Koel Puri 3.5 stars Oct 24, 2014 9:17:55 GMT -8
Post by fatyyz on Oct 24, 2014 9:17:55 GMT -8
Koel Purie's rating: 3.5
Happy New year is a comic heist film set in a dance competition. Charlie (an unbelievably fit SRK), seeks to avenge his father by robbing Mughal diamonds worth billions and setting up the man who wronged his father, Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff), to take the fall. Charlie, who has waited 8 years, recruits 5 other people with different skill sets to help him pull off this mega theft. Enter Charlie's angels. Jag (Sonu Sood), the explosion expert who is partially deaf, is brought in to take his shirt off and make our tongues hang and perhaps, just perhaps, even help with the escape. Tammy (Boman Irani), the middle aged Parsi mummy's boy, is the safe maker and breaker. Nandu (Abhishek Bachchan), is the lookalike necessary to do the snake dance at every opportunity and also I suppose being a lookalike essential to access the safe. Rohan (Vivaan Shah) the geek hacker who makes them win dance competitions and break codes. And finally, the incredible Mohini (Deepika Padukone), who is there to make you marvel at the wonder of her body and also attempt to make these buffoons dance, because without that they cannot be anywhere near the diamonds. That's all you really need to know, because the story isn't that important. And if you start focusing on it too much, trust me, you won't enjoy the film.
If you go to watch a film called Happy New Year on Diwali or Bhai Dhuj, as the makers like to point out, then you are not exactly going in for the logical, but more for the nonsensical that can hopefully make you laugh. And laugh I did, in plenty. It's quintessential Farah Khan humour, so you have to know your Hindi cinema to find it funny. There are entire dialogues which use only iconic SRK lines, twisted to fit the scene. It's obvious humour, but there is something clever about it too. Farah is laughing at everything - herself, SRK, Parsis, Koreans, vernacular english, the audience, homosexuality, bad dancing, bad spelling, saroj khan, disability, Modi... there is nothing politically correct about her or her film and you sigh with relief. You can choose to sit on your intellectual high horse and tear apart the film that borrows from everywhere and anywhere (Oceans 11, Flash Dance, Italian Job, Bruce Lee, SRK films, Titanic...) or, you can jump on and be thoroughly entertained.
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If you choose the latter, then here are a few of my favourite things: The beautiful objectifying of the male body. No woman (and I'm sure a good few men) are objecting. Yes, thank you Farah. Farah's fantasy female form. She knows how to make her actresses look and dance like never before and Madame Padukone is mouthwatering as Mohini, who lurves "Thee English". I don't know what happened but, suddenly, over the last few super hits that Deepika has delivered, she has become a very good actress. There is nothing half baked about her characterisation - you believe her through and through. Her Maharashtran accent never drops, not even when she's getting senti or emotional.
Then there is Abhishek's snake dance which is terrible and hysterical. Boman's Mary Poppins bag that has everything from an inflatable pillow to ice and cake. The smoke coming out of Sonu's ears or one ear to be precise. The gay moment involving feather boas and hairy backs between Anurag Kashyap and Vishal Dadlani, who play judges. A transvestite Saroj Khan doing the old school matka jhatkas. The remix of Kungu fighting. All the men dressed in pink tutus doing ballet moves, Charlie Chaplin style. Boman's seizure dance that becomes an audience cult favourite. The 1980s neon costumes. "Teem Dimonds". SRK saying "supercalifragilistic..." to impress Mohini who's 'crajee' about English. And the non Yo yo Honey singh music. If you don't laugh at "Nonsense Ki night" then I have nothing to say to you.
Farah is back. Tees Maar Khan can be forgotten. She's confident, she's silly and not scared to make fun of herself. But if you didn't get her the first time, you definitely won't now, as Happy New Year is over 3 hours and full of Farah-isms. And she makes no apology for her kind of cinema. I'd happily see it again and for that I'm giving 3.5 stars.