|Directed by||Anees Bazmee|
|Produced by||Firoz Nadiadwala|
|Written by||Aneez Bazmee
|Narrated by||Om Puri|
|Music by||Anand Raj Anand
|Cinematography||Sanjay F. Gupta|
|Edited by||Ashfaque Makrani|
Base Industries Group
|Distributed by||UTV Motion Pictures|
|Language||Hindi & Urdu|
|Box office||116 crore|
Welcome is a 2007 Indian Hindi-language masala comedy film directed byAnees Bazmee and produced by Firoz A. Nadiadwala and Ronnie Screwvalaunder the banner of UTV Motion Pictures. The film features a largeensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Katrina Kaif,Paresh Rawal, Malika Sherawat and Feroz Khan in his last film appearance, whilst Sunil Shetty makes a guest appearance and Malaika Arora Khan appears in an item number. The film spawned a sequel, namedWelcome Back and became the first installment of Welcome film series.
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. According to The Hindu, the film’s climax scene is a rip-off from the Charlie Chaplin film,The Gold Rush and Michael Madana Kama Rajan.
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.
|Shankar Mahadevan, Anand Raj Anand, Shreya Ghosal||Anand Raj Anand and Aadesh Shrivastava (music arrangement)||Anand Raj Anand||4:40|
|“Insha Allah” Free Download||Krishna Beura, Shaan, Akriti Kakkar,Himesh Reshammiya||Himesh Reshammiya||Sameer||5:38|
|“Kola Laka Vellari” Free Download||Himesh Reshammiya||Himesh Reshammiya||Sameer||5:38|
|“Kiya Kiya” Free Download||Anand Raj Anand, Shweta Pandit||Anand Raj Anand||Anjaan Sagiri||5:02|
|“Uncha Lamba Kad” Free Download||Anand Raj Anand, Kalpana Patowary||Anand Raj Anand||Ibrahim Ashq||4:40|
|“Welcome” Free Download||Shaan, Sowmya Raoh, Wajid||Sajid–Wajid||Shabbir Ahmed||4:18|
At the box office, Welcome opened to a massive response locally, by grossing ₹350 million (US$5.2 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. It became the second highest grossing film of 2007, just behind Om Shanti Om. The worldwide gross was around ₹1.16 billion (US$17 million).