‘Happy New Year’ Movie Review: Song, Dance and Drama Before Heist

hnyRating: ****

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

Kher. Director: Farah Khan

Storyline: A bunch of losers come together to steal diamonds and qualify for the world dance championship. Gripping, hilarious but lacks a strong theme.

‘Happy New Year’ is another heist-centric Hollywood-style film after series of Don 2, Dhoom 2, and Dhoom 3, which have hit Indian nerves with or without car chases and sense or sensibility. Directed by Shahrukh Khan’s director-dost Farah Khan, the action-packed and dance-driven HNY leaves no stone unturned to make the film work at the box office.

The sequence is carefully done to introduce each character, one by one with their skill sets taken care of. Nandu (Abhishek Bachchan) loves to drink and throw up. Jagmohan (Sonu Sood) is hard of hearing and gets worked up if anyone says anything about his mother.

Danny (Boman) gets random convulsions for 30 seconds and always wears weird dress, not fitting his stature. While Abhishek Bachchan leaves an impact at the end of the film, other characters have compromised with limited role to justify their presence.

Strange but the lead female character Mohini (Deepika Padukone) appears after almost one hour into the film to make the booty and beauty realistic in the film. Charlie (Shah Rukh Khan) plays the inspirer to lead the losers to win for once in the film.

Some of the memorable scenes include the sporting Anurag Kashyap-Vishal Dadlani cameo, the team that hacks into the results to get rid of a kids team called Angels, and of course, Abhishek Bachchan’s snake dance, which is bound to be a hit at nightclubs henceforth.

The flip-side of the film is its racist references to the Korean pop dance, which is famous now with PSY’s Gangnam Style but she should know that all Eastern civilizations, Korean, Chinese or Japanese hardly appreciate Indian/Western laugh as being reserved is their trait.

Otherwise, it is a film that you can see in the night to forget when you sip your morning coffee next day. That’s what a Bollywood film should be, right?

From the box office point of view, the film has been overbooked in advance that it should rake in at least half of the expenditure and make Shahrukh Khan the richest actor in the world by the turn of this year.

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