Welcome to the new main man of Bollywood. Having scored a Box Office hat trick for his earlier three releases of 2007, the inimitable Akshay Kumar is set to triumph the silver screen for the fourth time in a row this year, with the release of Welcome – a rollercoaster movie journey that pays homage to the classic formula of Bollywood movie ‘masala’ magic – opening worldwide on 21st December.
Welcome is 2007’s mega Christmas release, which boasts lavish locales, chartbusting music and major star power, headed up by the unparalleled Akshay Kumar, all making for the biggest knockabout comic caper of 2007.
Forget the Khans! 2007 has been the year of the Kumar, as celluloid superstar, Akshay Kumar has topped international box offices with the consecutive successes of Namastey London, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa. In a spectacular finale to what has been a victorious year for Bollywood’s, Welcome combines all of the classic ingredients of the Bollywood superhit formula, to ensure that it makes for a fitting climax for the end of 2007, and the forthcoming festive season.
100 per cent, pure, unadulterated ‘masala’ entertainer, Welcome presents the ever-versatile Akshay Kumar in a completely different light, compared to his recent spate of mirthful film roles. Produced by industry stalwart, Firoz Nadiadwala (Phir Hera Pheri) and directed by Anees Bazmee (No Entry), Akshay Kumar is supported by an impressive list of fellow industry A-listers, in a role that will see him warm the hearts of cineastes and critics once more.
Akshay Kumar plays handsome and principled bachelor, Rajiv, who falls for the effervescent Sanjana (played by Akshay’s lucky lead lady from Namastey London, Katrina Kaif) on a cruise trip, unaware that he is soon to become embroiled with his sweetheart’s troupe of sibling serio-comic mobsters.
Commenting about the imminent release of Welcome, Akshay comments, “I am extremely excited about the release of Welcome. I really wanted to get involved in a film project that goes back to the true essence of the Bollywood ‘masala’ movie, and Welcome is exactly that. There is something in it for everyone; it is high on entertainment and feelgood factor and is cinema for the soul. Filming Welcome was such a pleasurable experience, and that will certainly come across to audiences who see this movie. Welcome is a befitting climax to 2007 and is the perfect film for the festive season.”
Welcome releases in the UK and internationally on 20th December 2007