Farah Khan's fourth directorial venture Happy New Year is everything we expected it to be. High on grandeur, low on content and blatantly honest at its hollowness. Well before self proclaimed intellectuals get all fidgety and eager to tell us what a no-brainer it was and how it lacked basic sense, let it be known that it is a widely agreed fact that Farah Khan is capable of nothing more than this; moreover she may even be proud of it. So what is all the fuss about?
The average movie-goer wanted an entertaining ride, some colour, some dance, some six pack abs and a story fit in somewhere inconspicuously if possible. And this power-packed movie with its ensemble cast fulfils all of the aforementioned; Revenge is taken, eyes well up, love blooms, patriotism is inserted forcefully, Deepika Padukone dances,Shah Rukh Khan with his never ending charisma wins hearts yet again and these eventually lead to a clichĂ©d happy ending. All a film needs to do and what Happy New Year does unerringly is to making its audience enjoy. Needless to say, there is hardly any presence of logic or a meaning in the storyline here (but haven't we been recently vaccinated for this by Bang Bang?).
When forced into considering the quality of the story, one would end up noticing numerous flaws though. At the end of the day, it remains a loosely scripted film with a hackneyed flashback, lethargic first half, ambiguous screenplay and a typical climax. Several loose ends with unconvincing logic deny this movie to qualify as a sensible heist based film.
The Background Score is supportive enough to promote the scenes and the adrenaline in them. Though not notably impressive, it adequately caters to the grandeur of the visuals. Music by Vishaal-Shekhar is catchy and foot tapping. The songs support the dance sequences well and are already chartbusters; compromising on the quality of music was worth it maybe. The splendid Art Direction and the breathtaking visuals are the forte of the movie.
The cast, with the obvious exception of ShahRukh Khan, clearly fails to impress, catering to their roles with unforgivable mediocrity. Deepika through bar dancer 'Mohini' tests your endurance level of irritability ably aided by yet another awkward attempt at a funny Hindi accent after Chennai Express. Shahrukh Khan delivers one of his most likeable performances ever. His striking screen presence, the sincerity in his portrayal and the oomph he added to every scene he was present in, demand to be noted as the primary attractive aspects of Happy New Year.
As a whole, the movie succeeds unquestionably as an entertainer. The dialogues are crack witty and Farah Khan does an exceptionally adept work at delivering a glamour filled grand Diwali release. Unless you were here to quench your thirst for meaningful cinema, you would leave the movie hall satisfied, thereby qualifying Happy New Year as the perfe ct "Paisa Vasool" film of 2014. People would ask you to "leave your brains at home", but weren't you going to do that anyway?