Happy New Year Movie Review | Critic Reviews


Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah, Sonu Sood, Jackie Shroff

Happy New Year (2014) Hindi Movie Posterdirection:

Farah Khan


Althea Kaushal, Farah Khan, Mayur Puri


Althea Kaushal, Farah Khan, Mayur Puri



Manush Nandan


Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani

produced by:

Gauri Khan



Weird Aggregate Rating Happy New Year 5.1/10genre:

Action, Comedy

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run time:
188 minutes
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  •  Masala.com -Kavita Srinivasan Rating-5
Farah Khan’s magnum opus Happy New Year is built on a foundation of the rock hard and sometimes podgy (think Abhishek and Boman) abs of her star cast. Recurring dialogue from her previous movies (SRK sprouting Main Hoon Na and a reference to Dard-E-Disco), gestures (SRK’s arms-wide-

  •  Gulf News -Manjusha Radhakrishnan Rating-4
Director Farah Khan doesn’t do dark films. Her films are festive and celebrate all things Bollywood — the colour, the feverish dance moves and hyperbolic emotions. But she seems to have taken a misstep with Happy New Year — despite re-uniting with her muse Shah Rukh Khan

  •  Emirates 24/7 -Sneha May Francis
She’s a Shah Rukh Khan fangirl, and her latest ‘Happy New Year’ is yet-another extravagant display of her extreme love for him.  Since he’s responsible for turning her first two films into massive money spinners, and costing her a huge loss when he didn’t face the camera, you can’t blame

  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-4
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.

  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-9
Exactly ten years ago, the famous choreographer Farah Khan made her directorial debut with MAIN HOON NA, a Shah Rukh Khan starrer film that gave a major career boost to many names associated with it. She followed it up with yet another mega blockbuster OM SHANTI OM

  •  The Hindu -Sudhish Kamath
We all know Farah Khan loves her escapist entertainers and, literally, her own ones as well. She packs her scenes with spot-the-reference cues, even some self-referencing ones, generously. A vault is named after the retro heist film Shaalimar, the dancer heroine is Mohini

  •  India Today -Rohit Khilnani Rating-4
Farah Khan's masala flick Happy New Year has everything going well businesswise but it's extremely low on content. It's grand, beautiful, shot in exotic locations across Dubai, has all the SRK moves which fans love, a hit Jodi (Shah Rukh Khan - Deepika Padukone)

  •  Daily Bhaskar Rating-8
For SRK critics or not-so-SRK-fans, Happy New Year might seem a bit too much to handle. Overall the film goes from being unintentionally funny, occasionally idiotic and irritating often; thanks to Abhishek Bachchan and Sonu Sood’s presence in the film. We felt that Deepika was forced into

  •  Moviez Adda -Divya Solgama Rating-5
It's the festive time and our Hindi film industry is back with another star studded big budget film to cater its cinema loving audience. The big films are planned as per the festive season, which now includes holidays like Eid, Dussehra, Christmas, Diwali and many more.

  •  Indian Express -Shubhra Gupta Rating-4
When a film opens with the leading man mouthing a series of his world-famous dialogues, you can have two reactions. One, grin a knowing grin, and chuckle “kyonki badi badi picture mein aisi choti choti baatein hoti rehti hain”. Two, groan and think aloud–couldn’t they think of one new
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  •  DNA -Sarita Tanwar Rating-8
When you have a reigning superstar, a spectacular ensemble cast and a canvas as vivid as your imagination, it’s indeed clever thinking to adapt the most successful plot of Bollywood and turn it into a colorful visual spectacle. Director Farah Khan does just that in one of the most awaited

  •  Zee News -Aparna Mudi Rating-4
Farah Khan's movies are never about logic, great loophole free storylines or even thought generating grounded cinema. They are the definition of the word 'Bollywood'. Entertaining, cheeky and pompous. At least they are supposed to be. One of the biggest and most anticipated movies of

  •  Mid Day -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-7
When there is talk of diamonds in a Bollywood film, can top security vaults, thumb impression of one person only entry and dare devilry daylight robbery be far behind? Throw in an ailing Maa, another Maa obsessed son, yet another son-out-to-take-his-father’s-badlaa and a poor girl’s izzat

  •  Piping Hot Views
Though you have a star-studded line-up that boasts of a crew who can string together massive hits without much fuss, if you have a script that is flawed all the way and relies too much on the aesthetics to hold it up, the movie won’t keep the audience entertained. This would be a strict one

  •  Times Of India -Madhureeta Mukherjee Rating-6
It's 'Happy New Year' time. So, Happy Diwali! And it's all about everything happy, happy. So let's stick to being 'slap happy'. Hence, the good things first. The extra Happy Ending, with the cutest scene in the movie being producers, Gauri and SRK's beautiful baby Abram looking angelic.

