A decade ago, ace choreographer Farah Khan made her directorial debut with the supremely entertaining Main Hoon Na. Closely 3 years after it’s release, she came up with Om Shanti Om, an ode to the cinema of the 70’s. Every frame of the film spoke volumes of Farah’s undying love and passion for Hindi Cinema.
This Diwali, she returns to the director’s seat 4 years after her dud Tees Maar Khan.
Happy New Year isn’t exactly a movie, it’s a celebration, that too an outrageously expensive one. Every frame is equivalent to the budget of at least 2 small budget films, and when your film rides on so much glitz and glamor, logic and content automatically go out of the window. The story is as old as the hills.
Shah Rukh Khan, grabbing headlines lately, thanks to his 8 pack abs, plays Charlie, who has an indefatigable thirst for revenge against Jackie Shroff after his father was wrongly accused by him for stealing diamonds worth 300 million dollars. He assembles a bunch of losers who will help him take his revenge.
The harebrained plot involves a participation in the world dance championship in Dubai where the plan has to be executed. The idea isn’t innovative or engaging, to make matters worse, the film goes on and on and on, clocking at almost 3 hours. The gags are neither as funny as they were in Main Hoon Na nor as witty as in Om Shanti Om.
The best thing about Happy New Year is that it isn’t as painful and stupid as Tees Maar Khan. On the upside, the film is beautifully and exquisitely shot, the eye watering camerawork dazzles the screen and Dubai has been captured like never before.
Deepika is supremely funny and staggeringly gorgeous. Her never ending attempts and enthusiasm to communicate in English will surely tickle your funny bone. She has a fiery chemistry with SRK and Manwa Lage is possibly one of the most imaginatively shot songs of the year.
Abhishek Bachchan once again displays a knack for comedy and succeeds big time, he has one of the strongest characters in the film.
And then it comes to man on whose shoulders the film rides, SRK. His character doesn’t demand much to emote or perform, he’s too busy mouthing lines from his previous blockbusters, just the way he did in his last Chennai Express. He’s likely to mesmerize his female fans with his charismatic persona and those chiseled abs, wish his performance had more meat.
Happy New Year isn’t a bad film by any measure, but when it is being taunted as the biggest bonanza of 2014, you cannot help but feel dejected.
Maybe the makers should have come up with another title.
RATING – 2.5