Farah Khan teams up with Shah Rukh Khan who acted in both her blockbusters Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om, with yet another multi-starrer HAPPY NEW YEAR (HNY) HAPPY NEW YEAR is a film about the ‘losers’ and their mission to pull off the biggest diamond theft of all time. The film starts off with a world dance competition finale, where ‘Team India’ goes missing. Team India is led by the ‘Boston University topper’ Chandramohan Manohar aka Charlie (Shah Rukh Khan) whose ‘entry’ is shown in an illegal kick boxing match. Charlie is out on a mission to take revenge for his father, Manohar (Anupam Kher), who is swindled by the evil mind Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff) and imprisoned for 12 years.
Charlie’s master plan is to steal Rs. 300 crore worth diamonds that are under Charan’s security in Dubai. His associates in crime are: A partially deaf Jagmohan Prasad aka Jaggu aka Jag (Sonu Sood) who is an ex-army bomb squad member, a self-proclaimed Parsi ‘stud’ Tammy Irani (Boman Irani) who is an expert at opening refined lockers and who carries a mini supermarket in his bag, a young hacker Rohan Singh (Vivaan Shah), Nandu Bhide (Abhishek Bachchan) whose ‘USP’ is that he can puke anytime, anywhere, and then there’s Mohini (Deepika Padukone) who is a bar dancer with a dream of opening a dance school for young girls. Mohini has a huge weakness for English speaking people! She is someone who lives by the saying ‘Haaro toh haaro, Ijjat mat utaaro’, which means for her ‘ijjat’ (dignity) is everything. The plan is to not just steal expensive diamonds from Charan, but also to reinstate the lost glory of Charlie’s innocent father, by placing Charan in jail. To implement this plan however, the team needs to participate in the ‘World Dance Championship’ which takes place in the Atlantis hotel, precisely where Charan will be keep the diamonds for a one day display in Dubai. Charlie and his team enroll in this competition and despite all the boys being non-dancers, they use their antics to survive amongst the best dancers in the world.
With mega blockbusters like Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om behind her, director Farah Khan who also couples up as the film’s writer along with Mayur Puri and Althea Delmas Kaushal seems to know audience’s taste when it comes to masala movies. The soul and the story of the film remain truly Indian with Bollywood masala, comedy and romance. Farah has managed to make a glossy film with stunning visuals. The film is a bit stretched with its run time going to almost 3 hours, the comic moments, dance and music keeps you engaged. Shah Rukh Khan who leads the film on his able shoulders right from the word go. Be it his quintessential romance with his lady love Deepika Padukone or the fight sequences, or his acting performance as Charlie, Shah Rukh Khan excels in every department. In this film, he has been portrayed more as an action hero who can sing and dance, which again, the King Khan has done full justice to. If he donned a 6 pack abs in Om Shanti Om, he moves ‘two steps ahead’ to exhibit a whopping ‘8-pack abs’, which looks undeniably good on him! Deepika Padukone, on the other hand, does full justice to her character Marathi bar dancer. After Chennai Express this is yet another quirky character that the actress has played in one more SRK film. Deepika has certainly developed as an actress and she proves that yet again with her comic role in this film. Do not miss the scenes when even her silent love for Shah Rukh Khan speaks volumes.
Sonu Sood outshines in his role and looks persuasively funny. Abhishek Bachchan is back to doing loud comedy in this film after Bol Bachchan. In this film, be ready for a double dose of Abhishek as he is seen in a double role. Do not miss his take on his father Amitabh Bachchan’s iconic dialogue ‘I can talk in English and walk in English’. The ever-versatile Boman Irani proves that he is a bankable actor and such roles are tailor made for him. Vivaan Shah also performs well with so many experienced actors around him. After his ‘fatherly act’ in DHOOM 3, Jackie excels in this film as well, but, in a heinous role. Like her previous films, this film too includes many cameos, including Sajid Khan, Prabhu Dheva, Malaika Arora Khan, Sarah Jane Dias, Dino Morea (as a host), Anurag Kashyap and Vishal Dadlani. Do not miss the camaraderie between Anurag and Vishal, who are lovingly inclined in this movie. Anupam Kher is convincing in his ’emotional appearance’, despite having a brief role.
The music of the film (Vishal-Shekhar) is indeed one of the film’s major highlights. Most of the songs are appropriate for the film’s circumstances and helps in moving the story forward. The choreographers (Farah Khan and Geeta Kapoor) do total justice to this extravagant dance movie. The film’s background music (John Stewart) is quite good. The film’s editing (Anand Subaya, Tushar Parekh) is crisp. Manush Nandan does full justice in the cinematography department, so does writer Mayur Puri, who doubles up as the screenplay writer and the dialogue writer for this movie. The action sequences (Suniel Rodrigues and Dave Judge) are choreographed superbly. Happy New Year is certainly a mega blockbuster not to be missed!
Rating : 8/10 | 4 Stars