Happy New Year (2014 film)

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Happy New Year
Happy New Year Poster (2014 film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFarah Khan
Produced byGauri Khan
Written byFarah Khan
Althea Kaushal
Mayur Puri (dialogues)
Story byFarah Khan
Narrated byShah Rukh Khan
Music bySongs:
Vishal Shekhar
Background Score:
John Stewart Eduri
CinematographyManush Nandan
Edited byAnand Subaya
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release dates
  • 23 October 2014 (2014-10-23) (Dubai)
  • 24 October 2014 (2014-10-24) (Worldwide)
Running time180 minutes
BudgetINR1.25 billion (US$20 million)[1]
Box officeINR3.40 billion (US$55 million)[2]
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Happy New Year
Happy New Year Poster (2014 film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFarah Khan
Produced byGauri Khan
Written byFarah Khan
Althea Kaushal
Mayur Puri (dialogues)
Story byFarah Khan
Narrated byShah Rukh Khan
Music bySongs:
Vishal Shekhar
Background Score:
John Stewart Eduri
CinematographyManush Nandan
Edited byAnand Subaya
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release dates
  • 23 October 2014 (2014-10-23) (Dubai)
  • 24 October 2014 (2014-10-24) (Worldwide)
Running time180 minutes
BudgetINR1.25 billion (US$20 million)[1]
Box officeINR3.40 billion (US$55 million)[2]

Happy New Year is a 2014 Indian action heist 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 Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff. The film was distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films.[3] 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 Padukone as the female lead. The film belongs to a different genre of musical heist.

The film, one of the most expensive films made in Bollywood, released on Diwali, 24 October 2014 in three different languages: Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. A commercial success in India and abroad; It is currently the fifth highest grossing Bollywood film worldwide.[4]

Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officially selected the script of Happy New Year for its permanent Core Collection.[5][6]


Chandramohan Manohar Sharma, better known as Charlie (Shah Rukh Khan), is a street fighter whose has been yearning for revenge from Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff) for 8 years. Because of him, his father, Manohar Sharma (Anupam Kher) was labeled as a thief because Charan had conned him into stealing the Shalimar Diamonds. Charlie finds out in the media that the diamonds will reach the Atlantis Palm hotel on Christmas Eve. He wants to steal the same diamonds and frame Grover. To accomplish this, he must assemble a dynamic team.

First in his team is Jagmohun Prakash, or Jag (Sonu Sood) who has a hearing deficiency and gets furious when anyone abuses his mother. Second on his team is Tehntroman Irani, or Tammy, (Boman Irani) who is an overweight jogger and suffers from epileptic fits. It is also revealed that Tammy and Manohar (Dad) were best friends. Third on the team is Rohan Singh (Vivaan Shah), a young hacker who will be able to hack through Shalimar's computerized system. He is also Jag's nephew. After thoroughly researching about the vault, the team finds the main vault comprises a biometric lock (fingerprint lock). The problem is that only one person can access the vault at any time: Vicky Grover, Charan's son. So they enlist the aid of a lookalike, Nandu Bhide (Abhishek Bachchan).

The team heads to a warehouse which was originally their workshop for a rehearsal. It is revealed that Tammy was immensely in love with the Shalimar vault and he only knew the sole combination to the vault. The real Shalimar vault has a laser shield in front of the vault whose code combination is changed everyday. The team finds out a weakness that the Shalimar safe is in the Altantis hotel underground which is connected through a sewer system which is further connected to room 9C. But the room is only open the winners of the World Dance Championship (WDC), a dancing competition. Unfortunately, none of them can dance.

The real story is eventually revealed: Manohar was an engineer in vaults. He met Charan Grover, who was a dealer in African diamonds who gave him 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 fingerprint. Desperate to win the competition, they employ the help of Mohini Joshi (Deepika Padukone), who is a Maharati bar dancer who trains them to dance. They manage to qualify in the first round and eventually win the competition to represent Team India in the WDC. However, at the WDC party, everyone despises them, especially Grover as he considers India as a team of losers. During the first round, they are pitted against Team Korea, however their performance is halted when Charlie saves a falling child of the rival team. The team eventually find out that the diamonds will arrive on New Year's Eve instead of Christmas which impedes the heist. Though Team Korea secure the last position in the semifinals, the judges however decide that Team Diamonds as part of the semi-finals as well. During this time, Charlie and Mohini fall in love.

Mohini ends up hearing the whole story as to why they wanted revenge. Charlie reveals a shocking secret that Manohar is not in jail but is actually dead, as he committed suicide. This shatters the entire team but manages to motivate them even more get revenge. Mohini reluctantly joins the team and helps them for the heist. The heist eventually takes center stage. Nandu and Jag sedates Vickie temporarily and Nandu takes his place. For the thumb print, Jag paints his thumb, removes it and places on Vickie's thumb matching the print. While Tammy cracks the vault combination, he suffers an epileptic fit, however they open in time. Everything seems to go very well until Charlie and Tammy find another safe inside made of glass which houses the diamonds. Tammy realizes that Manohar built this safe but Charlie manages to crack the password (which is "Charlie"). After stealing the diamonds, the team boards a nearby boat, but Mohini doesn't want to come as she feels her country is in disdain. One by one everyone heads back, besides Charlie.

