Happy New Year is a film about a team of six losers who fake participating in a dance competition in their attempt to pull off the greatest diamond heist ever.Wikipedia
Happy New Year Reviews
If its indulgences were trimmed, this might have been a more enjoyable film.For a film in which dance is so integral to its plot, I didn't think the musical set-pieces here stood out particularly. The focus isn't so much on the moves, as it is on the scale of the dance numbers. And that's a shame.
It turns out to be a cross between an `Oceans 11/12’ and ‘Flashdance’ and a whole bunch of movies that topline Mera Bharat Mahan sentiments....a long showreel of what Shah Rukh Khan the superstar can do...
It’s all about Indiawaale, and while Sonu Sood stays consistent and Deepika inevitably dazzles, it is Shah Rukh himself who appears the most out of place -- in a movie made to rest on his shoulders. Perhaps they piled too much onto him; perhaps the decades of raising those arms into that iconic pose have taken their toll... Either way, Happy New Year never gets to soar.
I have a very high tolerance level for anything Shah Rukh is in, and yet Happy New Year was a slog. Which compels me to repeat a line from my review of Chennai Express: Come back, Rahul. All is forgiven.
As far as a final verdict is concerned, there is nothing wrong with Happy New Year if all that you are looking for is a good timepass and entertainment.
Because the film manages to tick most formula boxes, one can expect it to rock the festive weekend, a time when the audience automatically seems to get less discerning. We don’t know how much this Diwali release will leave you smiling, but those dazzling lights and eye-popping colours will leave you blinking for sure.
The film relies more on the two-minute noodle brand of patriotism than it does on common sense in order to further the plot. Featuring some adorable cameos from Anurag Kashyap and Vishal Dadlani and (yes, you’re reading this right) Sajid Khan. This could have been a much better film if only it had dared to move out of its comfort zone. Happy New Year is a film that’s bound to make you feel good, but trust me, the feeling won’t last.
There is no dearth of gloss in Happy New Year, but everything else in the film, including the content and its treatment, are allowed to go for a toss.
It's not a film about an ingenious heist (far from 'Oceans Eleven') or dance, it's a film about everything genuinely Bollywood - where logic gets a 'fit', gloss covers up the glitches, cameos creep in without a warning; and the rest of the plot finds comfort in the hero's hot-bod (anything from 6 to 8 packs - take your pick!) and outstretched arms.
If you must watch this film, then tell yourself that “I am feeling alright, because it’s a nonsense ki night.”
Make this Diwali even more special with Happy New Year. One of the best entertainers of 2014.
Visually Happy New Year looks great but why wouldn't a film with a big banner, a talented filmmaker like Farah Khan, a good cast and great locations? That's never the challenge. The challenge is to entertain and Happy New Year falls short in entertaining, it's long length of over three hours being the weakest point.There is no doubt that Farah Khan knows the craft well but she is yet to give an entertainer like Om Shanti Om.
Happy New Year is a muddled mess which has its own warm moments but as a package fails to work. Three hours of Shah Rukh flaunting his abs and swagger gets too much to take minus a strong storyline. Farah Khan has redeemed Tees Maar Khan but Happy New Year is her most mediocre work. It’s a magnum opus which is pretty much hollow from within and remains an all frills, no thrills show.
The film, at best, seems like Shah Rukh paying a tribute to himself. He paraphrases dialogues of his earlier films. With his ten-pack abs, bronzed face and blond streaks, he goes for an image makeover. He is no longer the quintessential romantic hero but a patriot, a devoted son, a fighter and a leader. For Charlie's entry, a few of litres of water are wasted. In another entry, nearing the climax, a silhouette of Khan with his arms extended, is set against the backdrop of the Indian flag with chants of "We Want Charlie". Shah Rukh, you see, is as big as the nation. Ultimately, his film is big on scale and small on ideas.
