Happy New Year is a quintessential Bollywood movie, but it is much more than that. It draws you towards itself like a moth to a flame, and leaves you wondering why you would watch it. More importantly, it leaves you entertained, which makes you severely judge yourself. This is a ground-breaking movie, a pioneer. By that I mean it is perhaps the first movie to issue a warning that alcohol is injurious to health, to an audience that has previously only been warned about smoking.
But I digress. Moving on, this movie has everything an entertainer should have.
Historical significance: A very strong representation of Indians, their obsession with former glory and blue diamonds. Also reminiscent of Shah Rukh Khan’s wonderful performances (strictly historical).
Guardian Angels: Excerpts from movies like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Chak De India, etc.
The Martyr: Dubai. Chosen over other exotic locales, only to be used for its harshness and brutality to punish Jackie Shroff and then discarded. Plus, their police had to be extra accommodating, Bollywood police style, to let SRK trash talk with Jackie Shroff towards the end.
The Parental Figure: Jackie Shroff. He may be harsh, but he really is an over involved parent at heart. Which other businessman takes personal interest in the dance competitions he sponsors? Which other filthy rich guy takes a personal interest in the surveillance of his vault, not to mention give a guided tour of said vault to his employees?
The villain: Dance. I believe the ‘art’ has died a slow death. To be fair, the dance teacher (Deepika) was stiff as a cardboard so it wasn’t right to expect much from the rest. But I suppose her lack of talent is excusable, because she’s hot.
Token regional representation: Here, we have Abhishek Bacchan and Deepika vying for worst Marathi accent, giving Kareena from Singham some tough competition.
Patriotism: The emotion of patriotism has been exhibited by a devotional/dance song ‘Indiawale’. Also represented is the sad state of affairs in the country, through the peoples’ obsession with an obscure and shady dance competition.
Adventurous activities: Drenching Shahrukh in mud and water, and trying to convince the audience that his body is sexier than his eyes.
Places of tourist interest: Sonu Sood’s abs and Deepika’s navel.
Comeback Moment: A gentle reminder of Dino Morea’s acting career.
Pop Culture References: This is a movie that combines Don, all the Dhooms and Step Ups
Distinguishing feature: Farah Khan’s skill. Skill to get SRK to tattoo (albeit a temporary one) ‘For you Farah’ on his back. And to get Anurag Kashyap and Vishal Dadlani to dance as drag queens.