Welcome (2007 film)

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Welcome
The poster features entire ensembled star-cast. The film title appears at top.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnees Bazmee
Produced byFiroz Nadiadwala
Written byAnees Bazmee
Story byAnees Bazmee
Starring
Narrated byOm Puri
Music bySongs & Score:
Sajid-Wajid
Composers:
Anand Raj Anand
Himesh Reshammiya
CinematographySanjay F. Gupta
Edited byAshfaque Markani
Production
company
Base Industries Group
Distributed byUTV Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 21 December 2007 (2007-12-21)
Running time
158 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget40 crores[1]
Box officeest. 123 crores[2]

Welcome is an Indian 2007 Hindi-language comedy film written and directed by Anees Bazmee,[3] which stars Feroz Khan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal,and Mallika Sherawat, with Suniel Shetty making a guest appearance and Malaika Arora featuring in an item number. Narrated by Om Puri, Welcome marks Feroz Khan's last film appearance,[4] and is produced by Firoz Nadiadwala. The second highest-grossing Hindi film of 2007 after Om Shanti Om,[5] it was the first installment of the Welcome franchise,[6] and spawned a sequel named Welcome Back which released in 2015. The film was made on a reported budget of 40 crore and grossed over 122 crore at the worldwide box office; Box Office India declared it a "super hit". The film is loosely based on the 1999 comedy Mickey Blue Eyes. Over the years, the film went on to become a cult classic among Indian audiences.

Welcome released worldwide on 21 December 2007, to mixed critical reviews, and despite initial competition from Taare Zameen Par,[7][8] was a strong financial success at the box office both in India[9] and overseas.[10] According to The Hindu, the film's climax scene is a rip-off from the Charlie Chaplin film, The Gold Rush which had been earlier used in the 1990 Tamil film Michael Madana Kama Rajan.[11]

Plot[edit]

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. Dayal Ghunghroo (Paresh Rawal) has also been trying to get his nephew Rajiv Saini (Akshay Kumar), an auctioneer, 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 his twin-gangster right-hand man Majnu (Anil Kapoor) 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.

After an initial showdown with them as he comes to know they are Sanjana's brothers and as they are confronted by Rajiv, 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) and his son Lucky (Shereveer Vakil), who refuses and leaves for a drink with friends, to the engagement. At the party, a girl named Ishika (Mallika Sherawat) arrives, claiming to be Rajiv's childhood betrothed. Ishika is actually Dr. Ghunghroo's sister-in-law, who he 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 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 Lucky'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, Dayal, his wife Payal, 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 breaks and Lucky is found hanging on the edge of the cabin. While Rajiv is trying to rescue him, Sanjana reveals the truth to everyone that she was the one who shot Lucky, but Rajiv blamed himself so that Sanjana wouldn't get in trouble. After Rajiv rescues Lucky, the cabin he is standing on falls off into the cliff. Sanjana keeps crying for him thinking he is dead. However, Rajiv survives 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. However, they realise that Ishika fooled them along with Rajiv, as a part of his plan to marry Sanjana. This angers Uday and Majnu, who decide to kill Rajiv as he escapes along with Sanjana and Ishika, but are unsuccessful.

Cast[edit]

Shetty family[edit]

Xaka family[edit]

Ghungroo family[edit]

Others[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Welcome
Soundtrack album by
Released2007
Recorded2007
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LanguageHindi
LabelT-Series
Anand Raj Anand chronology
Dus Kahaniyaan
(2007)
Welcome
(2007)
Jimmy
(2008)
Himesh Reshammiya chronology
Nanhe Jaisalmer
(2007)
Welcome
(2007)
My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves
(2008)

The soundtrack was composed by Anand Raj Anand, Himesh Reshammiya and Sajid-Wajid. The lyrics were penned by Anand Raj Anand, Sameer, Shabbir Ahmed, Ibrahim Ashq and Anjaan Sagiri.[5][12] According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 15,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's fifth highest-selling.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Honth Rasiley"Anand Raj AnandAnand Raj AnandShankar Mahadevan, Anand Raj Anand, Shreya Ghoshal4:40
2."Insha Allah"SameerHimesh ReshammiyaKrishna Beura, Shaan, Akriti Kakkar,[14]5:38
3."Kiya Kiya"Anjaan SagiriAnand Raj AnandAnand Raj Anand, Shweta Pandit (sounds much different than she did at the time)5:02
4."Uncha Lamba Kad"Ibrahim AshqAnand Raj AnandAnand Raj Anand, Kalpana Patowary4:40
5."Welcome"Shabbir AhmedSajid–WajidShaan, Sowmya Raoh, Wajid4:18
6."Kola Laka Vellari[15]"SameerHimesh ReshammiyaHimesh Reshammiya5:38

Box office[edit]

At the box office, Welcome opened to a massive response locally, by grossing 350 million (US$4.9 million) on its opening week.[16] Despite facing competition from the popular Aamir Khan-starrer, Taare Zameen Par which was also a huge success, Welcome grossed 700 million (US$9.8 million) domestically.[17] It became the second highest-grossing film of 2007, just behind Om Shanti Om. The worldwide gross was around 1.22 billion (US$17 million).[2]

Sequel[edit]

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 finally released on 4 September 2015.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 1 November 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Top All Time Worldwide Grossers Updated 11/5/2012". boxofficeindia. Archived from the original on 27 December 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  3. ^ Rohini Bhandari (8 August 2007). "UTV acquires worldwide rights for Welcome". Business of Cinema. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Bollywood actor Feroz Khan dies". BBC News. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Welcome Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Malaika Arora does an item number in Welcome". Oneindia.in. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Welcome V/S Taare Zameen Par". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  8. ^ Meenakshi Verma (26 December 2007). "Taare Zameen Par adds to Christmas sparkle at BO". Economic Times. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Box Office 2007". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 27 October 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  10. ^ Joginder Tuteja (27 December 2007). "WELCOME creates record in US, UK, UAE". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  11. ^ Kamath, Sudish (4 January 2008). "No, thank you! -- Welcome". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Welcome songs". Smashits. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 24 June 2010.
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcjRNNbYEkM
  15. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVZvo_AmCUw
  16. ^ "Top First Week Earners (First 7 days only)". BoxOffice India.com. Archived from the original on 19 December 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Welcome Rules At The Box Office". BoxOffice India.com. Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  18. ^ "John gets pricey, pockets Rs 15 cr for Welcome Back". India Today. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2016.

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