It’s a busy Friday in tinseltown this week, as two films- Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, and Welcome To New York, are clashing at the box office. Since Padmaavat, Padman, and Black Panther are still going strong in cinemas, the two films have a lot of competition to breeze through.
But what are the initial reactions to the two comedies? Let’s have a look at Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety first.
The reactions have been mixed for this Luv Ranjan directorial. While most men seem to be enjoying it, the women are finding it difficult to digest. Also, the critics are divided.
Sameeksha Dandriyal of News 18 has given the film 1.5 stars out of 5, and writes, “The film had all the potential with a good cast to address the millennial issue of ‘third wheeling’ and that would’ve been fun to watch, but instead, they decided to make it an out and out ‘guy’ film, slamming women for even existing.”
Meanwhile Sweta Kaushal of Hindustan Times gave it 1 star out of 5, and wrote, “Luv Ranjan — of Pyaar Ka Punchnama fame — is back with his team of actors, Nushrat Bharucha, Kartik Aaryan and Sunny Singh, and a new film, Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety. It is the story of a girlfriend and a friend fighting over the ‘possession’ of a man. Yep, this would be perhaps the first misogynist attempt where even a man has been objectified in the process.”
Rohit Bhatnagar of Deccan Chronicle gave the film 3 stars out of 5, and wrote, “Luv Ranjan’s obsession of making films in his comfort zone churns out the best in him. Peppy music, hilarious dialogues, Luv never disappoints his target audiences.”
Renuka Vyavahare of Times Of India loved the film, and gave it 3.5 stars out of 5, writing, “If you are familiar with Luv Ranjan’s brand of youthful romcoms, you must know that they often represent young lovelorn men, who find themselves dancing to the tunes of manipulative girlfriends. Sonu Ke Titu ki Sweety (SKTKS) too revolves around a hapless victim of calculative ‘affairs’ and if you liked the Pyaar Ka Punchnama movies, you are bound to enjoy this one.”
Taran Adarsh also liked the film, as was evident from his tweet-
This ROMANCE vs BROMANCE is an absolute joyride… Luv Ranjan gets it right yet again, after #PyaarKaPunchnama and #PyaarKaPunchnama2… #SKTKS
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 22, 2018
Welcome to New York, on the other hand, was struggling with early reviews being less than favourable.
Rohit Bhatnagar of Deccan Chronicle gives the film 1 star out of 5, and writes, “The film is a torturous endorsement of IIFA. The only question popping up in your mind is, ‘What is it?’ Is it a film or a fancy documentary on IIFA Awards in New York. Enter the theatre at your own risk or at least carry a punching bag along with you if you are unfortunate to see it.”
Kunal Guha of Mumbai Mirror has given the film 1.5 stars out of 5, and writes, “There are several points when one is forced to wonder the objective of making this film. Is this a front for an elaborately-constructed tax break? Is director Chakri Toleti actually a deceptive chartered accountant with breakthrough ideas? Does the said award function stand to gain or lose from this cinematic misadventure? Did Karan Johar have latent acting desires which couldn’t be accomplished in Bombay Velvet? We’ll never know.”
Lasyapriya Sundaram of Times Of India liked the film better, and gave it 2.5 stars out of 5, and wrote, “The in-jokes about the industry are plenty and Karan and Riteish bring their A-game to the film just like their acts at awards shows. In fact, Karan has some of the best lines and entertains with his double act.”
Devesh Sharma of Filmfare gave the film 2.5 stars out of 5, and wrote, “All-in-all, Welcome To New York is more a series of comedy skits stuck loosely together than an actual film with a coherent plot and screenplay. It’s a fresh idea alright and better execution would have turned it into an eminently enjoyable film.”
Karan Johar’s acting also came in for some special praise by Taran Adarsh-
Karan Johar is toooo funny in this quirky comedy #WelcomeToNewYork, while Diljit Dosanjh and Riteish Deshmukh’s comic timing is noteworthy… Boasts of some LOL moments and crazy one-liners… Salman, Katrina, Rana Daggubati, Sushant Singh Rajput add to the glam quotient… #WTNY
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 23, 2018