Happy New Year: Movie Review

Happy New Year Movie Poster

Happy New Year Movie Poster

Release Date: 24th October 2014

Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Abhishek Bachchan, Vivaan Shah, Jackie Shroff

Directed by: Farah Khan

Music: Vishal-Shekhar

Duration: 3 hours

The three big Khans of Bollywood have become the most celebrated actors of the industry with their films being treated no less than a festivity. Perhaps the fact that we only see them once in a year also adds to the audience’s eagerness and excitement. This year Diwali brings back one of the most emblazoned actors, Shah Rukh Khan, back to the silver screen. After much hype and anticipations, the most talked about project Happy New Year hit the theaters today! It brings the entertainer Farah Khan back to the direction after four long years.

Plot: Charlie wants to avenge the death of his father, who was abetted to take his own life after being put at the wrong place by diamond merchant Charan Grover. After having plotted for eight years, he plans out a major robbery which will lead to the downfall of hi enemy.

Performances: There is a reason why Shah Rukh Khan is known as the king of Bollywood! No matter how long it takes to get him back to the big screen, it is always worth the wait! His mesmerizing charms and profound calibre works wonders for him every single time. Happy New Year owes it to the magic of this very man of honour!

Deepika Padukone delivers an earnest performance as always. She is indeed a star of unbound potential and talent.
Abhishek Bachchan is effortlessly humorous! After a very long time the audience finally gets to praise him for his work. Comedy is truly his forte.

Sonu Sood is perhaps the most underrated actor of Bollywood. With such a physique and acting skills, he surely has a way to go!

Boman Irani is a plethora of talent! Actors like him are the true gems of Bollywood.

Vivaan Shah, for his first role, looks good enough in the film.

Jackie Shroff, unfortunately, goes wasted in this one. Only if his role had some depth and volume, it would have definitely added to his menacing demeanour.

Music: Abiding by Farah’s rules, the music has been credited to the very talented duo Vishal and Shekhar. The album is a completely fresh composition with a lot of techno beats used to add power and zest. The quality of the songs might be low but the fun is extremely delighting. The best from the lot: Lovely/Kamlee by Kanika Kapoor.

What’s Good: The best thing about Happy New Year is that it brings Shah Rukh Khan back to the silver screen and that too in such a sultry avatar. His eight pack abs are the perfect cherry on the cake. The film is light in mood and is infused with good humour and masala. All the actors have done a commendable job and are worth watching every minute. The cinematography is exceptionally brilliant.

What’s Bad: Despite of much expectations, the film lacks a meaty plot that could have made Happy New Year a complete package. The sub-plots are loosely carved and the editing is poor. And this clearly shows up in the long 3 hour duration that the film makes you sit for.

One of the biggest projects this year, Happy New Year turns out to be a thorough entertainer! Farah Khan packs in some good moments of laughter and fun in the film apart from the emotion quotient. The duration of the film is definitely a speck on the work but is quite endurable as a whole. Happy New Year definitely brings Farah Khan back in form and gives the audience a good stress buster after the long brouhaha of Diwali. It is for sure a must watch this weekend!

Verdict: Happy New Year is a festive treat for Shah Rukh Khan lovers!

Rating: ***