Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff
Director: Farah Khan
Rating: 3.5/5 (Three And A Half Stars)
Farah Khan’s Happy New Year is a story of six loosers who participate in a dance competition to steal a diamond. Happy New Year is another heist movie, but luckily Farah avoided car chaces, heavy gun fire scenes and created a total masala Bollywood movie with dance, romance and fun. The film has Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika, Abhishek, Sonu and Boman in the lead roles. The film’s starcast has done a superb job and will make you busy throughout the film. The film’s script is a bit sloppy and Farah’s direction is average. Everything being said and done, audience will still enjoy the movie.
The movie starts with Charlie, who wants to take revenge from Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff) for his father. Charan runs a safety locker’s business and is about to secure a diamond in one of his safe’s at Atlantic Hotel, Dubai. Charlie makes a gang of 5 crooks to steal the diamond. The day diamond is supposed to arrive at the hotel, a dance competition is also being hosted at the same hotel. Charlie prepares his gang to participate in the dance competition and steal the diamond. Charlie’s team of losers have specific skill sets and are quirky enough to pull off the heist. Nandu (Abhishek Bachchan) is a drunkard who cant handle his drinks and usually throws up after a few. Jagmohan (Sonu Sood) is partly deaf and gets easily pumped up if someone makes a joke about his mother. Danny (Boman Irani) gets random convulsions for 30 seconds and dresses up like a 7 years old kid. Mohini (Deepika Padukone) is a dancer and becomes the part of the gang to help them win the dance competition. Rohan (Vivaan Shah) is a hacker who helps the team breaking into vaults.
Overall, Happy New Year’s star cast has performed up to the mark. Shah Rukh Khan has made it clear that he is the king of Bollywood. His charismatic persona and superb acting will surely keep you glued to your seats. Deepika doesn’t have much space to show her talent, but still stands out in the film by her superb performance. Abhishek Bachchan has done a brilliant job but his character could have been sketched more brilliantly to match his skillset. Boman Irani has done his job perfectly and has made everyone laugh with his witty jokes and performance. Sonu Sood too has done a good job despite his limited role and some repeated jokes. Vivaan Shah looks promising but lacks the skills to play the role of a nerd, still manages to blend well within the script. Jackie Shroff is as usual phenomenal.
Farah Khan has played the part of script writer and the director of the film. She has failed to impress on both the accounts. If it is not for the brilliant star cast, Happy New Year might have passed for just an average film. Farha Khan has managed to keep the first half interesting but seems to struggle in the second part of the film. Happy New Year makes a good one time watch. It may not be her best film so far but it still is another hit from Farah Khan.
The film’s music is given by Vishal Shekhar and has some peppy dance numbers. Overall, Happy New Year’s music will be remembered for dance performances.
In a nutshell, Happy New Year is a good watch with some funny moments and superb performances by the best of Bollywood.