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Welcome To New York
Producer: Vashu Bhagnani, Deepshika Deshmukh, Jacky Bhagnani, Andre Timmins, Viraf Sarkari
Director: Chakri Toleti
Starring: Sonakshi Sinha, Diljit Dosanjh, Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh
Music: Sajid-Wajid, Shamir Tandon and Meet Bros
Lyrics: Charanjeet Charan, Kumaar, Kausar Munir, Sajid and Danish Sabri
Audio On: Pooja Music    Number of Songs: 5
Reviewed by: Anish Mohanty  - Rating: 3.0 / 10
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'Welcome To New York' is India's first stage-reality film that was shot during the IIFA awards celebrations last year. As the film features Sonakshi Sinha, Diljit Dosanjh and Karan Johar in principal roles and has cameos by several bigwigs of Bollywood including Salman Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput, one expects some good music to prop things up for this one-of-its-kind film. The music has been composed by Sajid-Wajid, Shamir Tandon and Meet Bros and the lyrics have been penned by Charanjeet Charan, Kumaar, Kausar Munir, Sajid and Danish Sabri.

One had expected the album to open with a fun and vibrant number but it is "Ishtehaar", a romantic song seeped in melancholy that serves as the opening number. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan does a great job behind the mic as always but it is good to see newcomer Dhvani Bhanushali holding her own while singing the song with the veteran. Shamir Tandon composes a very god melody and Charanjeet Charan decorates it with some heart-rending lyrics.

"Nain Phisal Gaye" is the third time Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and composers Sajid-Wajid collaboarete for a song that talks about nain/naina/eyes. Unfortunately, it is a disaster from the word go and is not even a pale shadow of "Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" ('Dabangg') and "Dagabaaz Naina" ('Dabangg 2'). Singer Payal Dev fails to lend any spunk or energy to the track. The song bears a resemblance to the kind o sound one associated with Sajid-Wajid a decade back and thus, sounds absolutely stale.

"Sadda bhi apna tashan hai, saddi pant mein gun hai", you are free to interpret what that line means. Whether it is Diljit Dosanjh's over-processed voice, the insipid lyrics, deathly boring tune or the uninspiring arrangements, it is hard to figure what is the worst thing about

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