Movie Review: ‘Happy New Year’ by Neha Ravindran

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Movie: Happy New Year

Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone,Abhishek Bacchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah

Genre: Drama

With a Diwali night spent covering my ears with a pillow and holding onto my shivering dog (Iam neighbour to 50 year old ‘big boys’ who enjoy bursting loud-raucous crackers till wee hours of the morning), I woke up to Farah Khan’s Happy New Year. After a horrendous night, I forced a smile on face and a little jig in my step, as I hopped-and-skipped my way to see the touted block buster of the year. A glittering star studded cast, trailers screaming of peppy songs, Farah Khan’s enticing choreography, Shahrukh’s 6 pack abs (or was it 8?!), a promising plotline- this movie was to have it all. But then it’s the rule of life- you cannot have Diwali every day, but nightmares, oh! they follow you around mercilessly. So for me, it was jumping from the frying pan right into an iron hot pan!

Charlie (Shahrukh Khan) puts together a team of losers – Jackie (Sonu Sood) a deaf ex-army man , Tammy (Boman Irani) an expert safe cracker, Rohan (Vivaan Shah) a hacker and Mohini (Deepika Padukone) a bar dancer. They have to participate in a World Dance Championship because that’s their key into Hotel Atlantis in Dubai, where world famous diamonds are to be kept under the security of Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff). But it isn’t just about robbing the diamonds; Charlie, Jackie and Tammy have their personal intentions as well. Will these losers become winners? Because, you know, ‘kismat bhi badi kutti cheez hai…. saali kabhi bhi palat jaati hai.’

Sigh! So I am going to list down a few things I didn’t mind about the movie and some other things I very much minded about the movie:

Firstly the things I didn’t mind, a) The songs are peppy and you will undoubtedly tap your feet along with the songs; b) The dance costumes are loud and colourful often brightening up the otherwise dull scenes (and as a dear friend pointed out, some of them are borrowed from brother Sajid Khan’s movie, Housefull. Now that’s what I call being economical!); c) Deepika is truly a treat to watch on screen. She is graceful, elegant and despite the director’s best efforts, saves her character from becoming a cliché’; and d) The entire robbery scene was exciting. Though a bit over the top and obviously impossible to execute, I personally found it fun to watch.

Now the things I very much (VERY MUCH) minded, a) This movie will be remembered for Farah Khan’s worst choreography till date. Though, initially the script demanded so, later even the supposedly good ‘performances’ were despicable. The best dance moves in the whole movie was Prabhu Deva’s 10 second cameo; b) For a good part of the movie, Shahrukh Khan looks painfully old with his rugged looks. And with a young and pretty Deepika romancing him, it just seems like she has a thing for old men; c) Most of the dialogues are twisted from other movies (supposedly to make them funny) and are not even worth a giggle; and d) Sentiments are pretty misplaced and scattered. Best was an untimely introduction of patriotism that had me go WT*!

Now, to be honest, the whistling and hooting crowd besides me seemed to be enjoying even though I looked visibly bored. If you are to take my word, Happy New Year fails to deliver on all its promises and is waste of your money. But as I know half of you will still want to see the movie; so go, watch and share with me your feedback. I just hope for a better Diwali gift from Bollywood next year.

My Verdict:**

‘Talaash’ Joins 100 Crore Club !

Aamir and Kareena in still from 'Talaash'
Aamir and Kareena in still from ‘Talaash’

New Delhi: Aamir Khan-starrer suspense thriller ‘Taalash’ has made it to the Rs. 100 crore club. The film has raked in Rs.131.78 crore worldwide.

The film, directed by Reema Kagti, and co-produced by Farhan Akhtar-Ritesh Sidhwani`s Excel Entertaiment and Aamir Khan Productions, earned Rs.85.38 crore at the domestic box office within 13 days of its release, Nov 30.

The film has grossed Rs.46.40 crore overseas. ‘Talaash’ also features Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor.It was made on a budget of Rs.40 crore, and released across 2,500 screens. Its satellite rights were sold for Rs. 40 crore.

‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ Joins 100 Crore Movie Club

Mumbai:  (IANS) ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ (JTHJ), legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra’s last directorial venture, is raking in the moolah at the box-office — the romantic saga has collected over Rs.120 crore worldwide in just six days of its release. The film, which came out on Diwali alongside Ajay Devgn-starrer ‘Son of Sardaar’, has earned Rs.80.73 crore at the domestic box office.

In India, it earned Rs.15.23 crore (Tuesday), Rs.19.54 crore (Wednesday), Rs.14.45 crore (Thursday), Rs.11.17 crore (Friday), Rs.10.38 crore (Saturday) and Rs.9.96 crore (Sunday). The Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma-starrer is also minting money in the overseas market where it has collected Rs.41.7 crore.

‘Barfi’ Joins 100 Crore Club !

Director Anurag Basu and actor Ranbir Kapoor have certainly a reason to smile over the super success of ‘Barfi!’ at the box office. The movie  which is India’s official entry to the Oscars next year,  has entered the 100 crore club

Well known trade analyst Taran Adarsh’s tweeted today: “#Barfi has grossed 100 cr *worldwide* in 10 days.” This is Ranbir Kapoor’s first movie in the 100 crore club which is dominated by the Khan’s of Bollywood.

Ranbir Kapoor is one of those actors who has the potential to break the monopoly of Khan’s at the box office.

‘Ek Tha Tiger’ Celebrates Eid With 100 Crore Mark !

Super star Salman Khan’s charisma and star power has once again worked at the box office. His latest release ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ was released on August 15 and in five days flat the movie has crossed the highly coveted 100 crore mark. Directed by Kabir Khan, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ opened with a bang inspite of mixed reviews from cine goers and critics.

Noted film trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted today, “#EkThaTiger – India *actuals* Sun 23.06 cr. Total: 100.16 cr nett. SUPERB. Fastest 100 cr grosser ever – 5 days [Hindi films]. NEW RECORD!”

“#EkThaTiger is @BeingSalmanKhan ’s 4th century [100 cr], the other three being #Dabangg [147 cr], #Ready [122 cr] and #Bodyguard [148 cr],” he added.

It seems Salman Khan has established himself as the most saleable Bollywood star and the kind of business and response his movies generate at the box office is a testimony to his star power.