  •  CNN IBN -Rajeev Masand Rating-5
You'll find yourself chuckling and cringing alternately while watching Happy New Year, in which director Farah Khan skillfully sets up a heist plot against an international dance competition scenario. It's a curious premise, and Farah brings many of the same elements that she applied to

  •  Rediff -Raja Sen Rating-4
One of the reasons certain tennis players grunt distinctly and even iconically on the court, besides sinus and habit, is to throw off their opponent. The idea is to intimidate via bellow, to try and convey just how much force is behind that particular shot, to quantify the effort and make it seem

  •  India Today -Koel Purie Rating-7
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

  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-4
Unabashedly bad movies that mop up obscenely big bucks are director Farah Khan's forte. She was however third time unlucky with Tees Maar Khan. It was put down by many to the fact that the film did not have her proven good luck charm, SRK, on board. So for her fourth directorial outing

  •  Hindustan Times -Rohit Vats Rating-5
How would you define a good film without getting involved in its subtext? Probably the simplest answer is: If it holds your attention till the end credits, it’s a good film. Happy New Year gives you enough reasons to stay inside the hall. But whether all those sequences come together to

  •  Book My Show -Tanaya Ramyani Rating-6
When a film starts with a dialogue like "Badi badi fights mein aisi choti choti maar-peet hoti rahtein hain", you know exactly what is in store for you. Farah Khan’s Happy New Year is a typical Bollywood bandwagon of chiseled heroes, a bootylicious heroine, a bunch of adorable idiots and whole

  •  Yahoo Movies -Rummana Ahmed Rating-7
Will ‘Happy New Year’ make big money? Most definitely. Are there instances that defy logic? Obviously. Does this multi-starrer entertain? Absolutely. Farah Khan plays to her strengths. She has an ensemble cast that for the most part don’t disappoint. She has a convincing revenge saga

  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-6
You may have seen movie criminals doing weird things for the big heist - getting into disguise, making big plans complete with intricate maps, getting teams together and so on. But here, our guys do something far more daring. To get to the 300-crore diamonds, our protagonists participate

  •  Glamsham -Martin D'Souza Rating-3
So what is new here? Nothing really! The same references to past movies; The same 'mera baap chor hai' revenge story; The same inconsequential dance songs. Farah Khan is a real 'Himmatwala'; she even has a 'Humshakal' in HAPPY NEW YEAR! Don't be surprised if this one too is nominated for the Oscars!

  •  Business Of Cinema -Udita Jhunjhunwala Rating-5
Farah Khan is that rare female director who is unapologetically Bollywood. ‘Tees Maar Khan’ aside, ‘Main Hoon Na’ and ‘Om Shanti Om’ were ‘total timepass’. Her latest film, the multi-starrer grand advertisement for Dubai, is no different. So men are objectified as much as women with a hearty

  •  Rediff -Sukanya Verma Rating-4
If absurdity is the definition of humour, I’d rather see pigs fly. Instead, I am watching Happy New Year, Shah Rukh Khan’s big-budget Diwali release this year. Here, a group of six Indians aspire to win an international dance competition as well as steal prized diamonds from

  •  India Today -Suhani Singh Rating-3
For a film with a running time of three hours, it says a lot that the most entertaining segment arrives when the credits roll. Director Farah Khan thanks the crew of her big-budget film by giving all of them the opportunity to show their best moves in a contest, Worst Dance Championship

  •  Filmi Beat -Suparno Rating-4
Multi-starrer movie Happy New Year featuring Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone is the film trending everywhere now. With the hit pairing of Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone coupled with other stars including Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah

  •  Deccan Chronicle -Kusumita Das Rating-5
The makers of Happy New Year call it a heist thriller but it is actually the second edition of Shah Rukh Khan’s ode to himself, (first being Chennai Express). This time he does it with a little help from Farah Khan. SRK bursts into the scene, or should we say his eight packs burst into the scene

  •  The W14 -Mayank Shekhar Rating-6
Let alone describe, how do you even strictly label a film that is at the same time about a major heist and the world dancing championship, with some sort of a family feud involved? In Hollywood, you could possibly call this a cross between Step Up and Ocean’s 11. On Indian television this

  •  Now Running -Noyon Jyoti Parasara Rating-4
There is a scene mid-way through the film where all the primary characters communicate with each other without uttering a single word, solely by thinking really loud. The scene does draw much laughter. But more importantly it states a very important facet of the film - very loud!

  •  Mumbai Mirror -Rahul Desai Rating-4
Credit where it's due: HAPPY NEW YEAR has to be the world's first Musical Heist movie, if you discount a scene from Ocean's Twelve where Vincent Cassel dances acrobatically across laser beams to reach the diamond. This audaciousness must be lauded, even if the end result

  •  Bolly Spice -Shalu Dhyani Rating-7
It’s not for nothing that Farah Khan is often compared to Manmohan Desai. Who else in the present generation of film makers can come up with a masala fare with a near perfect blend of ingredients like revenge for wronged father, victory of underdogs, impossible diamond heist

  •  Manorama -Arathi Kannan Rating-4
‘Happy New Year’ is fluorescent. No, it doesn’t glow, make no mistake, the reference is only to the blinding colours in the movie. Farah Khan has packed in a bunch of people, and a few handy ‘extras’ just for perks, (where you can play ‘you know who I spotted’) exchanged her sartorial sense

  •  Deccan Herald -Angel Rani Rating-4
Farah is in familiar ‘huge’ territory, though. The gloss, the glitz, the kitsch... and Shah Rukh Khan. Everything comes with the ‘gigantic’ tag, and Khan leads the pack with his eight-pack. Meet his sidekicks: Sonu Sood, ex-armyman and an expert in blowing things up; Boman Irani

  •  A Potpourri of Vestiges -Murtaza Ali Rating-5
Happy New Year has all the elements of a quintessential Bollywood masala movie: songs, music, dance, crappy action, nonsensical humor and risqué dialogue. The movie can best be described as an orgy of excess. An intelligent viewer would do well to prevent himself from getting

  •  Hindustan Times -Anupama Chopra Rating-4
Happy New Year exists for one purpose — to entertain. And Farah Khan, inheritor of the Manmohan Desai mantle, has proved that she is more than capable of giving us a good time. But in Happy New Year, the desire to entertain overshadows everything else — script, characters

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