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Happy New Year  (2014 - Hindi)

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    Rumela Sengupta

    By Rumela Sengupta(27 Oct 2014)

    I got bored within the first 30 mins and never recovered thereafter. Having wasted 3 hours on the mindless inanity, I don't want to waste further time in writing a full review. But I cannot help but point out the insensitive cliches on community, gender and race that saddened me.

    Boman Irani is introduced as a Parsi bachelor who goes out for a morning jog passing by umpteen middle aged women mooning over him. Thereafter his mom is shown yelling at him from her window "sala, jogging karta hai, dheela dheela chaddi pahanke, chhokri log pe line maarta hai." What else is one supposed to jog in - an even more dheela dhoti and kurta ? He is not showing making passes at the women - so he might as well have been a middle aged bachelor looking out for a mate. Why so many women were desperate for his attention is a different question altogether. Was this meant to be a caricature of the Parsi bachelor or bachelorette or mother ?

    Mohini is introduced as a bar dancer. After the hero manages to convince her to teach his team to dance, he is shown giving them a morality lesson in her absence "Woh ek bar dancer hai jo chhote chhote nangu pangu kapde pahanti hai, thode se paiso ke liye gair mardo ke saamne roz naachti hai....par woh hamari guru hai, uski respect karna zaruri hai. Woh bazaru aurat hai, cheap hai, vulgar hai... jo hai so hai." His subsequent apology to her is thereafter diluted with the following dialogue "I respect you because you are such an exceptional dancer...I was mesmerised, hypnotised...the movement of your booty, the beauty of your movement, and your big thighs... eyes, and your hips don't lie ...Mohiniji you are simply breasttaking, breathtaking." The patriarchal view is emphasised again at the end when the dancer earns "ijjat" by opening a dance school for little children. What exactly is the message here ? If a woman has to dance for a living, she cannot get respect but if she steps back into one of the traditional roles that patriarchy has thought fit for her, she is considered respectable.

    Team Korea (North) is introduced as the competition to beat in the world dance championships. Their captain is shown to be ruthless and back-stabbing as opposed to our Indiawala hero who is the embodiment of compassion even while out to avenge his father's doom.

    All I can say is - communalist, sexist, racist - arey jo bhi hain jaise hain, khud pe humein naaz hai, kehte hain humko pyar se India waale.