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Movie Review: Welcome to New York (2018)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: Flop

welcome to new yorkThe movie is about a sloppy recovery agent Teji (Diljit Dosanjh) who dreams of being an actor and a ‘dhinchaak designer’ Jinal (Sonakshi Sinha) who wants to escape from her dreary life. They win a contest and are selected to showcase their talent at the IIFA Awards by Sophie (Lara Dutta) who is a part of the organising team spear headed by Gary (Boman Irani). Sophie purposely selects the ‘two losers’ Teji and Jinal in order to settle scores with her Gary, who refuses her partnership in the company. The entire film is supposed to be a comedy of errors with both Teji and Jinal winning Bollywood fraternity’s hearts with their genuine talent. What it turns out to be is a whole different story. In between all this is the main celebrity host of the show Karan Johar, who has his own set of issues with the organiser Gary. But at the same time, Karan is also under threat of being kidnapped by his lookalike NY based gangster Arjun (Karan Johar) who wants to punish him for making romantic films. Riteish Deshmukh, who is the co-host of the show, uses this situation to his own selfish benefit. In between all this chaos behind the scene, IIFA awards take place in New York.

Reviews:

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Positive Reviews
Average Reviews
2.5 “The film must have sounded clever on paper as it doesn’t take itself too seriously and attempts to recreate the irreverent tonality, characteristic of the banter at award shows.”
Times Of India
2.5 “Welcome To New York is more a series of comedy skits stuck loosely together than an actual film with a coherent plot and screenplay..”
Filmfare
Negative Reviews
2.0 “WELCOME TO NEW YORK comes across as a blatant endorsement of IIFA with a handful of funny gags thrown in here and there.”
Bollywoodhungama
2.0 “Sonakshi Sinha And Diljit Dosanjh’s Film Is A Mindless Yet Harmless Comedy”
NDTV
1.5 “The film fails miserably in its intent if the intent were to spoof Bollywood, as it only does that for the sake of punchlines and does not explore it better.”
Rediff
1.5 “A daft, comatose jibe on IIFA with sprinklings of punches”
Indiatvnews
1.0 “Full Throttle Assault On Your Senses!”
Filmibeat
1.0 “Will Put You Back To Sleep Even If You’re Just Up”
koimoi
1.0 “This movie was a complete waste of time and the 300 bucks I spent on the ticket. Watch it on your own risk.”
News18
1.0 “A brain-dead endorsement of IIFA”
Deccanchronicle
1.0 “This Sonakshi Sinha and Karan Johar starrer is a lame tribute to Bollywood”
Indianexpress
1.0 “Directed by Chakri Toleti and starring Karan Johar, Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha and Riteish Deshmukh, this incoherent mess of a film plays out more like an extended skit or a school play”
Filmcompanion
0.5 “Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha’s extended IIFA promo is a never-ending pain”
Hindustantimes

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