Happy New Year Music Review

As India gears up for its biggest festival of the year, Diwali, the movie industry is all set to unleash its most lavish product. Farah Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ is going to be Shahrukh Khan’s 11th (Yes, you read it right) Diwali release in his illustrious career spanning more than two decades.

The director-actor duo are coming together for the third time after the dual super success of Main Hoon Na (2004) and Om Shanti Om (2007). In terms of starcast and production values, it cannot get bigger than ‘Happy New Year’ as Deepika Padukone is enjoying the peak of her career and Shahrukh’s last film Chennai Express went on to be the highest grosser of all time. The presence of versatile music director duo of Vishal-Shekhar has raised the bar of expectations as the evergreen songs of ‘Om Shanti Om’ are still fresh in the minds of music lovers. Let us dwell inside the album and see what is in store for us.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Indiawaale: The Happy New Year Music album opens with ‘Indiawaale’ which has been sung by Vishal Dadlani, KK, Shankar Mahadevan and Neeti Mohan. The promo of the song is all over the television and internet already. The track boasts of highly energetic beats and foot tapping music. It’s designed for stage dance shows which apparently are part of the film’s theme. Lyrics by Irshad Kamil are simple yet effective. The song has grand visuals but the music at best is ordinary. (3/5)

Manwa Laage: Next up we have ‘Manwa Laage’ which is a complete shift from ‘India Waale’. Sung in the voices of Shreya Ghoshal and current phenomena Arijit Singh, ‘Manwa Laage’ is a soulful melody. The song reminds you of the ‘Titli’ song from ‘Chennai Express’ but that’s mainly because of the same lead pair involved. Irshad Kamil excels in the lyrics department. The promo is already creating waves in the social networking sites and it surely deserves all the applause. Not quite in the ‘Main Agar Kahoon’ league, but very good nonetheless. (4/5)

Satakli: ‘Satakli’ is also one of the songs along with ‘Indiawaale’ and ‘Nonsense Ki Night’ which is heard in the theatrical trailer –‘Radhe Radhe Bolo Jai Kanhaiya Laal Ki’. Sukhwinder Singh has sung some classic songs for SRK like ‘Chhaiyyan Chhaiyyan’, ‘Chak De India’, ‘Haule Haule’ just to mention a few. He performs well, as usual, but the singer is only as good as the song he is given. (2.5/5)

Lovely: Dr. Zeus of the famous Punjabi song ‘Kangana’ has been roped in to arrange the music for ‘Lovely’ which is sung by Kanika Kapoor of ‘Baby Doll’ fame. The track starts with Arabian vocals but soon Punjabi flavor takes over completely. The song has got a lot of scope for dance and it remains to be seen what Farah-Deepika has in store for the viewers. Million dollar question is can Farah surpass her own ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’, which eventually turned out to be bigger than her last film itself? (3.5/5)

Nonsense Ki Night: Mika is everywhere. Fresh from the chartbuster success of ‘Jumme Ki Raat’, Mika is in his elements in ‘Nonsense Ki Night. Lyrics are filled with funny English one-liners which presumably will be mouthed by Abhishek Bachchan. The number is catchy and is sure to climb up the popularity charts if the film does well at the box office. (3/5)

Dance Like A Chammiya: The album is filled with dance numbers. Here comes yet another peppy track sung in the voice of dance-number queen Sunidhi Chauhan. Designed for Deepika, this could well be the introductory track for her character of Mohini. (3/5)

Sharabi: Vishal-Shekhar try their hands at a typical Punjabi dance number ‘Sharabi’ in the voice of Manj Musik. The track reminds you of the superhit Punjabi song from Dijeet-Honey Singh ‘Lak 28 Kudi Da’ as the vocals and music arrangements are similar. Lyrics are average, but the song is decent. (3/5)

To complete the album, we have the remix/club versions of ‘IndiaWaale’ and ‘Lovely’ (‘Kamlee’). Medley of all the songs and the instrumental theme song is also part of the album.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The movie is about dance shows and the grandeur is clearly visible in the song promos. Music is designed as per the theme of the movie. Although the album cannot be termed as musically outstanding, and nowhere close to as good as ‘Om Shanti Om’ (the comparisons are inevitable, isn’t it?) it still has a lot of potential. The songs can grow big-time with the box-office performance of the movie which should not be a tough ask given SRK’s foolproof record during the festival of lights.

