Chakri Toleti's 'Welcome to New York' is a so-called comedy genre film including a well-known ensemble cast of Sonakshi Sinha, Diljit Dosanjh, Karan Johar, Lara Dutta, Rana Daggubati, Boman Irani and Riteish Deshmukh. Trust me do not go by its mentioned genre, as the film is absolutely dead with lame punches and an extremely boring screenplay that literally tortured us for two hours.
The torture just got doubled as earlier we couldn't bear a single Karan Johar on screen and this time we had to tolerate two KJO's essaying the double role. It is Lara Dutta's on-screen character working under Boman Irani who is the head of the international event company organizing the prestigious IIFA awards. Going by revengeful agony she decides to destroy Boman's plan choosing two worst contestants to be invited to the award ceremony. The worst contestants are Sonakshi Sinha an aspiring Gujju fashion designer and Diljit Dosanjh a Bollywood freak recovery agent. There are lamest of jokes and Diljit just starts acting as soon as he faces a mirror. Their fate changes when they are invited to New York for the 2017 IIFA event.
The only star I gave to this film is the reason there were many stars giving cameo appearances, whether it is Katrina Kaif's confrontation with Diljit or Aditya Roy Kapoor's friendly meet with Diljit and Sonakshi as well as Sushant Singh Rajput's appearance where Dosanjh misunderstanding him as MS Dhoni, there didn't come a single scene, to be very honest, that made me laugh or even giggle for a while. The two IIFA hosts Riteish Deshmukh and Karan Johar host the night and his double role gangster brother gets in his way. I mean where in the universe would this storyline lead us to. Looks like the film is made for a sake of it as it has been shot hurriedly due to the availability of so many actors coming together during the three days of IIFA awards.
The only point in the film when you can feel better is at the time of the songs that gave us a huge sigh of relief. Whether it was Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Dhvani Bhanushali's soft song 'Ishtehaar' that had Diljit Dosanjh and Sonakshi Sinha being disappointed on knowing that they were the worst picks to take down someone. The next song was quite peppy titled 'Nain Phisal Gaye' that had Salman Khan's cameo with Sonakshi. The next number 'Pant Mein Gun' had Diljit performing at the IIFA awards and Sajid-Wajid's voice has brought some energy to it.
Cinematography by Neha Parti Matiyani was quite mediocre and it did not catch our attention at all. Writers Sara Bodinar and Dheeraj Rattan have messed up the film despite such a talented group of actors. The whole film looked like an IIFA documentary snatching the real IIFA bits and lining it up for a film. Even a kid could make it out and this looked even lamer. Claims to be India's first ever 3d comedy film. God knows what 3-dimensional motion we saw in the film. We are saving 2 hrs of your life by recommending you not to watch this one.