Happy New Year (2014 film)
Happy New Year (sometimes abbreviated as HNY) is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language musical heist action comedy film directed by Farah Khan and produced by Gauri Khan under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment. The film has an ensemble cast, which includes Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff. The film was distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films. The film marked a third collaboration of Khan with the director; they previously worked on Main Hoon Na (2004) and Om Shanti Om (2007), the latter of which also featured Deepika Padukone as the female lead.
|Happy New Year|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Farah Khan|
|Produced by||Karim Morani|
|Written by||Mayur Puri (Dialogue)|
|Screenplay by||Farah Khan|
|Story by||Farah Khan|
Shah Rukh Khan
|Narrated by||Shah Rukh Khan|
John Stewart Eduri
|Edited by||Anand Subaya|
|Distributed by||Yash Raj Films|
|Box office||₹402 crore|
The film was released on Diwali, 24 October 2014 in three different languages: Hindi, Tamil and Telugu in around 4200 screens in Hindi and 800 screens in Tamil and Telugu, the biggest release for a Hindi film in India at that time. Despite receiving negative reviews from critics, the film grossed over ₹4 billion (US$58 million) worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences features the film's script in their library.
Chandramohan "Charlie" Manohar Sharma (Shah Rukh Khan) is a street fighter who has been yearning for revenge from renowned businessman Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff) for eight years. Grover labeled Charlie's father, Manohar Sharma (Anupam Kher) as a thief because Charan had conned him into stealing his own diamonds worth $15 million. Charlie finds out that diamonds worth $300 crore will reach the Atlantis Hotel, Dubai on Christmas Eve. He wants to steal the same diamonds and frame Grover. To accomplish this, he assembles a dynamic team consisting of Jagmohan "Jag" Prakash (Sonu Sood), Tehamton "Tammy" Irani (Boman Irani), Rohan Singh (Vivaan Shah) and a lookalike of Charan's son Vicky Grover named Nandu Bhide (both played by Abhishek Bachchan).
Tammy is the only one who can open the vault. The team finds out that room 9C, connected to the vault through a duct system, is booked for teams participating in the World Dance Championship (WDC). The group refuses, but Charlie re-motivates the group, convincing them to become a dance team. The film moves to a flashback— Manohar met Charan Grover and was given a contract to build an impenetrable vault. After the vault was completed, Charan drugged Manohar and conned him into stealing the diamonds by using his fingerprints. The film returns to the present, where desperate to win the national-level competition, they employ many dance teachers, but to no avail. In desperation, Nandu introduces Charlie to Mohini Joshi (Deepika Padukone), who is a Marathi bar dancer. Mohini is impressed by fluent English used by Charlie from the very beginning and eventually agrees to help them learn dancing, unaware of their intentions. Charlie and Mohini grow very close.
They manage to qualify in the first round by bribing the judges and eventually win the competition to represent Team India in the WDC by gaining votes through hacking. Many viewers despise them for their lack of skill, but Charlie and his team (sans Mohini) are all only concerned with the heist. In Dubai, Team Korea is especially hostile towards Team India, including Grover, their sponsor. At the semifinal, Charlie saves a Korean member from severe injury or death, instantly gaining respect and admiration from the audience. India advances to finals after judges are moved by Charlie's action. Team India becomes loved by all. After going over the plan, everything is ready. The team learns that the diamonds will arrive on New Year's Eve instead of Christmas, which impedes the heist.
Mohini ends up hearing about the heist, angrily confronting Charlie and his false motivations of the competition. Charlie reveals that Manohar is actually dead; following the arrest, he appealed for a trial, but Grover bribed Manohar's lawyers. The next day, Manohar committed suicide by slitting his wrists. Charlie kept this a secret to avoid demoralisation. However, the team makes their determination to avenge Manohar even stronger. Mohini joins the team and helps them for the heist.
The night of the final round, the heist is set in motion. Mohini lures Vicky into an elevator, where his thumbprint is copied on Nandu who opens the chamber. They open the crack but Charlie and Tammy find another glass safe which houses the diamonds. Tammy realizes that Manohar built this safe. Charlie opens the safe later after deep thinking, realising that the password to open the safe was his own name. After stealing the diamonds, the team boards a boat, but Mohini refuses to come as she feels dedicated to protecting India's honor with the competition. Rohan joins her as well, leading to a fight amongst the remaining members.
