Welcome to New York
Welcome to New York: It fails to amuse and is an excruciatingly painful journey for the actors and the audience
Movie Review by Anand Jha (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Welcome to New York is a movie that takes a dig at IIFA awards centring around the life of two non filmy individuals, the movie could’ve been so much more if not for the mind-numbing dialogues and wafer-thin plot. WNY lacks in substance and this shows in every frame of the movie. The satirical movie provides a few laughs here and there but fails to keep the audience engaged throughout its running time.
The protagonists of the film are Teji Sandhu (Diljit Dosanjh) and Jeenal Patel (Sonakshi Sinha). Teji or Hero (as he is referred to throughout the film) is a recovery agent, who is bitten by the acting bug. This typical Punjabi munda wants to make it big with his self-proclaimed great acting skills. Jeenal Patel (Sonakshi Sinha) is a Gujarati fashion designer whose sole aim in life is to design for Salman Khan. She lives with her grandparents who offer her thepla, whenever she has a bad day. Teji and Jeenal get a chance to be part of a popular Bollywood awards night. They are also supposed to showcase their respective talents at this award show. But the lead characters are unaware that they were chosen from a contest with millions of applicants because they are absolutely terrible in what they do. This is plotted by award manager, Sophie (Lara Dutta) to embarrass Gary (Boman Irani), her boss. She decides this is the best way to seek revenge from him since she has not been given her due. Teji and Jeenal meet on the airplane and engage you with cute jokes, that is fun in the beginning but get irritating after a point. Both these characters are stereotyped and carry that burden through the film. They hardly have much scope to perform and stay true to their characters.
Apart from Diljit Dosanjh and Sonakshi Sinha, Karan Johar gets ample screen time with a double role. He plays Karan (himself) and Arjun (his evil doppelganger) and gets to talk in sexual innuendos throughout the film, something that Johar happens to enjoy doing in his popular chat show. But along with actor Riteish Deshmukh, Johar gets to mouth some of the funniest dialogues in the film. The duo create quite a riot onscreen and there is evident chemistry between them. Something that Dosanjh and Sinha fail to present on screen. The film also has multiple star cameos from the likes of Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Taapsee Pannu, Sushant Singh Rajput and almost everybody, who is part of currently part of the industry.
Interestingly, WNY is available in 3D viewing option but we couldn’t fathom the reason for the same. Not even a single visual stands out and to be frank, there isn’t much scope for the same since there is hardly a plot. Dheeraj Rattan’s tepid screenplay with pointless dialogues do not help the movie’s cause at all.
Director Chakri Toleti, who has previously been associated with good cinema like Unnaipol Oruvan (Tamil remake of A Wednesday), fails to impress with his Hindi directorial debut.
It almost feels like a spoof movie, except that it is not. The 145-minute movie is just a series of comic sequences strung along loosely without any effort to create a cohesive storyline.