Synopsis – A team of losers win the love of millions in their quest to pull off the biggest diamond heist ever.
My Take – Farah Khan, the choreographer turned director is back with her 4th outing & like before she raises the entertainment quotient with a larger than life film, low on logic, and high on opulence, her movies flourish on song and dance, and rides purely on Shah Rukh Khan’s shoulders, or might we add abs! along with really likeable supporting characters!
Here, she has attempted to gel one of the coolest heists to be seen in Bollywood along with a dance competition, as ridiculous as it may sound, the events transpiring do manage to keep you gelled to the seat. This attempt could have easily fallen into the same trap trading purely on the stars’ names rather than an intrinsic entertainment value, which seems to be the case for a certain Khan for the past few years. However it manages to take what worked from the original Hollywood films Oceans Eleven and Italian Job and give it a great desi touch of emotions & revenge at its best. The film manages to unfolds in an entertaining manner, from the comic set up introducing every character to the final show down, Farah has made sure we don’t endure any dull moments as find out the details of the job bit by bit. While the 1st half is a bit shaky sticking to the usual cliche route while pooling in a bunch of cameos, its the 2nd half of the film, where the action shifts to Dubai, the film speedily picks up riding towards an epic climax!
Shah Rukh Khan as always, is fantastic in the lead, his strength is that he has great charisma which means he doesn’t have to ham it up. Instead he does his stuff but allows others to try and shine while he is comfortable with a constant warm glow & unlike before he is presented more of an action hero, who can also dance & romance. Deepika Padukone has never looked so gorgeous before! Its hard to turn your eyes away from her! This is one rare actress (of Bollywood) who excels in every department & role she performs. Boman Irani & Sonu Sood are hilarious & a delight to watch! Vivaan Shah gets the short end of the straw, but manages to salvage with whatever he can!Nice! Jackie Shroff pulls of the villain act with class & style, you just love to hate him! While not the leas, but probably one of the most underrated actors of our generation, its Abhishek Bachchan who steals the show in a double role! Whether its the drunken buffoon or the suave bachelor, he is hilarious & pulls every stop to make sure this is his best comic act yet! The music by Vishal-Shekhar is also good!
This is a film that will keep you fascinated the entire time you are watching. It does not stick to the conventional values of the genre that we have come to expect. The twists and turns guarantee that by the end you will be sitting there thinking ‘that was really clever’ or vice versa, while the comic elements will keep you divided; You will, like me, laugh throughout the movie – whether at, or with them! On the whole, Happy New Year is a mindless larger than life masala entertainer, with a star studded cast, an excellent second half, filled with ooze of patriotism & fun, & clearly aimed to entertain the family audience!
Director – Farah Khan
Rated – G
Run Time – 180 minutes