When Team India is found missing, Grover claims that they are the thieves. As he watches Mohini perform, other members also join her. Soon after, Charlie makes an appearance and eventually helps the team win the competition. With any and all suspicions removed from Team India, Charan and Vicky Grover are arrested. Charlie reveals himself to Charan and completes the revenge. Team India reach the airport and manage to bypass security. Charlie camouflages the diamonds in his soft-drink, but the security guard disposes of it. Later, during the flight, Charlie reveals that he switched the fake diamonds on the trophy with the real ones. The team reaches India.
In the post-credits scene, Mohini opens her own "Dance School" and Charlie proposes to her with a ring made from one of the diamonds. Everyone then laughs at Nandu, who is thrown out of the bank for showing a winners' cheque.
- Deepika Padukone as Mohini Joshi
- Shah Rukh Khan as Chandramohan "Charlie" Sharma
- Abhishek Bachchan as Nandu Bhide/Vicky Grover (Double Role)
- Jackie Shroff as Charan Grover
- Sonu Sood as Captain Jagmohan "Jag" Prakash
- Boman Irani as Temhton "Tammy" Irani
- Vivaan Shah as Rohan Singh, Jag's Nephew
- Mohan Kapur as Assistant of Charan Grover
- Varun Pruthi as Charan Grover's Assistant
- Kavi Shastri as Mr. Gupta
- Anupam Kher as Manohar Sharma, Father of Charlie (Emotional Appearance)
- Daisy Irani as Tammy's Mother (Cameo Appearance)
- Sarah-Jane Dias as Laila (Cameo Appearance)
- Dino Morea as Host of World Dance Championship (Cameo Appearance)
- Kiku Sharda as Saroj Khan (Cameo Appearance)
- Prabhu Deva as Dance Instructor (Cameo Appearance)
- Malaika Arora Khan as the Heroine of a Film (Cameo Appearance)
- Anurag Kashyap as Himself/Judge of World Dance Championship Auditions (Cameo Appearance)
- Vishal Dadlani as himself/Judge of World Dance Championship Auditions (Cameo Appearance)
- Sajid Khan as Director of a Film (Special Appearance)
- Jason Tham as Team Korea Leader
- AbRam Khan as himself (cameo in end credits)
Plans for the film began as far back as 2005 with an ensemble cast of Shah Rukh Khan, Amisha Patel , Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Uday Chopra, Juhi Chawla, Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, Zayed Khan and Manisha Koirala. The film was shelved for unknown reasons and instead, Farah Khan made Om Shanti Om (2007), which featured Khan and Padukone. After her film Tees Maar Khan (2010), Farah began to consider the possibilities of the film and screenwriting was completed by October 2012.
When the film was revived, the filmmakers wanted an established actress in the lead role opposite Khan. In December 2012, media reported that the makers had approached Priyanka Chopra for the role, who was their first choice for the film after the script was revamped. However, Chopra turned down the film due to dates issue; the schedule was clashing with another film she had signed. Several actresses were considered for the role, such as Sonakshi Sinha, Asin, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Parineeti Chopra and Katrina Kaif, however, Padukone was finalized, making it her third film opposite Khan following Om Shanti Om and Chennai Express (2013). Khan was reported to be playing the role of a con artist in the film which had Deepika in the role of a Marathi dancer. At a point, John Abraham was to play one of the supporting roles but Sonu Sood replaced him. Boman Irani was confirmed by the director during an interview. In August 2013, Jackie Shroff was finalised to play the film's antagonist. The director's brother, Sajid Khan, would be making a guest appearance while actress Malaika Arora Khan was also signed to appear in a cameo. Vivaan Shah was reported to play the role of a computer hacker. Actor-director Prabhu Deva performed a dance in a cameo.
Farah made the official announcement on Twitter. The first schedule of filming started in Dubai in early September 2013. Arabian Business reported that a major portion of the film will be shot in the prestigious Atlantis, The Palm.
On 23 January 2014, Rukh Khan was injured while shooting at JW Marriott Hotel, Mumbai. Though reported as minor at first, he suffered a fractured shoulder and a torn left knee patella, being advised rest for a while.
For promotion, digitally personalized posters written in cast members' handwriting were made available to social media users.
The film's cast and crew, along with rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh and actress Madhuri Dixit travelled on a promotional tour titled "SLAM!". Starting from 19 September in Houston, it took place in New Jersey, Washington, Toronto, Chicago, Vancouver and San Jose. "SLAM!" also continued to United Kingdom on 5 October.