During their performance, Charlie makes his unannounced appearance and eventually win the competition. Grover immediately pinpoints Team India as the thieves, but much to his disdain he sees them performing. As part of the plan he and Vickie gets arrested. Team India reach the airport and manages to bypass security (Charlie camouflaged the diamonds as ice cubes in his cool drink), but the security guard disposes it. The team eventually find out that the actual real diamonds are engraved on the trophy itself.

The film ends with Mohini opening a dance school. Charlie propses to her by giving a ring made of one of the diamonds. Charlie quotes that there are "winners" and "losers" in this world and from losers they won the hearts of millions and became winners.


Special Appearances


Plans for the film began way back in 2005 but the project was shelved in lieu of Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om (2007) which also featured SRK and Deepika Padukone. After her 2010 film Tees Maar Khan, Farah began to consider the possibilities of the film and screenwriting was completed by October 2012. The filmmaker stated that she wanted an established actress in the lead role opposite Khan. Names such as Sonakshi Sinha, Asin, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Parineeti Chopra and Katrina Kaif were rumoured to play the role, however Deepika Padukone was finalized, making it her third film with Shah Rukh Khan after Om Shanti Om and Chennai Express (2013). As for the lead role, Khan was one of the director's first choice for the film.[14] The actor was reported to be playing the role of a con artist in the film which has 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.[15] Boman Irani was confirmed by the director during an interview. In August 2013, Jackie Shroff was finalised to play the film's antagonist.[16] The director's brother Sajid Khan will be making a guest appearance while actress Malaika Arora Khan was also signed to appear in a cameo role.[17] Vivaan Shah will reportedly play the role of a computer hacker. Actor-director Prabhu Deva has performed a dance in a cameo appearance for the film.[18]


Farah Khan made the official announcement of the film on Twitter.[19] The first schedule of filming started in Dubai.[20] Arabian Business reported that a major portion of the film will be shot in the prestigious Atlantis, The Palm.[21] On 23 January 2014, Shah Rukh Khan was injured while shooting for the film at JW Marriott Hotel, Mumbai. Though reported as minor at first, he suffered a fractured shoulder[22] and a torn left knee patella, being advised rest for a while.[23] Mehboob Studios was used as one of the major locations while certain portions were also filmed near the Wilson College. The final schedule was completed in August 2014.


The first look of the film was launched on 2 January 2014. As part of the promotions, an official Twitter handle was started and several hashtags on the topic trended on social networking sites. The campaign was one of its kind where a digitally signed personal poster was tweeted to followers.[24] The official trailer of the film was released in an event on 14 August 2014 and attached with the prints of Singham Returns.[25]

The trailer of the film was released simultaneously on YouTube, Twitter and the DTH channel Tata Sky.[26] It was also the first film trailer to be released on WhatsApp and Facebook,[27] was viewed over 1.5 million times and earned 360K likes on Facebook within 24 hours. The trailer reportedly earned over 10 million views in a day from all platforms.[28]

The worldwide distribution rights were sold to Yash Raj Films for INR1.25 billion (US$20 million), the satellite rights were sold to Zee Network for INR650 million (US$11 million) and the music rights to T-Series for INR120 million (US$1.9 million), earning a total pre-release revenue of INR2.02 billion (US$33 million).[29][30] 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.[31]

On 13 October 2014, an official game based on the movie, 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.[32][33]


Happy New Year
Soundtrack album by Vishal-Shekhar
Released15 September 2014 (2014-09-15)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Vishal-Shekhar chronology
Bang Bang!
Happy New Year

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 September 15, 2014. Prior to that, promotional music videos were released for "Indiawaale" and "Manwa Laage" on September 2 and September 9 respectively. After the album was launched, promotional videos of the songs "Lovely", "Nonsense Ki Night" and "Satakli" were also released.

Track listing
1."India Waale"  Vishal Dadlani, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan3:58
2."Manwa Laage"  Arijit Singh, Shreya Ghoshal4:31
3."Satakli"  Sukhwinder Singh3:43
4."Lovely"  Kanika Kapoor, Ravindra Upadhyay, Miraya Varma, Fateh3:41
5."World Dance Medley"  Neeti Mohan, Vishal Dadlani, Sukhwinder Singh, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan, Shah Rukh Khan5:23
6."Nonsense Ki Night"  Mika Singh3:03
7."Dance Like A Chammiya"  Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani3:32
8."Sharabi"  Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani4:21
9."Indiawaale (Electronic)"  Neeti Mohan, Vishal Dadlani, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan4:26
10."The Heist (Instrumental)"  Instrumental1:57
11."Kamlee"  Kanika Kapoor, Ravindra Upadhyay, Fateh, Miraya Varma3:44
Total length:


The soundtrack gained mostly positive reviews from music critics.

