category one can think of.

Touted as India’s first comedy in 3D, this makes ‘Welcome to New York’ the dimmest, one has seen in years. The comedy here is not humor, but absurdity.

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Welcome to New York’s narrative takes us directly into the planning stages of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards. Wikimedia Commons

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The awards are to be held in New York, and in order to lure sponsors and to promote the awards, the marketing strategist, Sophie (Lara Dutta) hits upon the idea of a talent hunt contest where the winners would be invited to New York to display their skill and get their moment of fame at the awards.

The sponsors lap up the idea. Sophie, who has been working hard over the years for the event management company tries negotiating a raise for herself. But her shrewd boss Garry (Boman Irani) refuses to budge. So Sophie hatches a plan to ruin him. And she thinks she would achieve this my messing up the big event.

So instead of inviting the actual winners for the big day in New York, she invites two losers instead. The duo is Tajinder Singh (Diljit Dosanjh) aka Teji from Punjab — a recovery agent who aspires to become an actor — and Jinal Patel (Sonakshi Sinha) a dress designer from Gujarat. How they snatch their moment of glory on the stage forms the crux of the tale.

From the unintelligent and unengaging plot to the poorly written characters to flat dialogues, to clumsy screenplay with major plot-holes, the writing definitely is trashy, tacky and unimpressive.

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Karan Johar is also in the cast of Welcome to New York. Wikimedia Commons

The gags that revolve around the awards are not funny in the least. They seem to be hackneyed and not remotely comic.

Though packed with ace stars playing themselves, the performance of every actor is perfunctory, satirical, dull and uninspiring.

Lara Dutta and Boman Irani seem burnt out. Diljit Dosanjh and Sonakshi Sinha, though good actors, appear juvenile in most of their scenes. With Diljit addressing Sonakshi as “Darji Madam”, their on-screen chemistry appears forced.

Karan Johar in a double role as Karan and Arjun is impressive in certain scenes, but on the whole, he delivers his part in his inimitable style and hams most of the time.

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Sushant Singh Rajput is playing a role in Welcome to New York. Wikimedia Commons

Riteish Deskmukh offers nothing exceptional. Stereocast, his histrionics now seem jaded. He along with Karan does manage to juggle a few laughs by playing off the rules of comedy which seemed forced most of the time.

The 3D effects are unwarranted. As for the special graphics effects, the visual element that stands out is the scene which is designed like a stylized, comic book narrative, giving us a brief insight into Arjun’s (Karan Johar) backstory.

‘Welcome to New York’ has decent production values and actual IIFA Awards shots have seamlessly meshed into the narrative.

The background score is loud and ear-deafening. Overall, the ‘Welcome to New York’ is aimless and joyless. (IANS)

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Netflix inks Multi-year Exclusive Deal with Karan Johar for New Series, Films

“Our vision is to create differentiated stories across diverse genres and we can’t wait to craft and usher many more remarkable series and films into the world with Netflix."

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FILE - The Netflix logo is seen on their office in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. VOA

Streaming giant Netflix has inked a multi-year exclusive deal with filmmaker Karan Johar’s digital content company Dharmatic Entertainment to create a broad range of new fiction and non-fiction series and films for Netflix members.

“I’m super excited about the projects we already have in development and the limitless possibilities ahead. To create universal stories from India that the world discovers is an incredible and unprecedented opportunity,” Johar said on Wednesday.

Netflix and Johar first worked together in 2018 for “Lust Stories”. He is also involved on two upcoming Netflix films — as a director on “Ghost Stories” and “Guilty” produced by Dharmatic Entertainment.

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FILE IMAGE- Karan Johar.

“Johar and Dharmatic Entertainment will have all the creative freedom and support they need to create pioneering dramas and unscripted series — as well as films — for our members all over the world,” said Bela Bajaria, Vice President, International Originals, Netflix.

“We’re excited about the immense storytelling possibilities ahead. With Netflix as the new storytelling home for Dharmatic Entertainment, I have the highest hopes for what we can do together,” said Apoorva Mehta, CEO, Dharma Productions.

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“Our vision is to create differentiated stories across diverse genres and we can’t wait to craft and usher many more remarkable series and films into the world with Netflix.” (IANS)