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Welcome To New York – A 3D Film With No 3D Effects

Some films are already declared as hits or flops before their release; this happens when their trailers are out and people get the idea about how lame a film could get. Everyone was in shock when they watched the trailer of Welcome To New York, which is Chakri Toleti’s directorial venture. The film already boasts a lot about the most stylized award show of Bollywood i.e. IIFA Awards. With actors like Sonakshi Sinha, Diljith Dosanjh, Boman Irani, Lara Dutta and Karan Johar what else one can expect? Well, anyhow let’s see what this film has actually to offer to its audience.

Trailer: Welcome To New York

Teji (Diljith Dosanjh) is a recovery agent but he wants to be a film-star and his gang mates are sick of him. Jeenal (Sonakshi Sinha) is a fashion designer who is not doing well in the industry because of her tantrums. One day Teji and Jeenal win a free ticket to attend IIFA happening at the Amsterdam and they both fly off for the big-show to showcase their talents. What happens on that trip is what Welcome To New York is all about. It is loaded with guest appearances by almost every other celebrity who attended the IIFA 2017 and that’s the reason why everyone is engaged in the film for a scene or two.

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The film also has Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh as they were easy to be casted plus, Riteish is almost there in every Jackie Bhagnani’s production. The story of Welcome to New York revolves around the IIFA Awards and the lives of Teji and Jeenal, apart from this, it has no substance. There’s Salman Khan, Arbaz Khan, Sohail Khan, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Rana Daggubati, Sushant Singh Rajput and many others in the film. But none of them leaves a mark, besides Salman Khan.

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Sonakshi is unbearable and looks very lame in the character of a gujrati girl. Diljith is a god actor and he manages to give his best but the guy needs better films with tighter scripts. It won’t be wrong to say, if there’s any saving grace in Welcome To New York, it’s Diljith. Boman is as usual, he needs to polish up and start doing different (read: sensible / serious) characters. Lara Dutta is good but her character is poorly written. The scene between Lara and Boman where they share a Pizza is very well-acted by both.

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Karan Johar appears as he appears in any reality show, he is shown himself, self and brand obsessed. All jokes are lame besides a few one. The Karan-Arjun track is just too forced and weird. Riteish Should be careful in selecting films after Ek Villain and Houseful series, this film must be a friendly favor from him to any of the producers. Rana Daggubati looks good and his scenes are interesting.

Songs of the film are weak besides the one which Rahat Fateh Ali sang but that too has lyrics which aren’t praise-worthy.

Ishtehaar – Welcome To New York

On the whole Welcome To New York is an extended version of the PR campaign of IIFA Awards and looks like the film is made around the tightest schedule of IIFA Awards. A few scenes have their charms but based on a few scenes one can’t bear the entire film. Welcome To New York strongly reminds of Happy New Year, another disaster with potential cast. The film has nothing to offer to be honest; plus, one thing which I’d like to ask to the director “Why did they made it a 3D film?” as it has nothing to do with the 3D effects; they probably wanted to cash on the tagline i.e. India’s first comic 3D film (read disaster).

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