On 13 October 2014, an official game based on the film, titled Happy New Year-The Game was released for Android and iOS. It was made in collaboration with the production company and Gameshastra India, an Indian game art outsourcing studio.
The worldwide distribution rights were sold to Yash Raj Films for ₹1.25 billion (US$18 million), the satellite rights were sold to Zee Network for ₹650 million (US$9.4 million) and the music rights to T-Series for ₹120 million (US$1.7 million), earning a total pre-release revenue of ₹2.02 billion (US$29 million).
|Happy New Year|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||1 October 2014|
The music of Happy New Year is composed by the duo of Vishal-Shekhar while the lyrics are penned by Irshad Kamil. The full soundtrack was launched on 1 October 2014. Prior to that, promotional music videos were released for "Indiawaale" on 21 September and "Manwa Laage" on 25 September respectively. After the album was launched, promotional videos of the songs "Lovely", "Nonsense Ki Night" and "Satakli" were also released. A track, India Waale, is in Just Dance Now, DLC in Just Dance 2015 and is part of the Just Dance Unlimited service for 2016, 2017 and 2018.
|1.||"India Waale"||Vishal Dadlani, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan||3:58|
|2.||"Manwa Laage"||Arijit Singh, Shreya Ghoshal||4:31|
|4.||"Lovely"||Kanika Kapoor, Fateh Doe, Ravindra Upadhyay, Miraya Varma||3:41|
|5.||"World Dance Medley"||Neeti Mohan, Vishal Dadlani, Sukhwinder Singh, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan, Shah Rukh Khan||5:23|
|6.||"Nonsense Ki Night"||Mika Singh||3:03|
|7.||"Dance Like A Chammiya"||Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani||3:32|
|8.||"Sharabi"||Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani||4:21|
|9.||"Indiawaale (Electronic)"||Neeti Mohan, Vishal Dadlani, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan||4:26|
|10.||"The Heist (Instrumental)"||Instrumental||1:57|
|11.||"Kamlee"||Kanika Kapoor, Ravindra Upadhyay, Miraya Varma, Fateh Doe, Dr Zeus||3:43|
The soundtrack gained mostly positive reviews from music critics.
Kasmin Fernandes at The Times of India felt, "As a heist film centred round a dance competition, Happy New Year provides plenty of fodder for composers Vishal and Shekhar and lyricist Irshad Kamil to showcase their way with sounds. And they've delivered, with seven original tracks, one electronic version, a variation, a medley and an instrumental number." Rohit Vats for Hindustan Times gave the album 3 out of 5 stars stated, "Farah Khan looks more concerned about the feel of her film than the quality of the songs, and it prompts her to go with trendy tunes. Overall, the album is average and is only youth oriented. Acquiring longevity will be difficult for this album." For India.com, Prathamesh Jadhav wrote, "It's a mixed bag!" On the contrary critic Surabhi Redkar for Koimoi felt, "Happy New Year album is not as extravagant as the film looks. With an expectation of a Bollywood musical soundtrack, it comes down to a regular album of Vishal-Shekhar. Even though the album will be a hit with tracks such as Manwa Laage and Kamlee, it will not enjoy much longevity."
Happy New Year set a record by collecting ₹44.97 crore, making it the first Bollywood film to reach the figure in a single day. The record is recently broken by 2018 Diwali release Thugs of Hindostan starring Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh which collected 52.25 crore in Day 1 which is currently highest for any Bollywood film. The film witnessed a drop on Saturday when it earned ₹285 million nett and collections on Sunday were in the same range, taking the opening weekend to a record ₹970 million nett. The film grossed around ₹1.75 billion in its first weekend worldwide, the second highest opening for a Hindi film after Dhoom 3.
The film grossed around ₹122.5 million nett on its first Monday to take its total to ₹1.09 billion in four days. It earned ₹110 million nett on its first Tuesday as the film had a decent hold from Monday in a few circuits, taking its total to a huge ₹1.20 billion nett in five days. Happy New Year grossed a huge ₹1.34 billion nett in its first week. The film had a strong weekend and its all India collections were good on Monday and Tuesday but it fell on Wednesday. The huge first week gave the film a massive distributor share of ₹770 million approx. The film grossed ₹2.45 billion worldwide in its first week which was the fourth highest total ever behind Dhoom 3, Kick and Chennai Express. The Tamil and Telugu versions of the film grossed ₹11 million nett and ₹26 million nett respectively in first week.
