Happy New Year: Movie Review

Rating: **

Cast:
Shah Rukh Khan
Deepika Padukone
Abhishek Bachchan
Sonu Sood
Boman Irani
Vivaan Shah
 
Director: Farah Khan


What’s the film about:

Charlie (Shah Rukh Khan) wants to avenge his father (Anupam Kher) by stealing multi-million dollar diamonds from a vault which is in the possession of Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff) who is the reason for Charlie’s father’s downfall. In order to do this, he assembles a team of losers which consist of Jag (Sonu Sood), Nandu Bhide – Dimag mein kide (Abhishek Bachchan), Tammy (Boman Irani) and Rohan (Vivaan Shah). They plan a heist but the twist is that for them to be able to get access to the diamonds, they have to enter a dance competition, known as ‘World Dance Championship’.

These self-named losers are probably the worst dancers ever and employ a number of dance teachers but all efforts go in vain. Enter bar dancer Mohini (Deepika Padukone), who with her gorgeous looks and broken English turns out to be the perfect teacher for them. Charlie and Mohini develop a love interest and then there are a lot of dance practice and thievery sessions. From there on, Charlie and gang go to Dubai for the dance competition and the heist.

What we think:

Glamour, glitz, some more glamour and action! If there was an award of how to take a mediocre script and turn it into the biggest movie of the year, then Happy New Year would win it, hands down.

The SRK-Farah duo come back together for the third time after Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om but stick to the same formula that has been tried and tested since what now seems like decades. HNY is your typical masala entertainer and completely predictable. We watch in anticipation for a change but sadly there is none.

The plot is very loose and the illogicality of it is pretty annoying at times. For instance, the so-not-needed fight on the terrace between SRK and the head of the Korean team. The movie has a very high budget, has lots and lots and lots of magnanimous sets and locations in the exotic Atlantis, Dubai but it certainly lacks solid content to back the star cast and the hype. Although, we can say that the performances of all the actors invidually and in a group was not bad. SRK tries to be his usual charming self, playing the devoted son and looking for revenge. You can easily figure out the tone of his character when lays out all his famous dialogues right in the beginning of the film. He being the protagonist obviously will get the girl and have the eight packs. The multi cast in this film has actually done a decent enough job. Sonu Sood surprises everybody with his comic skills and his abs which are much more bearable than SRK’s. Abhishek Bachchan is also entertaining at some places with his ‘English, english, english’ character. Boman Irani, in his stereotypical Parsi style is completely in character and as for newbie Vivaan, he has done a good job for whatever screen time he managed to get. Deepika Padukone looks gorgeous as ever but breaks her spell of spectacular acting in her films last year and gives less than her potential. The accent clearly feels lifted from her role in Chennai Express.

The music of the film has not topped any charts to begin with and the various renditions of ‘Manva Laage’ feel kind of weird. Farah Khan’s direction was already questioned after ‘Tees Maar Khan’ but now is in serious jeopardy. Seriously, how many times will the revenge angle work? And in such over-the-top environment created in the movie.

The somewhat regular stream of nonsense but fun comedy is the only thing that makes it bearable. There is some well-placed self-deprecating humour inserted in the entire movie but again, just like the rest of the film, it goes over the top in instances like the puking habit of Abhishek’s character which is just plain gross.

We seriously have to say that compared to the other two SRK-Farah ventures this was way, way off the mark. It is safe to say that the major reasons one would actually go for this movie is either they have nothing else to during this long holiday weekend or that they are a diehard SRK fan.

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Shah Rukh and Deepika's candid moments

  • Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone share a special bond with each other. The two pose for the camera's during a promotional event of their second movie together, Chennai Express. Looks like there is genuine affection between them.
    Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone share a special bond with each other. The two pose for the camera's during a promotional event of their second movie together, Chennai Express. Looks like there is genuine affection between them.
  • Deepika confides in SRK. Sitting together at an award function, the shimmering actress seems to be sharing a secret with the King Khan. Wonder what it was that made Deepika smile and SRK look so serious?
    Deepika confides in SRK. Sitting together at an award function, the shimmering actress seems to be sharing a secret with the King Khan. Wonder what it was that made Deepika smile and SRK look so serious?
  • Friends indeed. Deepika is seen cheering for Shah Rukh's IPL cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders. Now this is what we call true friendship, not only does Deepika root for SRK but they also coordinate their wardrobe for it.
    Friends indeed. Deepika is seen cheering for Shah Rukh's IPL cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders. Now this is what we call true friendship, not only does Deepika root for SRK but they also coordinate their wardrobe for it.
  • Shah Rukh thinks Deepika is the fairest of them all. As they get ready for a photo shoot, the Baadshah of Bollywood humbly holds the mirror for the stunning actress as she does a final touch-up. SRK does not look any less sharp in the smart suit and Deepika as usual looks flawless in the floral Erdem dress and red lips.
    Shah Rukh thinks Deepika is the fairest of them all. As they get ready for a photo shoot, the Baadshah of Bollywood humbly holds the mirror for the stunning actress as she does a final touch-up. SRK does not look any less sharp in the smart suit and Deepika as usual looks flawless in the floral Erdem dress and red lips.
  • Love is always in the air for Shah Rukh and Deepika. In this still from their latest upcoming movie Happy New Year, the couple once again proves why they are perfect for each other on screen. This intimate scene tells us that there is surely the SRK-Deepika magic in the movie.
    Love is always in the air for Shah Rukh and Deepika. In this still from their latest upcoming movie Happy New Year, the couple once again proves why they are perfect for each other on screen. This intimate scene tells us that there is surely the SRK-Deepika magic in the movie.
  • Shah Rukh snapped at the airport with his latest leading lady Deepika. Being the gentleman that he is, the actor assists one of his favourite co-stars as they are about to enter the airport as they catch a flight together. Both the actors seem very dressed down from their usual glamourous events but still in ease with each other.
    Shah Rukh snapped at the airport with his latest leading lady Deepika. Being the gentleman that he is, the actor assists one of his favourite co-stars as they are about to enter the airport as they catch a flight together. Both the actors seem very dressed down from their usual glamourous events but still in ease with each other.
  • Shah Rukh and Deepika more interested in each other. Sitting together at the event, the superstar and the actress seem to have more important things to talk about. Well, when you put the leggy bombshell in front, anybody can get distracted, even the Baadshah himself.
    Shah Rukh and Deepika more interested in each other. Sitting together at the event, the superstar and the actress seem to have more important things to talk about. Well, when you put the leggy bombshell in front, anybody can get distracted, even the Baadshah himself.
  • Shah Rukh and Deepika in the party mode. In this still from their previous movie together Chennai Express, SRK and Deepika seem to be having a blast as they jump up with joy in the promotional video of the title song.
    Shah Rukh and Deepika in the party mode. In this still from their previous movie together Chennai Express, SRK and Deepika seem to be having a blast as they jump up with joy in the promotional video of the title song.
  • Shah Rukh can get the cake and eat it too. Thanks to Deepika, SRK proves to be the envy of many male hearts as the gorgeous actress lovingly offers him the cake they cut together at Studio 8 in Dubai during Chennai Express promotions.
    Shah Rukh can get the cake and eat it too. Thanks to Deepika, SRK proves to be the envy of many male hearts as the gorgeous actress lovingly offers him the cake they cut together at Studio 8 in Dubai during Chennai Express promotions.
  • Hips don't lie for Shah Rukh and Deepika. The Om Shanti Om co-stars were caught on camera doing the famous Bollywood 'Thumka'. Hope SRK can match up to the groovy moves of the stunning actress.
    Hips don't lie for Shah Rukh and Deepika. The Om Shanti Om co-stars were caught on camera doing the famous Bollywood 'Thumka'. Hope SRK can match up to the groovy moves of the stunning actress.
  • Shah Rukh and Deepika share a rosy moment. Dreamgirl of many male hearts proposes a yellow rose to SRK while he blushes and accepts. Wonder what Gauri Khan and Ranveer Singh will have to say about this budding friendship.
    Shah Rukh and Deepika share a rosy moment. Dreamgirl of many male hearts proposes a yellow rose to SRK while he blushes and accepts. Wonder what Gauri Khan and Ranveer Singh will have to say about this budding friendship.
