Shah Rukh Khan’s much anticipated HAPPY NEW YEAR has opened to a mixed response. While some critics credited it as a masala flick packed with entertainment minus ideology others have booted it out as a below average film. Nevertheless the movie opened to 95-100 per cent occupancy with SRK fans going gaga over the film.
A film enthusiastic tweeted “HAPPY NEW YEAR is a good watch....loved the film!! Storyline is shallow but @TheFarahKhan managed to make it a complete entertainer.”
According to a famous Bollywood trade magazine from Mumbai, “The movie has garnered Rs 40 crores on its first day at the box office. The magazine added, “The movie is bound to create new record in terms of business looking at the festive crowds and the weekend.”
Farha Khan, the captain of the ship, who has directed her third film with SRK apart from MAIN HOON NA and OM SHANTI OM seems highly influenced, particularly for HAPPY NEW YEAR from Manmohan Desai, the Ustaad of ‘Masala Flick. Like Desai’s umpteen film having nonsensical stuff with no logic or sense HAPPY NEW YEAR too follows the lines of Manmohan Desai and it seems once again Desai’s formula has succeeded.
Ashish Saksena, COO Big Cinemas said, HAPPY NEW YEAR has taken a cracker of an opening. The fact that it's the solo release of the week has added to the fun. This could well be the film that will take the highest opening ever."
For the younger generation, who may not know about Manmohan Desai than let me inform that Manmohan Desai is regarded as Bollywood’s Numero Uno commercial filmmaker. He was the first filmmaker to bring out Amitabh Bachchan from his Angry Young Man’s action image and experiment with comedy in AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY.
Later along with Amiatbh Bachchan he gave several blockbusters like SUHAAG, NASEEB, COOLIE, MARD etc. Many a times Amitabh Bachchan would laugh at the weird situations that Manji would create in his films but Manmohan Desai would ask him to silently follow and Manji would have the last laugh because he knew the pulse of the cinegoers.