Happy New Year


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Farah Khan
Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone
180 min
Vishal Shekhar, John Stewart Eduri
Gauri Khan
Release Date
24 Oct 2014
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Inox Vizag

Verdict: Happy New Year is a commercial flick which might go on to top the collections owing to the sheer presence of a few actors but is otherwise a poorly made movie with over the top action and slapstick humor.

 Shahrukh Khan and Farah Khan team up for the third time after Main Hoon Naa and Om Shanti Om. Both these films were blockbusters and the combination has raised a lot of expectations. Unfortunately, this film doesn’t even come close to the expectations. Charlie assembles a team of losers and plans the biggest robbery of diamonds and in order to achieve this the team has to participate in the World Dance competition. The reasons for planning the robbery and the end result forms the crux of the story.

It is pretty difficult to figure out what Shahrukh Khan, one of the best actors that Bollywood has seen, is doing in such a film. There is nothing in the role which challenges his acting skills and this movie is a poor selection by him if not the worst. The only aspect of him which stands out in the movie is his toned body. Deepika Padukone is also wasted in the role and apart from her looks and a couple of sizzling dance sequences, there is nothing much for her in the film. Sonu Sood, Vivian Shah and even Boman Irani over emote and are made to look like under performers. Jackie Shroff doesn’t have a lot of screen space and there is nothing notable about him either. Abhishek Bacchan is probably the only saving grace when it comes to performance. While his role is equally irritating, he still manages to pull it off well and garner few laughs in bits. Anupam Kher does what is required of him in the limited role.

Farah Khan’s skills look amateurish even after three films as a director in similar genre. The movie is intentionally loud in most places and a lot of scenes are slack. The final dance act during the titles is probably the most entertaining part of the movie. Barring a few dance practice episodes, there is nothing much to look forward to in the film and even in those scenes, Farah’s skills as a choreographer can be appreciated rather than her skills as a director. Happy New Year is only a touch better than her previous outing Tees Maar Khan which was a disaster. She also failed miserably in using the talent of the actors effectively.

Happy New Year has maintained very high production values and some huge sets for the song sequences and the dance competition are good. The Vfx team needs special mention and they have done a brilliant job in the post production team especially the way they toyed around with fire throughout the film. Music is fine and a couple of songs are hummable. Cinematography is good almost throughout the film.

Overall, lack of a decent storyline, poor direction, logic less action sequences and under-utilized actors all pull the movie down. If you are a die-hard fan of any of the lead actors and don’t mind wasting time on senseless comedy, you may watch the movie but for the rest, it is safe to avoid this.


Reviewed by Balu. P


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