Happy New Year had good collections on second Friday of around ₹45 million nett. The film showed huge growth on its second Saturday and Sunday to gross around ₹67.5 million nett and ₹92.5 million nett respectively. Happy New Year grossed around ₹202.5 million in second weekend to take its ten-day total to ₹1.54 billion nett. The film grossed around ₹30 million nett on second Monday, ₹40 million nett on second Tuesday and ₹27.5 million nett on second Wednesday. Happy New Year grossed around ₹353.8 million nett in its second week to take its total to ₹1.685 billion nett. It grossed around ₹45 million nett over its third weekend to take its total to ₹1.73 billion nett. Happy New Year grossed around ₹77.5 million nett in week three taking its total to a little over ₹1.76 billion nett.
Happy New Year grossed ₹15.6 million nett in week four and ₹3.4 million nett in week five taking its final total to ₹1.83 billion nett.Box Office India declared Happy New Year a "Super Hit". Its final domestic gross was ₹295 crore (US$48 million).
Happy New Year recorded the second highest overseas opening weekend of all time with figures of US$8.1 million (₹498 million). The film had an all-time record opening in the Gulf, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Germany. In the opening weekend, the film grossed US$2.9 million (₹178 million) in the Gulf, $2 million (₹123 million) in US/Canada, £570,000 (₹56 million) in United Kingdom, A$380,000 (₹20.5 million) in Australia, and PKR 62 million (US$600,000, INR 37 million) in Pakistan.Happy New Year took the all-time best ever opening for a Hindi film in Germany as it grossed $94,000 on its first day of release. Dhoom 3 had grossed $86,000 over the weekend and My Name Is Khan was $98,000 over the weekend.
At the end of its theatrical run overseas, the film earned US$16.71 million (₹102 crore) in overseas markets. It is one of the highest-grossing Indian films ever in overseas markets.
The film released in China on 12 February 2015. It went on to gross $500,000 (₹3.21 crore) at the Chinese box office.
The film received mixed reviews from critics in India and overseas. It holds a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 14 reviews. While the performances of the lead cast, particularly Bachchan and the humor content received praise, the lack of character development and the 'unoriginal' plot received criticism.
Saurabh Gupta of Indian Express rated the film 2 out of 5 stars calling it a "Mera Bharat Mahan sentiments" type movie, and a cross between an Ocean's 11/12 and "Flashdance". Rediff rated the film 2 out of 5 stars, and said "the film plays out like a spoof from the get go, a gigantic lark where nothing is taken seriously". NDTV also rated the film 2 out of 5 stars and said that irrespective of earnings at the box office, it "has nothing new to offer". Mihir Fadnavis of First Post said that, "the movie looks and feels like a home video project that was intended for appreciation by precisely two people in the entire universe – Farah and Shah Rukh Khan" and appears to be "Ocean's 11 rewritten by baboons". Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars taking on originality, said that "Originality? What's that, ask Farah Khan in Happy New Year".
Shilpa Jamkhandikar of Reuters said that the film has liberally borrowed from Hollywood heist films, in particular from Steven Soderbergh's Ocean’s Eleven. "The first half is lighter and genuinely funny at times, but as the second half wears on, the proceedings become monotonous". Lisa Tsering of The Hollywood Reporter reviewed film as, "an ambitious musical, a love story and an Ocean's 11-style crime caper". Sami Qahar of the Dawn gave the film 2.5 out 5 stars and said the film is "Ocean’s Eleven plus Italian Job plus Step Up all in one…on cheap shape-deteriorating steroids."
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Bollywood film choreographer Saroj Khan reportedly got upset after being parodied in the film. Farah Khan denied having spoofed Saroj Khan. Farah had earlier allegedly spoofed Manoj Kumar in her 2007 film Om Shanti Om.
Jaya Bachchan described Happy New Year as a "nonsensical film" and she said, "I only watched it because Abhishek is in it. I told him that he is a great actor if he can act stupid in front of the camera like that." 
- Subhash K. Jha (22 November 2015). "Kajol takes hubby's name for the first time". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
Starting with his upcoming film Chennai Express, the credit rolls will not feature his name first, but that of his leading actress.
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