When Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan join hands, we know the movie is supposed to be light and humorous and the cast will be seen having a lot of fun. And that they surely do! The musical heist film, which revolves around a Dance Championship, Farah Khan’s Happy New Year is that flick that you’d watch to merely derive fun out of, not expecting too much on the logical front.
Charlie, Mohini, Nandu, Jag, Tammy and Rohan, all non-dancers, except for Mohini, embark upon a journey to loot Charan Grover and seek revenge of the fiasco he put Charlie’s father into. And with that thought, comes the idea of making it to the World Dance Championship, dancing, making heist seem a piece of cake, giving quirkiness a new swing.
For all SRKians, the film is 8 pack wonder, with sleek and uber stylish SRK, impressing all by his style. But the film lacks an authenticity in terms of its plot and storyline. Throughout the film, you should put Logic mode off and just sit through to enjoy the cheeky humor and one-liners. Especially the dialogues where everyone does an SRK be it by repeating or personalizing Shah Rukh’s famous dialogues and not to forget the signature arms’ spread- Shah Rukh style.
The film is and in and out Shah Rukh Khan flick. He walks, talks, and exudes the Khandom of King Khan. Happy New Year is not a film that is to be treated like the rest of the commercial releases. It is special in terms that it delivers to that section of SRK fans, who can love Shah Rukh in any mode, character and form, and that covers merely being a part of a film, that is low on I.Q but high on C.Q (Coolness Quotient). Shah Rukh has that magnanimous charm and that dimpled flamboyance is full well utilized by Farah Khan.
Abhishek Bachchan has a double role and in shoes of Tapori Nandu Abhi spills on the platter the mawalipan, in a very wacky manner. Deepika Padukone as Mohini is all about hotness and looking good, but she also has sweet nonchalance about her. Mohini, not-talk-the-English will crack you up at some point.
Boman Irani as Tammy is adorable at times, and will not bore you much. Sonu Sood and Vivan Shah also fit into their characters. But you will certainly find some oddness about everyone put together. Maybe that is what Happy New Year sums upto.
A typical Farah Khan film is all about glamour, extravaganza and commercial cinematic experience. And you will find Happy New Year on those lines too. As a director, Farah has done what she is good at- delivering a commercial masala entertainer. And she has fully put to use the magnanimity of Brand Shah Rukh Khan. And the film is going to be collecting quite some moolahs, no doubt.
The camera work is quite wondrous, especially the Dubai leg, where the gorgeous city is presented in a very splendid manner. The strong point of the film is the film’s music by Vishal Shekhar. Every track has a story to tell and merges well with the situation.
If it is a Farah Khan venture, then the special appearances become the talk of the town too. Be it Sajid Khan, Prabhu Dheva, Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Shekhar, Malaika Arora Khan, Geeta Kapoor, Dino Morea, in the film, all have impressionable appearances. But the most adorable and fantastic one is of Gauri Khan and the baby Khan-AbRam’s. He is a chubby little ball of cuteness and while playing with Papa Khan, he looks eatable. Another Superstar in the making it seems!
Watch or Not:
In Charlie style, if I had to sum this up, then I would say, “Happy New Year Movie ke bare mein main aap do baate jaan le”. Firstly, if you are a Shah Rukh freak then any SRK cine becomes a must-watch saga for you. And secondly, if you remove SRK from the equation and then ask, then you might consider giving it a try. But do keep your brains to rest while watching the film.
It is your call now to ask yourself, “Are you feeling alright, ki it’s a nonsense ki night?”
Thumbs Up: Cheek in tongue humor, catching the eye extravaganza, AbRam’s special appearance
Thumbs Down: Typicality, predictability, no logical explanation