Happy New Year has everything you could want or expect from a Bollywood entertainer.
It’s a Farah Khan extravaganza to the hilt, replete with in-jokes, corny gags, maudlin sentiment, lavish settings, overblown song and dance numbers, spoof references to other films, a streak of patriotic fervor to rally the masses, a predictable climax and at its center Shah Rukh Khan, who holds all the chaos together.
Charlie (Shah Rukh Khan) plans a heist to frame diamond magnate Grover (Jackie Shroff) in a bid to avenge his dad’s death. He contrives a plan to carry out the heist using a world dance championship as the backdrop and recruiting a group of incompetent cohorts to carry out Mission Happy New Year. Nandu (Abhishek Bachchan), Mohini (Deepika Padukone), Tammy (Boman Irani), Jag (Sonu Sood) and Rohan (Vivaan Shah) team up with chaotic results.
Happy New Year is pure, unashamed Bollywood. The kind of escapist cinema that entertains you so much that you don’t even care that it makes little sense. It’s not about dissecting the performances or considering the camera angles and the development of the narrative. It’s unadulterated fun, which even prompted a respected director of independent cinema to gamely shed his inhibitions and his clothes just to be part of the mayhem. –