Posted by Sari
If Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was a big Diwali hit of 2015, Happy New Year was that for 2014. It is Farah Kahn film, so it is on the same continium as Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om. That is throw everythhing and the kitcheng sink at it. Charlie (Shah Rukh Khan) is planning a daring diamond heist in Dubai in order to frame Grover (Jackie Shroff) for the robbery. Grover had in his turn framed Charlies dad for a diamond robbery way back when. In order to get into the hotel where the diamonds are, Charlie and his gang need to win a dance competition - a sort of dance eurovision - and represent India. They hire Mohini (Deepika Padukone) to teach them how to dance.
So this is like indian Oceans Eleven but more colorful and indian-funny. And with dancing and singing. That the break-in gang could credibly perform a professional dance number even for pretend is silly, the whole heist is just incredible but the run through is actually kind of funny. Shah Rukh's painted on pectoral muscles are getting towards eleven in the Spinal Tap scale and the patriotic glow in the dance competition is... something. But I loved this. Deepika Padukone is great, Shah Rukh is Shah Rukh, and little B has some of his fathers gangly charm as the continuously drunk Nandu. The kung-fu fighting scene (with the the song of course) at a helicopter pad on the roof of a Dubai sky scraper is alone worth the price of the admission.
English Tea Shop Happy Holiday: Green tea with Cinnamon, Pomegranate, Ginger, Cardamon, Cloves, Nutmeg and Pepper. Why do they call these different names? This tastes exactly same as the last one.