It's the festive time and our Hindi film industry is back with another star studded big budget film to cater its cinema loving audience. The big films are planned as per the festive season, which now includes holidays like Eid, Dussehra, Christmas, Diwali and many more. But, originally Diwali releases used to be the mother of all the releases. The big banners used to release their big budgeted films, mostly on the biggest festive season, so that it could get the maximum viewers as its like a family activity for cine lovers. But, at that time there used to be multiple releases of big films giving its audience multiple options along with few Hollywood films catering to its targeted audience. Sadly, with more exhibit options available the releases have narrowed down and the majority of times it's only one big film releasing in the cinema hall. If the released movie is good and entertaining, the audience love to watch it again and this festive joy is restored in the film. But, many times we have seen that the films released are only big in names and very small in terms of content, due to which, despite of bad reviews and verdict, the cinema lovers are forced to see the only option available and yes, that's how many bad films easily enter the world of 'Crores Club'. So let's find out whether this Diwali release 'Happy New Year' will double the festive joy of the cinema loving audience by giving us another out and out Farah Khan style of entertainer on the lines of her earlier films like 'Main Hoon Na' and 'Om Shanti Om' or might end up being another over hyped size zero content based film trying only to encash over the festive time and monopoly release.
[Spoiler Alert!] 'Happy New Year' is a story of Charlie (Shah Rukh Khan) who's father (Anupam Kher) was framed by a big diamond merchant Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff). After years of research, Charlie waits for the right opportunity to seek his revenge. He plans to rob the most expensive diamonds under the security of Charan Grover, thus forms a group consisting of an explosive expert Jagmohan (Sonu Sood), bar dancer Mohini (Deepika Padukone), alcoholic doppelganger Nandu (Abhishek Bachchan), safe expert Tammy (Boman Irani) and a hacker Rohan (Vivaan Shah). Apart from the robbery they have to participate in a dance competition and together how do they overcome these challenges, is what the entire film is all about. [Spoiler Alert Ends]Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is one liner and has been stretched to almost three long hours. The first half of the first half is full of introduction of all the characters and at that time you know what the whole story of the film would be and how will it end towards the finale portions. Once the long introduction is made the movie takes its own sweet time to reach the interval portions with back to back songs and unwanted scenes. It's foolish to expect logic in such type of so called masala entertainers, but in 'Happy New Year', the writers try hard to sell their logic attached to the robbery and technical detailing with which how they manage to break into the worlds 'mehfooz' (guarded) safe, but will only be able to convince the kids below 5 years. There are many unintentionally funny scenes like Shah Rukh Khan's reaction over the word 'chor', Sonu Sood introduction scene, selection of Shahrukh's team from India, ShahRukh and team decoding the security systems and much more. The second half is still better than the first half, despite of it, also being super stretched, at least it has something to offer in terms of screenplay and story level. ShahRukh Khan fans will be feasted with his entry scene flaunting his muscular body and reciting his own dialogues from earlier films. There are some good small moments in the film due to which you are little bit entertained in this film, scenes like Deepika's 'Chak De India' speech, Boman's mother's track, Abhishek's snake dance step, Prabhudeva coaching the team, mind talks in the lift, Jackie-ShahRukh Khans meet, Vivaan visualizing the plan, Abhisheks strip show and few more. Thanks to these scenes the movie does not end up being bland or super bore and manages to entertain you in bits and pieces. The camera work is not up to the mark, the computer generated images are weak and fails to match up the required level for the film. The almost three hour length, dilutes the effect of the film.
Music & Direction:
The music by Vishal Shekhar is good, but not among their best or on the level of a Shah Rukh Khan starrer film. 'Lovely' has lots of similarities with 'Ni Main Yaar Manana Ni' from Yash Chopra's film 'Daag', but Deepika's dance is a visual treat. 'Manva' will remind you of 'Mann Yeh Sahebji' from 'Shor In The City', but again is saved due to Deepika and Farahs style of presentation. 'Dance Like A Chamiya' is funny. 'Indiawaale' is placed well in the film. 'Nonsense Ki Night' is wasted. 'Satakli' is the best song of the album.
Director Farah Khan gives a decent comeback after the debacle of her worst film 'Tees Maar Khan'. Though, her best works were 'Main Hoon Na' and 'Om Shanti Om' with Shah Rukh Khan, one does expect to see a lot of entertainment in 'Happy New Year'. On the positive note, 'HNY' is way better than 'Tees Maar Khan' but no where in comparison to the fun element associated with Farah's earlier film. There is nothing new in this film and is just a combination of many films we have seen in the past. The fun element was also not up to the mark along with the excitement level, its sad that the directors who believe in the genre of masala entertainments have started succumbing to star glory rather than thinking of its entertainment hungry audience. Shah Rukh Khan fans will be super happy as Farah does justice to capture the fan mania in this film.Performances:
Shah Rukh Khan looks great in his eight packs avatar, but on overall basis the charm seems to have faded down. His involvement in the film is to the fullest and in a few scenes like narration of his father's tale, Shah Rukh Khan over shines everyone. Though, the Shah Rukh Khan aura was highly missing. Abhishek Bachchan is super funny in his medium sized role and entertains you with his gestures. After watching him in this film one does wish Abhishek's role was a bit longer and meatier. Deepika Padukone looks great and adds life to the weak screenplay and the film narration in the middle portion. Though, the magic of her character from 'Chennai Express' was no where to be found. Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah were highly wasted. Boman Irani was hilarious. Jackie Shroff was fine in his part. You will find cameo by many celebrities like Anupam Kher, Sajid Khan, Vishal Dadlani, Anuraag Kashyap, Malaika Arora Khan, Prabhu Deva and few more.
Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well die hard Shah Rukh Khan lovers will love the movie as despite of being a multi starrer film, it's still a SRK film and caters mainly to his loyal audience only. There are few funny moments along with peppy music and decent support from the other actors, due to which one does manage to sit through this super lengthy film, which looks even more than three hours. So on an overall basis, 'Happy New Year' is not a boring film like 'Singham Returns' or mindless drama like Bang Bang but has everything we have seen before and nothing new to offer in any aspect. Thus, this movie could be re-termed as 'Happy Deja vu Year' which, if watched will remind you of many good entertainers and if skipped will not make you feel about missing out something important.Ratings: 2.5/5