Review: Happy New Year


Having had two huge box-office hits with ‘Main Hoon Na’ and ‘Om Shanti Om’ – the successful pairing of Farah Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are back with a new film – ‘Happy New Year’.

The premise is simple. It’s the Christmas–New Year holiday season. The biggest dance event in the world, the World Dance Championships, is being hosted in Dubai. While all eyes are on the different world-class teams that have gathered, there are a few unlikely entrants who have somehow managed to stumble into the competition.

Happy New Year is built around 5 disparate characters who are fighting a most unlikely battle.. a battle of international proportions.. but it’s a battle being fought on a dance floor. Where the rest of the world’s competitors are battling for national pride and glory on the world stage, our 5 are dancing for a different cause.. revenge, retribution and closure. This is Team India, a group that has no confidence in its own dancing abilities, but is competing for a cause very important to them.

With the city of Dubai as the backdrop, and its global village ambience as its setting, Team India set about their task of staying in the competition. What follows is a manic run to the finish, where our characters face several challenges in their quest for victory as the film reaches its climax, a climax that is full of national pride, diabolical revenge and triumph.

The film is and in and out Shah Rukh Khan flick. Shah Rukh has that magnanimous charm and that dimpled flamboyance is full well utilized by Farah Khan. Meanwhile Deepika Padukone has once again proved why she is the best. Abhishek Bachchan is hilarious. Sonu Sood is perfect. Boman Irani is versatile and entertaining. Vivaan Shah is apt. Jackie Shroff is a little off track but fair enough. Anupam Kher is graceful.

Director Farah has done what she is good at – delivering a commercial masala entertainer. And she has fully put to use the magnanimity of brand Shah Rukh Khan. And the film is going to be collecting quite some moolahs, no doubt.

The camera work is quite wondrous, especially the Dubai leg, where the gorgeous city is presented in a very splendid manner. A strong point of the film is the film’s music by Vishal Shekhar. Every track has a story to tell and merges well with the situation.

Overall, a decent family entertainer. However, you will find the plot to be weak, predictable and inconsistent.