Too many cooks spoil the broth! WELCOME, a highly awaited laugh riot suffers from the misadventures of bigwigs by getting plagued by some mediocre works from hi-profile bankable composers. All big hopes of hitting charts with great bang and buzz will be dashed to death before it could rise to excel. Himesh Reshammiya, Anand Raj Anand and Sajid Wajid hold the baton alternatively but none of them delivers the needful for this multi- starrer magnanimous comical entertainer.
Sajid-Wajid, the funky musical ?Partner? of tinsel town gels along amiably in a frolicking way by inundating the spooky and hilarious feel of WELCOME through comical squeaky back ups and deliriously peppy vocals in the title track ?Welcome?. This rock cum jazz ?hungama? is reminiscent to the title track of APNA SAPNA MONEY MONEY with the vocal expertise of Shaan, Soumya Rao, Wajid. Unlike ?No Entry?, this title track is conceptualized moreover for initial or ending titles and can be utilized better in promotional campaigns.
It may sound weird to experience Anand Raj Anand refurbishing tunes of ?Thaare Vaaste? (SHAKA LAKA BOOM BOOM) into new trendy packaging where talented Shankar Mahadevan along with Anand Raj Anand and Shreya Ghoshal delivers a mediocre soundtrack in ?Hoth Rasiley?. It is rechristened to be another ?Kajra Re? (BUNTY AUR BABLI) for its ?mujra-qawalli? racy tempo but the overtly pitched Rajasthani folksy tunes kill all the thrills. The big occasion of communion between two multifaceted composers Shanker Mahadevan and Anand Raj Anand has gone haywire and all its merits rests on its flashy cinematic flamboyance.
Anand Raj Anand along with svelte Shweta Pandit goes full throttle in typical David Dhawan style of musical entertainment but the wayward vocal flows along with extra pugnaciously punched arrangements makes apology of affairs in average sounding ?Tera Sarafa?. The composer showed great zeal and improvisation with vocals in ?Bhula Diya? (DUS KAHANIYAN) but this lackluster ?masti? filled entertainment turns out to be big damp squib.
WELCOME is the story about Paresh Rawal wanting to find a girl for his nephew Akshay Kumar. He wants a girl whose family is clean and has no police records. Unfortunately, Akshay falls for Katrina Kaif, who is the sister of two notorious characters in the city, Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor. Boy likes girl, girl likes boy, but uncle wants out. In the meanwhile, Anil Kapoor has spotted Akshay on the streets and wants him for his sister, not knowing that the two have already met. The clip where he (Anil) and Nana Patekar combine to con Paresh Rawal in getting Akshay married to their sister is hilarious. There?s also Feroze Khan, the Bigger Don who resides somewhere in Italy. Don?t ask what his connection is???
There is the distinct Himesh Reshammiya flavour in most of the tracks, nothing rocking. The styling and the look of the film is top class. That?s about it. Even Katrina Kaif has nothing to do other than to look glamorous, and she plays that part well.
To go or not: It sure tickles your funny bone. A trip to the multiplex won?t be bad.