Happy New Year Movie Poster
Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)
Star Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Deepika Padukone, Jackie Shroff, Vivaan Shah
Director: Farah Khan
What’s Good: The actors are all earnest and the opulent canvas sure works in retaining your attention.
What’s Bad: It lacks Farah Khan’s witty streak. The heist track just doesn’t work and the film’s second hour is plain unconvincing. Low on the needful IQ that could have made the robbery believable, the film’s thrill tapestry was on a weaker side.
Loo break: Spend a good chunk of post interval in the loo.
Watch or Not?: 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. 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.
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