WELCOME TO NEW YORK
Director: Chakri Toleti
Starring: Diljit Dosnajh, Sonakshi Sinha, Karan Johar & others
Screenplay : Deeraj Rattan
Dialogues: Anukalp Goswami, Aakash Kaushik, Amol Parashar, Aadhar Khurana & Deeraj Rattan
Music: Sajid-Wajid, Meet Bros & Samir Tandon
Pooja Entertainment and Wiz Films’ WELCOME TO NEW YORK is a tale set on the backdrop of the IIFA awards 2017 which were held in New York in 2017. The story follows Sophia (Lara Dutta) who works for the team behind the IIFA awards and she has a axe to grind with her boss Garry (Boman Irani). As Dutta is holding a nationwide talent search she selects the two worst contestants in to further embarrass her boss. The two she does select are Jeenal Patel (Sonakshi Sinha) a fashion designer and Teeji Sandhu (Diljit Dosanjh) a local goon with aspirations of making it to the movies. Both of them land in New York and the madness begins. Thrown into the mix is Karan Johar and Ritesh Deshmukh as themselves hosting the event but there is a doppelganger of Johar called Arjun who is a local gangster is out to kidnap the original Karan so that he can reach the heights of a dreaded don once again in his life. How Dosanjh and Sinha find out about Dutta’s plan and how both of them with the help of some other Bollywood celebrities help the real Karan forms the crux of the movie.
The movie has a fun plot point. The movie begins with hitting the right funny notes and given its crisp 2 hour runtime the movie feels like a breezy watch. The first half especially has some genuinely laugh out loud moments and some really well thought out cameos are littered all around the film as well. The second half dips a little but that is okay. The rapid fire round between Dosnajh and Johar in an elevator is one of the funniest things in the film. On the other hand, the Aditya Roy Kapoor cameo at Brooklyn bridge is one of the best cameos in the film.
Production values are great. Cinematography by Santosh Thundiyil and Neha Parti is good. Music is good while its playing out in film but the Pant Mein Gun is the pick of the lot. Editing is okay.
Performance wise, Diljit Dosanjh does well he is the brightest spot in the movie. His comic timing is impeccable. Sonkashi Sinha does well in the movie. Karan Johar is the funniest in the movie. He brings the house down with his antics and his bad guy character is funny too. Ritesh Deshmukh does smashingly well as himself. Boman Irani and Lara Dutta provide more than able support. Cameos by Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Rana Duggubati, Sohail Khan and Arbaaz Khan leave the desired effect.
As a director, Chakri Toleti is does okay. He would have tried to make the movie a lot funnier as there was ample ammunition for him to play with.