Director: Anees Bazmi
Producer: Firoz A. Nadiadwala
Music Director: Sajid-Wajid, Himesh Reshammiya and Anand Raj Anand
Lyrics: Sameer, Shabbir Ahmed, Ibrahim Ashq, Anand Raj Anand
It may seem promising after tuning into its title track, but the expectations plummet with a collection of drained and vexing tracks which follow suit. Welcome has an amalgamation of songs arranged by not one but three different composers, however instead of getting a spiced up product, the result is dead pan.
If you thought Sajid-Wajid couldn’t get any better than their ‘Do You Wanna Partner’ and ‘Soni De Nakhre’, you’re mistaken. Though Welcome’s title track doesn’t come close to their superb compositions of Partner, the former has its own charm. With Shaan’s versatile vocal techniques, Soumya Rao’s in-the-mood voice and an imitation of Donald duck’s squeaky tones, this track leaves no stone unturned. The idea of using varied instruments and local sounds has worked the best for this composition.
Anand Raj Anand’s ‘Hoth Rasiley’ starts off with a big bang! But when Shreya Ghoshal’s thin voice creeps in, it feels like some typical ‘dandiya’ song playing. It just plainly turns out to be a disaster. In bits and pieces the music seems to be a cut-copy-paste of Tom Dick and Harry’s track and Shootout At Lokhandwala’s Unke Nashe Main. Lyrics are a major put off! It seems a criminal waste of a potent song.
The start notes of Himesh Reshammiya’s Inshah Allah sound like an orchestra playing. The music is very commercial, but the lyrics are a little hard to digest. They seem forced and nitwitted. His ‘oooing’ is very much a part of this song too.
He is struggling to sing here! Himesh’s Kola Laka Vellari sounds ‘weird.’ If only someone could explain us the lyrics! If it’s one of those romantic songs, then it is utterly typical.
Ucha Lamba Kad’s music sounds like Madhuri’s Makhana which was a huge hit. The song is just about okay, doesn’t offer anything different. Anand Raj Anand crooning is perfect to T.
Anand’s third creation for this album is nothing great like his others. It’s not very appealing in terms of Anjaan Sagari’s lyrics, the song’s construction and vocals.
The songs can rule hearts if only they have a gripping picturesque, as this album’s stand alone success is uncertain. We doubt if the music lovers will ‘welcome’ this!