  • Deepika gets a new assistant. King Khan seems to be very particular about the looks of his leading lady as he himself helps her to get ready and director Rohit Shetty holds the mirror on the sets of Chennai Express. Well Deepika, you are a very lucky girl indeed.
    Deepika gets a new assistant. King Khan seems to be very particular about the looks of his leading lady as he himself helps her to get ready and director Rohit Shetty holds the mirror on the sets of Chennai Express. Well Deepika, you are a very lucky girl indeed.
  • Shah Rukh Khan upholds chivalry. SRK once again shows his chivalrous side as he graciously helps Deepika Padukone out of her jacket. The charming Badshah once again proves that he is the perfect man.
    Shah Rukh Khan upholds chivalry. SRK once again shows his chivalrous side as he graciously helps Deepika Padukone out of her jacket. The charming Badshah once again proves that he is the perfect man.
  • Deepika helps Shah Rukh tie the knot. As SRK decides to wear a lungi for the famous lungi dance from their movie Chennai Express, the actress helps him secure the knot. We actually would'nt mind a little wardrobe malfunction happening with the dashing SRK.
    Deepika helps Shah Rukh tie the knot. As SRK decides to wear a lungi for the famous lungi dance from their movie Chennai Express, the actress helps him secure the knot. We actually would'nt mind a little wardrobe malfunction happening with the dashing SRK.
  • Deepika and Shah Rukh in the love bubble. This still is from the famous song 'Main Agar Kahoon' from Om Shanti Om which was SRK's and Deepika's first movie together. Both actors look stunning in the dreamy sequence.
    Deepika and Shah Rukh in the love bubble. This still is from the famous song 'Main Agar Kahoon' from Om Shanti Om which was SRK's and Deepika's first movie together. Both actors look stunning in the dreamy sequence.
  • Om and Shanti strike a pose. SRK and Deepika mirror the actions from one of their posters of Om Shanti Om. Om Shanti Om was not only their first movie together but also the debut film for the talented Deepika Padukone.
    Om and Shanti strike a pose. SRK and Deepika mirror the actions from one of their posters of Om Shanti Om. Om Shanti Om was not only their first movie together but also the debut film for the talented Deepika Padukone.
  • SRK and Deepika put on a angry face. From Chennai Express, which was their second movie together, this photo still reminds us of SRK's famous dialogue from the movie "Don't underestimate the power of a common man".
    SRK and Deepika put on a angry face. From Chennai Express, which was their second movie together, this photo still reminds us of SRK's famous dialogue from the movie "Don't underestimate the power of a common man".
  • Deepika makes the Badshah blush. At the loving gesture by the lovely Deepika Padukone, the king of romance Shah Rukh Khan very sweetly shies away. We wonder how many men would die to be in SRK's shoes.
    Deepika makes the Badshah blush. At the loving gesture by the lovely Deepika Padukone, the king of romance Shah Rukh Khan very sweetly shies away. We wonder how many men would die to be in SRK's shoes.
  • Lets see who is stronger? Deepika and Shah Rukh seem to be playfully throwing punches at each other on the sets of their film Chennai Express. Was Deepika trying to show SRK how to fight the villain and win her?
    Lets see who is stronger? Deepika and Shah Rukh seem to be playfully throwing punches at each other on the sets of their film Chennai Express. Was Deepika trying to show SRK how to fight the villain and win her?
  • SRK and Deepika revive their golden memories. The actors re-create a special moment from their song Ajab Si from the movie Om Shanti Om where Deepika plays a superstar and SRK plays a starstruck fan. The actors who were present on Indian Idol Junior as guests were asked by the kids to perform to this song.
    SRK and Deepika revive their golden memories. The actors re-create a special moment from their song Ajab Si from the movie Om Shanti Om where Deepika plays a superstar and SRK plays a starstruck fan. The actors who were present on Indian Idol Junior as guests were asked by the kids to perform to this song.
  • Deepika takes the King for a ride. The stunning actors manage to look absolutely perfect even when performing a comedy scene on the show Comedy Nights with Kapil.
    Deepika takes the King for a ride. The stunning actors manage to look absolutely perfect even when performing a comedy scene on the show Comedy Nights with Kapil.
  • A kiss and a snap for Shah Rukh and Deepika. The gesture proves the genuine affection the actors share. Now who would'nt want to kiss the supercute dimple cheeked SRK as he smiles with absolute delight.
    A kiss and a snap for Shah Rukh and Deepika. The gesture proves the genuine affection the actors share. Now who would'nt want to kiss the supercute dimple cheeked SRK as he smiles with absolute delight.
  • A hug says more than a thousand words. Superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone share a rather sweet moment on Comedy Nights with Kapil as they promote their upcoming mive Happy New Year.
    A hug says more than a thousand words. Superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone share a rather sweet moment on Comedy Nights with Kapil as they promote their upcoming mive Happy New Year.

Check out some pictures that show just how close Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika are with each other.

Check out some pictures that show just how close Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika are with each other.

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