‘Happy New Year is the most nonsensical film!’

Farah Khan’s latest film Happy New Year may have earned Rs 300 crore at the Box Office, but it hasn’t impressed veteran actress Jaya Bachchan at all. Jaya’s son Abhishek Bachchan has a double role in the film and has won plaudits for his performance.

At a recent literature festival, Mrs Bachchan was on the panel discussing the lack of interest in adapting books for the big screen. On being asked how she found Happy New Year, the senior actress said, ‘HNY is the most nonsensical film I’ve seen in recent years. I said that to the film’s lead actor as well. I watched it only because Abhishek was part of it. I told him he’s a great actor if he can act stupid in front of the camera like that. I can’t be part of what is being done in films these days and hence I don’t do films anymore.’ She also added, ‘Unfortunately cinema today is about business, not art. We call good films art house cinema. What does that even mean? All cinema is art.’

There’s a reason why Shah Rukh Khan is Bollywood’s ‘badshah’! His latest acting and production venture Happy New Year has crossed over Rs.300 crore mark at the worldwide box office. ‘The movie has crossed more than Rs.310 worldwide gross,’ a source from Shah Rukh’s Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd, confirmed to IANS. Congratulating the team, megastar Amitabh Bachchan tweeted: ‘WOW!!! @HNY crosses 300 cr world wide...congratulations SRK and Farah...well-deserved...So Farah when do we work together! Haha.’

Happy New Year,  directed by Farah Khan, has an ensemble comprising SRK, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff. A heist drama, with dollops of dance and music, it opened to a bumper weekend, making it the quickest film to mint Rs.100 crore when it released Oct 24, said a statement. The post Diwali release, the movie is being lapped up by audiences of all age groups despite mixed reviews. According to exhibitors, Happy New Year will continue to pull in audiences to theatres for at least 10 more days.
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