Happy New Year - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Happy New Year is a little more than what you'd expect. A tiny surprise that gives you more of the same, but with some structure - even if it tries do a lot in one go and all of it is predictable.

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38 reviewers have given Happy New Year an average rating of 2.3/5.0 (?)

13 yays
16 nays
9 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...What works for HNY is that it is unrelentingly unapologetic about everything it does, including a product placement that is rubbed in our faces (same brand that Chennai Express endorsed), almost as if it is spoofing the very concept of product placements while also making money from it. This impertinence is what makes HNY entertaining. In spite of all my misgivings, I enjoyed it.... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Go for this flick with your friends and family. You’ll have a blast. And do stay for a peek at the little cuteball AbRam in the end credits. Ciao and enjoy!... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ... the nagging sense that Farah Khan is doing for Bollywood what Leni Riefenstahl did for Nazi Germany. Happy New Year is possibly the most lavishly mounted propaganda movie yet about India’s increasing soft power.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...However signing off on a positive note, I would like to request Shahrukh to please adapt new concepts, new directors and better films in the coming years, since the actor himself and his fans certainly deserve much better films than HAPPY NEW YEAR... full review

Thumbs up by Shalu Dhyani, Bolly Spice ...All said and done, Tees Maar Khan can now be forgiven as one-off mistake. Farah Khan is back with a bang! If her earlier films haven’t appealed to you, stay away. If they have, go have a rollicking time this festive season.... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...All in all, HAPPY NEW YEAR is definitely a smash hit film, which has blockbuster written all over it. The film will set new records in the days to come. Go for it!... full review

Thumbs up by Vinod Talreja, Bollywood Life ... Happy New Year will make ridiculous amount of money at the ticket window. In a time where logic and reason are slayed for saleable entertainment, HNY comes across as a winner in the genre it happily conforms to.... full review

Thumbs up by Tanaya Ramyani, BookmyShow ...If you are a die-hard fan of Shah Rukh Khan, don’t miss Happy New Year. He will make you swoon with his charm and the superstar attitude. Everyone else can watch Happy New Year for its twisted dialogues, Boman and Abhishek‘s comic timing and of course, the mesmerizing Mohini. Let the festive season kick in with a bang, with Charlie and his gang. ... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...Happy New Year is undoubtedly Shah Rukh Khan’s best film in recent times, and must watch for all SRK fans... full review

So-So by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle ...Because the film manages to tick most formula boxes, one can expect it to rock the festive weekend, a time when the audience automatically seems to get less discerning. We don’t know how much this Diwali release will leave you smiling, but those dazzling lights and eye-popping colours will leave you blinking for sure.... full review

So-So by Divay Agarwal, Desi Martini ...HNY is an ‘overambitious’ masala bollywood flick but a full on time-pass for SRK Fans!... full review

So-So by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Farah is in total fan girl mode and we arent complaining much... full review

Thumbs down by Sidhant Shori, Desi Martini ...Crappy New Year Happy New Year is the embodiment of what keeps bollywood behind. It’s typical Farah khan nonsense... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Despite having everything going for it, you wonder why they didn’t fine-tune the screenplay a bit more. There are logic issues; there are sensibility issues and in a heist film, you can’t have that. Fortunately for Farah, she pulls out a trick every time you begin to look at your phone screen. I wish Boman Irani would stop playing the lonesome Parsi guy – he’s better than that. What to do: Make this Diwali even more special with Happy New Year. One of the best entertainers of 2014.... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...A film like Happy New Year makes things easy for its audience. It’s just as easy to dismiss it as it’s easy to like it. The downright absence of logic and the immature humour could offend anyone. But watching grown men act like bumbling idiots has been a great idea of fun for time immemorial. End of the day, it all boils down to how you watch your film. If you like to have fun and you don’t mind entertainment over cerebral arguments, Farah Khan’s Happy New Year is worth your time.... full review

Thumbs down by Mihir Fadnavis , FirstPost ...Happy New Year is uncommonly stupid and tacky enough to make Sallu’s heist film Kick look as complex as Memento. Deepika Padukone once again has a weird accent, but is the least unlikable aspect of the movie, even though her character is an affront to depiction of women in cinema.... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal .... There’s no fresh perspective, creative thought or enlivening expressiveness available to make the terrible tedium of a three hour long sputtering engine look like a swank express train. The over-indulgence in facetious story telling, lack of refrain in plotting, non-alleviating structure and the sheer bedlam of formulaic inducements scattered around in pot-pourri assemblage make this experience a severe strain on the senses. Best suited to the hypochondriacs who may not have to feign an illness after watching this headache inducing monstrosity!... full review

Thumbs down by Kritika Deval , fullhyd.com ...The music, as we all know, is quite catchy, and the videos are shot with all of the panache that Farah Khan can muster, which is a substantial amount of it. The production values are fantastic, again, because, of course they are.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Finally, you have this gem of a dialogue which sums up the state of the film: ''Olympic ke liye team, Ya Oscar ke liye film, India losers hi bhejte hain.'... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra,, Hindustan Times ...I have a very high tolerance level for anything Shah Rukh is in, and yet Happy New Year was a slog. Which compels me to repeat a line from my review of Chennai Express: Come back, Rahul. ... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...For a film in which dance is so integral to its plot, I didn't think the musical set-pieces here stood out particularly. The focus isn't so much on the moves, as it is on the scale of the dance numbers. And that's a shame.... full review