Happy New Year Music review by Abhishek Sharma (Facebook)



  • agree with rating music is pretty average.
    waiting for movie if movie get 3 star than i am damn sure it will touch 300 cr even at worst rating it will touch 250 cr.

  • Very balanced review indicine. Just loved it :)
    Also, I’m happy to see that our ratings are exactly same (Even I commented with my rating 3/5 in late article)

  • indicine plz gives honest review it doesnt deserve 3/5 rating.
    it deserve only 2/5 it’s perfect.
    only manvalage looks good.

  • Dear SRK Fans.
    I challenge every true Shah fan will have tears in his/her eyes at the end of World Dance Medley.
    Shahrukh Khan will make you cry.
    After 4:28, when energy level goes really high and you have INDIAWAALE chorus giving you goosebumps.
    And the screen will blast coz of best patriotic dance ever seen.
    And SRK giving his everything at this age for his fans. So much love, passion, dedication, never ending energy level just to make up proud and happy.
    That moment, you will realize, why you are SHAH RUKH KHAN fan


  • Very genuine review Indicine……..
    Music is decent but fails to match the expectations…….except Manwa Laage none song is worth hearing again….. I think the music will fade away as the movie releases and won’t be a hit in Long-run as you correctly mentions like OSO……
    and Now plz come up with bang Bang music review also.

  • 1 India Waale — 3.5/5
    2 Manwa Laage — 4/5
    3 Satakli — 4/5
    4 Lovely — 4.5/5
    5 World Dance Medley — 2/5
    6 Nonsense Ki Night — 2.5/5
    7 Dance Like a Chammiya — 3.5/5
    8 Sharabi — 4/5
    9 India Waale (Electronic) — 3.5/5
    10 The Heist (Instrumental Version) — 3/5
    11 Kamlee — 4.5/5
    Lovely is the best from the album followed by Manwalage, Satakli n Sharabi; Indiawale n dance like a chamiya also good. Overall hny album is good compare to ra1 but oso was better, I will give 3.5/5 for the music of HNY. #ChartbusterHNYAlbum

  • Srk has 11 deewali(biggest festive season) releases but his fans bark on Salman’s holyday(eid) releases. Too much fun.

  • 1. India wale- 2.5/5
    2. Manwa laage- 3.5/5
    3. Lovely- 3/5
    4. Satakli- 1.5/5
    5. Nonsense- 2/5
    6. Dance like- 2/5
    7. Sharabi- 3/5

    Overall- 2.5/5.

  • Average music album. As a musical heist movie, it needed good sound track. Now it all depends on how farah khan presented those songs. Bang Bang music album is below average to average. It has 4 songs all are very average.

  • i will give 3.5 out of 5. for me indiawaale n manwa laage has already became chartbusters.

    lovely cud become next baby doll due to its punjabi-arabic mix.

    nonsense ki night will also become a big hit.

    sharaabi is a typical dj song wch will hit d dance floor.

    dance like chhamiya is a seductive song which will become a hit

    only satakli is d average/above average one

    D FINAL WORD- music of hny is one of d best soundtracks of dis yr. vishal-shekhar have a gud job.
    d music of hny is better dan ce music.

    if hny has a honey singh song den, from my side, d soundtrack can be 2nd best aftr ek villain…

  • Its 4/5 overall. Manwa and indiawale are great but i am listening kamlee repeatedly, i found it catchy and i will listen to it for coming weeks.

    Finally its king film, why i would not listen it.

    Good luck SRK

  • HNY music album is the best music album of 2014, ek villen only have romantic song but hny have every type of song whether its patriotic or romantic, item songs or party song. After 1 or 2 week hny music will be topping charts like cocktail. #ChartbusterHNYAlbum

  • @indicine agree with ur rating but u r too harsh with satakli song. It should be 3.5 if nott 4. This will be huge hit among single screen audiences. And everybody are more anxious about who has performed on this song.

  • I think bollywood revolves round srk so indicine always publish most articles on him or may be indicine is helping in promotions.
    Bollywood is very big industry so why always ”HYN” and all that,lots of things are going around bollywood .
    So@indicine give equal time all the news.

  • Tere naal naal saajna mera dil dhadke dhadke mai lovely ho gayi yaar, naam tera padhke , naam tera padhke..
    mai lovey ho gayiaaaaaaa <3

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