Happy New Year ~ Review

Happy New Year sees the indestructible Shahrukh and Deepika unite. Sonika Sethi provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year is a huge film. It is a huge film in terms of its promotion, star cast and its glitzy production. However, was it a huge film in terms of expectations?

Critics and true film lovers held their breath on this one because there was some doubt that Happy New Year could disappoint.

This is particularly considering Farah Khan’s last film Tees Maar Khan, which had a disastrous outcome (critically and commercially). When Happy New Year is compared to other films of the same masala genre, then it’s actually pretty satisfactory.

Happy New Year

The actors in the film played their roles well and shared a great dynamic on screen with each other. You see them working well as a team and sharing fantastic chemistry. No wonder the SLAM tour was a success!

Particular mentions go out to Boman Irani, amazing as always in every character he gets into; Abhishek Bachchan, who is best utilised in a comic role; and Deepika Padukone, who looks ravishing in the item song ‘Lovely’.

Shahrukh Khan, however, does over act and tries to hog up too much limelight. Whilst he may be the captain of the team and the main character of the film, he plays the role as if all eyes should be fixated on only him when he’s on the screen.

Satisfactory but predictable and slightly clichéd.
The actors play their roles well and there’s a great dynamic between them.
Farah Khan leaves no stone unturned in ensuring that Happy New Year is a huge film.
A dazzling large scaled production that is a visual treat for the audience.
Not a hit for a film so huge.
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Watch Happy New Year for its grand production and star studded cast but not necessarily for its content.

His role seems too overstretched and too superstar like. It was as if he demanded a checklist was met that in this film, he must have a fight scene, must romance an actress, must dance, must have an emotional scene and must show off a sculpted body.

The production of the film was one of its greatest strengths. To shoot the film in such an iconic location like Atlantis the Palm (Dubai) and to showcase it in such an exquisite way is not only a visual treat for the audience but also probably for the owners of the Palm. They will definitely want to use some of the film’s footage on their own website!

A particularly visually striking moment was when the colours of the India flag were shown in the Dubai fountains. To achieve this truly showed the diligence and motivation Farah Khan and the Red Chillies production team possessed in ensuring that no stone was left unturned in the making of Happy New Year.

The costumes of the film could have been better. Apart from Deepika Padukone’s outfits throughout the film, Manish Malhotra disappointed in creating unique and memorable outfits, especially when it came to the performance outfits of Team India.

Farah Khan did a fabulous job in directing this film. It’s a difficult task to direct an ensemble of well known actors who would have their own needs (and egos). It is also challenging to direct a film with such a dazzling production as Happy New Year did and in a grand location like the Atlantis. There are very few directors like Farah that can direct a film as grand, in terms of actors and production, as Happy New Year.

The music was disappointing in the film. ‘Manwa Lage’ and ‘Lovely’ are good songs but don’t live up to the hype or the popularity that the music of Happy New Year should have.

Farah Khan’s previously directed item song, ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ is a hundred times better than ‘Lovely’, despite the popularity of the Kanika Kapoor track. Whilst Deepika doesn’t disappoint in the visuals, something is missing to make it a memorable item number.

The dialogues of the film are, at times, clichéd and overused. We’ve heard the Om Shanti Om dialogue many times before, so why repeat ‘picture abhi baaki hai mere dost?’ The story of the film is also clichéd and predictable, you don’t even have to think twice about what happens at the end of the film.

Happy New Year is a film that definitely won’t fail to make big numbers at the box office and draw the masses to the cinema. Whether it’s through its advance bookings, its unique promotional tour or through its star studded cast. With the film actually not being sound on content, it’s likely to gauge an average to positive word of mouth, which will keep the numbers rolling further than just the first big weekend.

Sonika is a full-time medical student, Bollywood enthusiast and lover of life. Her passions are dancing, travelling, radio presenting, writing, fashion and socialising! “Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths taken but by moments that take our breath away.”