Welcome (2007 film)
|Directed by||Anees Bazmee|
|Produced by||Feroz Nadiadwala|
|Screenplay by||Praful Parikh
|Story by||Prajwal Nayak
|Narrated by||Om Puri|
|Music by||Anand Raj Anand
|Cinematography||Sanjay F. Gupta|
|Edited by||Ashfaque Makrani|
|Distributed by||Base Industries Group|
|Budget||₹30 crore (US$4.5 million)|
|Box office||₹90 crore (US$14 million)|
Welcome (Hindi: वेलकम) is a 2007 Indian masala comedy film directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by Firoz A. Nadiadwala & Ronnie Screwvala under the banner of UTV Motion Pictures. The film features a large ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal, Malika Sherawat and Feroz Khan in last film appearance, whilst Sunil Shetty makes a guest appearance and Malaika Arora Khan appears in an item number.
Welcome released worldwide on 21 December 2007, to mixed critical reviews and despite initial competition from Taare Zameen Par, was a strong financial success at the box office both in India and overseas. The film's climax scene is said to be inspired from the Charlie Chaplin movie, The Gold Rush.
Uday (Nana Patekar), a criminal don, takes it upon himself to get his kindhearted sister, Sanjana (Katrina Kaif) married, but he is unsuccessful since no one wants to be associated with a crime family. Dr. Ghunghroo (Paresh Rawal) has also been trying to get his nephew, Rajiv (Akshay Kumar), married but due to his condition—the alliance must be with a purely decent family—he is also unsuccessful.
When Rajiv jumps into a burning building to save Sanjana, he is smitten by her. Uday and Majnu (Anil Kapoor), Uday's friend gangster hatch a plan for an alliance with Dr. Ghunghroo. The plan works and Dr. Ghunghroo confirms the alliance, thinking that Uday is a very decent man. But when he is later told that Uday and Majnu are mobsters, he quickly takes his family and flees to Sun City, South Africa to escape. However, Majnu and Sanjana have come to Sun City as well. Rajiv meets Sanjana again and the two fall in love.
Dr. Ghunghroo reconciles with Uday and Majnu and finally agrees to the alliance. Uday and Majnu invite a powerful don of the underworld, RDX (Feroz Khan) to the engagement. At the party, a girl named Ishika (Malika Sherawat) arrives, claiming to be Rajiv's childhood betrothed. Ishika is actually the sister-in-law of Dr.Ghunghroo that Dr. Ghunghroo asked to come and try to break off the engagement. Ishika manages to do so, leaving Rajiv and Sanjana heartbroken. Dr. Ghunghroo reveals that he did this for Rajiv's mother, who had married into a crime family and was harassed and tortured, thus telling Dr. Ghunghroo to raise Rajiv away from crime when he was born. Dr. Ghunghroo decides he will agree to the marriage only if Uday and Majnu give up their life of crime. Rajiv and Sanjana do this by reawakening Uday's love for acting and encouraging Majnu to pursue his love for painting. With these things keeping them busy, Uday and Majnu have no time for crime any more.
Rajiv's actions anger RDX's son, Lucky, who attempts to shoot Rajiv. Sanjana gets hold of the gun and fires a shot that hits Lucky, causing him to go unconscious. RDX is informed of his son's death and comes to attend the cremation. However Lucky, who is still alive, escapes, trying to show his father that he's actually alive. RDX sets the pile of wood on fire, believing he is cremating his son's body. However Lucky, who had been hiding under the wood, jumps out upon realising the wood is on fire, and the truth is revealed to RDX. Rajiv, Ghunghroo, his wife, Ishika, Uday, Majnu and Sanjana are captured by RDX and brought to a cabin set next to a cliff. The frightened group is forced to play Passing the Parcel (Hot Potato) with a globe—but the one who ends up with the globe must jump off the cliff. When Rajiv refuses to pass the globe to Sanjana, Lucky angrily yanks it out of his hands, just as the music stops. Now that his son has the globe, RDX figures the only way he can maintain his image is by killing everyone. Before he can, several government brokers sneak up and cut the footings of the cabin, causing the house to start falling over the cliff, with everyone trapped inside. However, the cabin is suspended by only one column. Hilarious chaos ensues as the group tries to balance the cabin together and keep it from falling off the cliff. Rajiv finds a rope and the group uses it to get back onto stable ground. But to everyone's shock, the floor broke and Lucky was hanging on the edge of the cabin. While Rajiv is trying to rescue him, Sanjana reveal the truth to everyone that she was the one who shot Lucky, but Rajiv blamed himself so that Sanjana won't get in trouble. After Rajiv rescued Lucky, the cabin he is standing on fell off a cliff. Sanjana kept crying for him thinking he is dead. However, Rajiv survived the event and is reunited with Sanjana and his family. Lucky and RDX are grateful to Rajiv for saving their lives and RDX gives up his life of crime, allowing Rajiv and Sanjana to finally get married.
- Akshay Kumar as Rajiv
- Katrina Kaif as Sanjana Shankar Shetty
- Paresh Rawal as Dr. Ghungroo
- Nana Patekar as Uday Shankar Shetty
- Anil Kapoor as Sagar 'Majnu' Pandey
- Mallika Sherawat as Ishika/Isha
- Feroz Khan as Ranvir Dhanraj Xaka 'RDX'
- Supriya Karnik as Mrs. Ghungroo
- Sherveer Vakil as Lucky
- Malaika Arora Khan in item number
- Asrani as fake Producer
- Charlie as The Municipal worker
- Snehal Dabi as Sagar's goon
- Paresh Ganatra as Purushottam (Pappu), The Municipal officer
- Adi Irani as Uday's Lawyer
- Mushtaq Khan as Ballu, Uday's man
- Sanjay Mishra (actor) as the Pandit
- Om Puri as Narrator
- Vijay Raaz as fake Director
- Ranjeet as Mr. Kapoor
- Sunil Shetty as Himself (Special Appearance)
The soundtrack was composed by Anand Raj Anand, Himesh Reshammiya & Sajid Wajid. The lyrics were penned by Anand, Sameer, Shabbir Ahmed, Ibrahim Ashq and Anjaan Sagiri. The song "kiya kiya" became very popular.
|Honth Rasiley||Shankar Mahadevan, Anand Raj Anand, Shreya Ghosal||Anand Raj Anand and Aadesh Shrivastava(music arrangement)|
|Insha Allah||Krishna, Shaan, Akruti Kakkar, Himesh Reshammiya||Himesh Reshammiya|
|Kola Laka Vellari||Himesh Reshammiya||Himesh Reshammiya|
|Kiya Kiya||Anand Raj Anand, Shweta Pandit||Anand Raj Anand|
|Uncha Lamba Kad||Anand Raj Anand, Kalpana Patowary||Anand Raj Anand|
|Welcome||Shaan, Sowmya Raoh, Wajid||Sajid–Wajid|
The film received mixed reviews from critics and holds an average rating of 6.4 on IMDb out of 10.
At the box office, Welcome opened to a massive response locally, by grossing ₹350 million (US$5.3 million) on its opening week. Despite facing competition from the popular Aamir Khan-starrer, Taare Zameen Par which was also a huge success, Welcome grossed ₹710 million (US$11 million) domestically, and was elevated to "Blockbuster" verdict. Soon enough, it became the second highest grossing film of 2007, just behind Om Shanti Om. The worldwide gross was around ₹1.16 billion (US$18 million).
A sequel to the film, titled Welcome Back has been released. The sequel features John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar and Paresh Rawal. Earlier reported to release on 19 December 2014, the project has finally released on 4 September 2015  to mixed and negative reviews.
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