HAPPY NEW YEAR is definitely a smash hit film, which has blockbuster written all over it. The film will set new records in the days to come. Go for it!
On the whole, if you are looking for laughs, Happy New Year has a handful to offer.
Audience Reviews for Happy New Year
very very thrilling,comedy scenes are excellent
Happy New Year. After debacle called Tees Maar Khan, Farah Khan teams up with Shahrukh Khan again and result is similar to their last venture Om Shanti Om. Happy New Year makes you feel happy but there is nothing new or fresh about it.
Fortunately movie has a plot to talk about where a team of losers led by Shahrukh himself plan a heist while faking themselves as a dancing group. Movie has its moments because Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone has got a knack for comic timing and their characters make you chuckle. Farah Khan in her usual spoof style film making creates few moments of laugh as well as irritation.
Shahrukh Khan is here in his comfort zone but an actor like him should aim much better at this stage of his career. Sonu Sood seems pretty uncomfortable in comic avatar. Boman Irani is competent as usual. Movie is around half an hour extra long. The first hour could have been easily trimmed for more impact.
I am going with not bad 6 out of 10 for Happy New Year. If you don't mind brainless entertainers in the name of cinema, Happy New Year might satisfy you.
Happy New Year, a typical Farah Khan film with her lucky mascot Shah Rukh Khan. Although the movie has nothing new to offer, not to be seen with logics in place, very very predictable plot, and a few SRK dialogues rewritten, still, you may like to watch the movie for its light-heartedness.
The stage is set for the World Dance Championship at Dubai and the movie begins with the narration of Shahrukh Khan: there are only two types of people in the world- Winners and Losers. And he takes us through the flash back about the story of six losers coming together for a mission.
Charlie (Shahrukh Khan), Boston University topper, wants to take revenge with diamond merchant Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff) for betraying his father Manohar (Anupam Kher), implicating him, spoiling his business and framing him in a fake robbery. Charlie had been following Charan for the last eight years to keep a close watch on his every step. And then comes an opportunity to avenge Charan when he announced to the world in regard to 9 precious diamonds being brought and kept at his world famous locker – Shalimar Vault (which was originally made by Manohar). And the same day at the same venue, World Dance Competition’s opening ceremony was also there. Charlie plans to skillfully set up a heist plot against the international dance competition scenario.
Charlie gets his team ready for the mission of stealing these diamonds with Jagmohan Prakash aka Jag, an ex-army bomb squad expert (Sonu Sood), Temhton Irani aka Tammy, a 50-year stud and an expert to open any coded lock (Boman Irani), a hacker Rohan (Vivaan Shah), Nandu Bhide (Abhishek Bachchan) and Mohini Joshi, a bar dancer (Deepika Padukone). Everybody had a reason to be part of Charlie’s mission. Rest of the story is all about how this team of six losers plan the whole mission. How do they execute the whole plan? Are they able to fetch victory in their mission? How do they breach the security?
Yes, indeed the movie is funny in parts. Certain dialogues from SRK’s movies (DDLJ, Chak De, Devadas, Don, Main Hoon Na etc.) are rewritten. Boman has done complete justice to his stud act. Sonu, SRK have lavishly flaunted their six/eight pack abs. Abhishek is good as Nandu Bhide though his vomit is unbearable. Deepika is definitely ravishing with her athlete figure. Vivaan Shah is promising.
Movie in the second half drags. Three-hour long movie seemed to be pretty long. Emotions / pain don’t generate any empathy, don’t touch the hearts. Humour at places goes overboard. Farah has tried to evoke sense of patriotism through ‘India Wale…’ number and a shayari by SRK towards the end of the movie which conveyed that let India be a country of scams / poor people, still everybody’s heart has ‘Tiranga’; but it does not seem to fit completely. Music by Vishal-Shekhar does not do great wonders except ‘Manwa Laage…’.
The best scene in the movie: AbRam Khan’s debut at the credit segment with SRK.
One of the worst movies ever made