Happy New Year Critics’ Review
Actors: Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Deepika Padukone, Jackie Shroff, Shahrukh Khan, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah
Producer: Gauri khan
Director: Farah Khan
Release Date: October 24, 2014
Banner: Red Chillies Entertainment
Print Count: 5000 Screens in India, 1000 screens overseas
Length: 184 minutes
: The story is unreasonably illogical. Doesn’t make sense in the second half.
: The overall look of the film, primarily because of the star-cast.
Times of India (TOI) The story is simple, perched on a lavish canvas – glitzy, glamorous, gorgeous bodies (read: male torso) and with self-deprecating humour which stands out and entertains in parts (a recap of moments from SRK’s own films!). The first half spends too much time setting a plot that’s fairly uncomplicated. It’s […]
“The story is simple, perched on a lavish canvas – glitzy, glamorous, gorgeous bodies (read: male torso) and with self-deprecating humour which stands out and entertains in parts (a recap of moments from SRK’s own films!). The first half spends too much time setting a plot that’s fairly uncomplicated. It’s not a film about an ingenious heist (far from ‘Oceans Eleven’) or dance, it’s a film about everything genuinely Bollywood – where logic gets a ‘fit’, gloss covers up the glitches,
– Times of India (TOI)
“Despite having everything going for it, you wonder why they didn’t fine-tune the screenplay a bit more. There are logic issues; there are sensibility issues and in a heist film, you can’t have that. Fortunately for Farah, she pulls out a trick every time you begin to look at your phone screen. Make this Diwali even more special with Happy New Year. One of the best entertainers of 2014.
“Happy New Year’ is a long showreel of what Khan the director and Khan the superstar can do, which is this : put on display rippling eight packs whenever you get the chance , bung in a song-and-dance whenever possible , and when there is a gap, shove in some dialogue-and-action. And when all else fails, rev up the patriotic fervor, because we all love our India, right?
– Indian Express
“Happy New Year is two distinct films rolled in one. While the first hour is breezy, fun and pretty watchable, the second hour is a convoluted mess with a heist angle that doesn’t work, a romantic track that seems forced, the vivaciousness lacking from the camaraderie and the sappyness of a dukhbhari daastan of a backstory. It is a half baked film that uses all the regular heist and formulaic tools and naturally offers nothing unseen or unexpected.
“It’s all about Indiawaale, and while Sonu Sood stays consistent and Deepika inevitably dazzles, it is Shah Rukh himself who appears the most out of place — in a movie made to rest on his shoulders. Perhaps they piled too much onto him; perhaps the decades of raising those arms into that iconic pose have taken their toll… Either way, Happy New Year never gets to soar.
“No matter how much money the film eventually collects at the box office, Happy New Year, for all its visual opulence, has nothing new to offer nor is it a particularly happy narrative concoction. It has ‘stale’ written all over it. There is no dearth of gloss in Happy New Year, but everything else in the film, including the content and its treatment, are allowed to go for a toss.