Thumbs up by koel Purie, india today ...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. Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/happy-new-year-review-by-koel-purie-shahrukh-khan-abhishek-bachchan-deepika-padukone/1/397431.html... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...Of the cast, Irani hams it up. Padukone looking overtly lean here does her bit of looking gorgeous and repeating the Meenamma act poorly. None of her dance numbers stand out thanks to uninspired choreography, which is shocking for a Farah Khan film. It doesn't help that it's hard to concentrate on the moves with gaudy sets and excessive lighting. Bachchan is the only one who stands out as he uninhibitedly portrays his over-the-top character. Dialogue writer Mayur Puri's best lines are also reserved for Bachchan's Nandu.... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Khilnani , india today ...If you go and watch Happy New Year, you will surely sit through it but will you walk out smiling? I can't take that guarantee.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Overall, Happy New Year is a fun watch. It requires you to leave your brains back at home and enjoy what Farah throws at your in those 180 minutes in theatre. It has a bit of everything that you expect from a typical Bollywood entertainer and probably a little more. The music should have better a lot better and the runtime a little shorter, but Nandu Bhide more than makes up for it!... full review

Thumbs down koimoi ...Happy New Year is a muddled mess which has its own warm moments but as a package fails to work. Three hours of Shah Rukh flaunting his abs and swagger gets too much to take minus a strong storyline. Farah Khan has redeemed Tees Maar Khan but Happy New Year is her most mediocre work. I am going with 2/5. It’s a magnum opus which is pretty much hollow from within and remains an all frills, no thrills show.... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...So much staleness, packed into a running time of 3 hours, is revolting even to the brain-dead stupor that we, fans of Hindi movies, sometimes habitually get into just for the sake of time-pass entertainment.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty Saha, MiD DAY ...The entire cast, including Daisy Irani who plays Boman’s eccentric Parsi mother, was clearly enjoying being part of this movie. While SRK is at his charming best and Sonu, Boman and Vivaan have given sincere performance, Deepika Padukone and Abhishek Bachchan stand out among others. Deepika’s graceful dance act in the climax is enough to show why this girl is where she is. While Abhishek’s role as Charan’s son is rather insipid, he manages to touch a chord with his other role as the uneducated, innocent ... full review

Thumbs down by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...As far as performances are concerned, Shah Rukh Khan relies merely on his six-pack abs, his dimpled smile and his undeniable charm (But then, that is more than enough, isn't it?). Boman plays a stereotypical Bawa and is utterly wasted in the film whereas Sonu and Vivaan try their best to impress, without much success. The surprise package is Abhishek Bachchan, who plays the lovable tapori Nandu Bhide with much gusto and provokes the maximum guffaws. Deepika puts on a Marathi accent this time and manages to hold her own against the five men ... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Well die hard Shah Rukh Khan lovers will love the movie as despite of being a multi starrer film, it's still a SRK film and caters mainly to his loyal audience only. There are few funny moments along with peppy music and decent support from the other actors, due to which one does manage to sit through this super lengthy film, which looks even more than three hours. So on an overall basis, 'Happy New Year' is not a boring film like 'Singham Returns' or mindless drama like 'Bang Bang' but has everything we have seen before and nothing new to offer in any aspect. Thus, this movie could be re-termed as 'Happy Deja vu Year' which, if watched will remind you of many good entertainers and if skipped will not make you feel about missing out something important.... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...There is no dearth of gloss in Happy New Year, but everything else in the film, including the content and its treatment, are allowed to go for a toss. ... full review

Thumbs up by Lidia Ostepeev , Planet Bollywood ...Happy New Year exploits its Dubai setting, looks glossy and has its fun moments but doesn’t have the inbuilt repeat value of Main Hoon Na - a simpler, better constructed film. (Then again, I could have missed quite a few gags because I am subtitle dependent!... full review

Thumbs up by Anish Mohanty , Planet Bollywood ...Even with a run time of three hours, Happy New Year keeps you engaged for most of its duration. Farah Khan, successfully, manages to erase the memories of ‘Tees Maar Khan’ by striking back with a film that is hugely entertaining and gives the audience a bang for its buck. Go for it!... full review

Thumbs down by Kaushik Ramesh , Planet Bollywood ...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?... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...But I suspect the audience may not care for such details. Most will be there to take in the star-studded cast, the visual splendor and laugh on the silly jokes. And Farah Khan delivers on all three counts. Ignore the fundamentals, and watch it for the fun.... full review

So-So by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...: Farah once again walks the line between spoof and tribute in this rather long, self-aware entertainer with enough moments to make you smile... full review

So-So by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...The cast pulls off their acts well; and leave you with some feel-good moments, but not enough to last three long hours.... full review

Thumbs down by Aparna Mudi, ZEENEWS.COM ...The plus sides - SRK's well oiled (non-photoshopped) abs, a little bit of the humour, some great visuals of Dubai and the extravagance of it all.... full review