To begin with, the idea of a film by ShahRukh Khan, most of the time is captivating and teemed with fun. But this time around, director Farah Khan has somehow managed to jot down some points from The Italian Job and Ocean’s eleven & create a crass story. She has also made optimum utilisation of her brain that you feel pity for her and exudes a keen sense of poignancy in you after keeping your eyes wide open for about three tedious hours.
ShahRukh Khan somehow manages to be quite subtle in his act. But his dialogues create quite the horror. The film starts with SRK in a ring getting beaten by some guy and the camera angles do quite the trick to be unintentionally funny. In one frame they zoom in on his left nipple, zoom out and then camera zooms in on his right nipple and zoom out again. It makes you wonder about the creativity and knack of both, director and cinematographer. He then says, “Badi badi matches main choti choti cheez hoti rehti hai.” I get it. this is a commercial film and it’s done with a sole purpose of showing its star power to the audience. It doesn’t matter if it has the right intelligence and quality. But this is totally frivolous to have so shallow story and to present it with such ostentation. By far the latter is the most mediocre work of both Farah Khan with SRK. She had set a dismal standard with Tees Maar Khan but Happy New Year does not stay behind compete it.
SRK reiterating dialogues from his previous work is the most mundane stuff in this films. It does not even go to lengths with its sturdy starcast. Sonu Sood has done no good than to flaunt his chest and beat others for saying any word which comes near to ‘maa.’ Sharing small screen space, no other actors leave a lasting imprint on mind. SRK saying “Main Hoon Na” makes it just more worse than it is. It is lazy and disgusting.Deepika Padukone again comes up with her weird accent, she left off in Chennai Express.
The script and story lack colossal amount of intelligence, pragmatic ambiance There was much left to amplify in it. The direction is not up to the mark, rather it has descended down to cheap presentation to the audience. Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Vivan Shah, Jackie Shroff seem to have wasted their talent on nothing. Music considerably is average which is a strong point of the film. The soundtrack ‘Manwa Laage” evokes the romantic feel in the film. Almost all songs have a forced touch breaking every link to this film. This is an opulent and sumptuous film, having a heist of diamonds, a dance competition which has no value and pointless connections to the plot and a love story, lacking its heart and brain. Just because SRK and Deepika Padukone have smidgen of fun to offer, I’m going with 1/5.