All that holds up Farah Khan's latest directorial attempt is the spirited cast and enormous budget. Story is paper-thin, aimed solely for the mass-audience entertainment that includes some passable comedy, loud boom-bang music, enforced action, a botched up revenge angle, sudden teary-eyed emotion, lathered up patriotism, familiar gay jokes, swear words and vomit (ugh, yeah). Sharp editing would have helped a lot, a hell lot (3 hours plus running time). It isn't a real messed up film either, just about bearable. Despite the vomit (Yaaaaaaaah!).
Selling vegetables to international crowd
The only designs the film gets right for itself is the target audience, reel marketing that is. So there is a mash of content to suit an audience consisting of Asians, Americans, Britishers and other SRK fan base countries. 'Anything goes' is the tagline lure to bring in the crowd. Film influences include The A-Team, The Italian Job and snatches from several other Hollywood flicks.
The sole saviour
If you still want to hit the cinema hall, the ONLY reason is the cast chemistry, a mixed bag (laden with shallow character sketches) that seems to have enjoyed working together. Shah Rukh Khan revisits doing dialogue parodies (yet again) on his earlier films , right from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) to Chak De India (2007), leading the pack, going grim with revenge-lust and does it all with a 'been-there-done-that-several-times' ease and verve.
Deepika Padukone is at the height of her acting abilities, she gets decent time to showcase an outrageous bar dancer role. Boman Irani and Sonu Sood saddle their blown up roles competently. Vivaan Shah has reason to feel shortchanged, if you really want to see him act, watch Vishal Bharadwaj's 7 Khoon Maaf (2011). Surprise, real pleasant surprise, Abhishek Bachchan is a riot, making the most of Happy New Year's loud, exaggerated comedy, adding a joyous crazy snake-dance wriggle to it.