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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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Actress Sonakshi Sinha Claims, Makers Repackage Iconic Songs For Current Generation

Reacting to the criticism, Sonakshi said: "Even I like the original better and there is no comparison with that."

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Reacting to the criticism, Sonakshi said: "Even I like the original better and there is no comparison with that." Pixabay

Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who has featured in the video of the recreated version of “Mungda” song, says that makers repackage iconic songs for the current generation.

Her latest dance number “Mungda” for the film “Total Dhamaal” has earned the wrath of the fans of the original number featuring Helen.

“Mungda” was originally sung by Usha Mangeshkar with music by Rajesh Roshan and lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The song has been recreated by singers Jyotica Tangri, Shaan and Subhro Ganguly and music director duo Gourov-Roshin.

Reacting to the criticism, Sonakshi said: “Even I like the original better and there is no comparison with that. When we recreate a song, that time we don’t think that we will make a particular song better than the original one because when you are recreating an iconic song then there is no point making comparison with the recreated song.”

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Actress Sonakshi Sinha. Wikimedia Commons

“We are only trying to repackage that and give it to the today’s generation who might not listen to old songs. For me as an artiste, I have been told by makers of the film that they wanted me to be a part of the song as they don’t see anybody performing it so, that was a big deal for me that makers felt that I would do justice to the song and I am very happy.”

Sonakshi was interacting with the media at the fourth edition of Next Brand Vision Awards 2019 here on Tuesday.

Talking about her upcoming releases, she said: “I am looking forward to every film of mine which is coming out this year. ‘Kalank’ is my next release. It is releasing in April.

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“I am shooting for ‘Mission Mangal’, which will release in August. We are almost done with that. I am starting ‘Dabangg 3’ around the end of April.”

Asked about the amount of fun audiences should expect from “Dabangg 3”, Sonakshi said: “Double and triple of what you saw in first two parts.” (IANS)