Critics Review


Gaudy Loud Entertainer


Source: Ameet Bhuvan, MovieCrow


Happy New Year is two distinct films rolled in one.

The actors are all earnest and the opulent canvas sure works in retaining your attention.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 of the characters and the sappyness of a dukhbhari daastan of a backstory. It is a half baked film that uses all the regular formulaic heist tools and naturally offers nothing unseen or unexpected. The predictability of the climax was the most fatal blow for the film. It isn�t unwatchable but horridly disappointing. Farah Khan has better mettle I believe and her funda of keeping it simple, garbed in floss doesn�t work this time(more)

Source: Mohar Basu, Koimoi


Originality? What's that, ask Farah Khan in Happy New Year.

Charlie (Shah Rukh �8-pack abs� Khan) is secretly putting together a deadly team to avenge the death of his father Manohar (Anupam Kher in an �emotional appearance�: this is how the opening credit introduces him), and the villain of his life is Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff). Nandu Bhide (Abhishek Bachchan), the vomiting expert, Mohini (Deepika Padukone), a boneless bar dancer, Jagmohan (Sonu Sood), the Bollywood version of Bacher from Ocean�s 11, Tammy (Boman Irani), �jagat� uncle, and Rohan (Vivvan Shah), the expert hacker, are Charlie�s aides and together they set out on a task to give Charan the biggest shock of his life. However, the only problem is Dabbo DC: basically WDC, or World Dance Championship, sponsored by Charan. (more)

Source: Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times


Happy New Year is a cross between an Oceans 11/12 and Flashdance.

At nearly three hours, 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 (which is often), bung in a song-and-dance whenever possible (also often), 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 The plot, such as there is, involves a bad diamond merchant (Shroff), a good safe-maker (Kher), the good safe-maker�s son Charlie(Shah Rukh), an expert safe-cracker (Irani), an ex-Army man who likes blowing things up (Sood, whose impressive eight packs sometimes get a chance to out-glisten the Khan�s ), a tapori who likes barfing (Bachchan; err, barfing Don�t ask)(more)

Source: Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express


Diwali fireworks are all about sparkle, phatakas and some crackers anyway. Gettit? So go, enjoy.

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, cameos creep in without a warning; and the rest of the plot finds comfort in the hero's hot-bod (anything from 6 to 8 packs - take your pick!) and outstretched arms. The cast pulls off their acts well; and leave you with some feel-good moments, but not enough to last three long hours(more)

Source: Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times Of India


HAPPY NEW YEAR is definitely a smash hit film, which has blockbuster written all over it. The film will set new records in the days to come. Go for it!

The music of the film (Vishal-Shekhar) is indeed one of the film's major highlights. Most of the songs (a couple of them notwithstanding) seem to be apt for the film's situations 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 really well. Also, as committed by Shah Rukh Khan, this film too sees the name of Deepika Padukone (heroine) appear before his name in the opening credits. The makers have spared nothing to make the film look extravagant and visually stunning. Red Chillies VFX team requires a special mention for the same.(more)

Source: Bollywood Hungama News Network,


Happy New Year is drab.

Happy New Year is watchable in parts but its three hours and plus running time makes it woefully difficult. I looked at my watch and about 70 minutes are purely spent in introducing its six main protagonists. On their part, the actors do their best to make up for this scarcity of technical finesse and zany sense of humour with their affectionate chemistry. As the leader of the pack, SRK looks completely home. His wardrobe may resemble a disco ball (when he�s not flaunting that sickeningly sculpted torso) but the actor is unusually restrained for a Farah Khan sensibility.(more)

Source: Sukanya Verma.,