Kasmin Fernandes at The Times of India felt that 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.[34] 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."[35] For India.com, Prathamesh Jadhav wrote, "It's a mixed bag!"[36] 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."[37]

Box office


Happy New Year had a bumper opening on day one setting new record by collecting around INR400 million (US$6.5 million) nett, according to Box Office India, making it the first Bollywood film to reach the figure for a single day.[38] The film witnessed a drop on Saturday when it earned INR285 million (US$4.6 million) nett[39] and collections on Sunday were in the same range, taking the opening weekend to a record INR970 million (US$16 million) nett.[40] The film grossed around INR1.75 billion (US$28 million) in its first weekend worldwide, the second highest opening for a Hindi film after Dhoom 3.[41]

The film grossed around INR122.5 million (US$2.0 million) nett on its first Monday to take its total to INR1.09 billion (US$18 million) in four days.[42] It earned INR110 million (US$1.8 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 INR1.20 billion (US$19 million) nett in five days.[43] Happy New Year grossed a huge INR1.34 billion (US$22 million) nett in its first week.[44][45] The film had a strong weekend and its all India collections were good on Monday and Tuesday but it fell on Wednesday. The film recorded all time figures in Gujarat beating Singham Returns, Kick and Dhoom 3.[46] The huge first week gave the film a massive distributor share of INR770 million (US$12 million) approx.[47] The film grossed INR2.45 billion (US$40 million) worldwide in its first week which is the 4th highest total ever behind Dhoom 3, Kick and Chennai Express.[48] The Tamil and Telugu versions of the film grossed INR11 million (US$180,000) nett and INR26 million (US$420,000) nett respectively in first week.[49]

Happy New Year had good collections on second Friday of around INR45 million (US$730,000) nett.[50] The film showed huge growth on its second Saturday and Sunday to gross around INR67.5 million (US$1.1 million) nett and INR92.5 million (US$1.5 million) nett respectively.[51][52] Happy New Year grossed around INR202.5 million (US$3.3 million) in second weekend to take its ten day total to INR1.54 billion (US$25 million) nett.[53] The film grossed around INR30 million (US$490,000) nett on second Monday,[54] INR40 million (US$650,000) nett on second Tuesday[55] and INR27.5 million (US$450,000) nett on second Wednesday.[56] Happy New Year grossed around INR353.8 million (US$5.7 million) nett in its second week to take its total to INR1.685 billion (US$27 million) nett.[57] It grossed around INR45 million (US$730,000) nett over its third weekend to take its total to INR1.73 billion (US$28 million) nett.[58][59] Happy New Year grossed around INR77.5 million (US$1.3 million) nett in week three taking its total to a little over INR1.76 billion (US$29 million) nett.[60] The film grossed INR10 million (US$160,000) nett in fourth weekend to take its total to INR1.7718 billion (US$29 million) nett.[61]

Box Office India declared Happy New Year a "Super Hit" and "the second biggest hit of 2014" in India.[62]


Happy New Year recorded the second highest overseas opening weekend of all time with figures of $8.1 million (INR 498 million).[63] The film had an all time record opening in the Gulf, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Germany.[64][65] In the opening weekend, the film grossed $2.9 million (INR 178 million) in the Gulf, $2 million (INR 123 million) in US/Canada, £570,000 (INR 56 million) in United Kingdom, Aus$380,000 (INR 20.5 million) in Australia and $600,000 (INR 37 million, PKR 62 million) in Pakistan.[66] 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.[67]

Happy New Year collected $13 million (INR 798.6 million) internationally in first 10 days from its release.[68][69] It grossed $15 million (INR 921.4 million) in international markets in less than three weeks.[70]

Critical reception


The film generally received a mixed to negative response from Indian critics. 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 Oceans 11/12 and "Flashdance".[71] 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".[72] NDTV also rated the film 2 out of stars and said that irrespective of collection at the box office, it "has nothing new to offer".[73] 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".[74] 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".[75]


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".[76] Lisa Tsering of The Hollywood Reporter reviewed film as, "an ambitious musical, a love story and an Ocean's 11-style crime caper".[77] 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."[78]


Actors Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan hinted there might be a possible sequel of this film.[79][80]


Bollywood film choreographer Saroj Khan reportedly got upset after being spoofed in movie.[81] Farah Khan denied having spoofed Saroj Khan. Farah had earlier allegedly spoofed Manoj Kumar in her 2007 film Om Shanti Om.[82][83]


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