Recently at an event Jaya Bachchan spoke out and criticized the latest release 'Happy New Year' terming it as the 'Most nonsensical film she has seen in recent times'. Though she spoke well of her son Abhishek Bachchan as being a great actor for acting stupid in front of the camera, she expressed her hatred towards the film to the lead actor (Shahrukh Khan). As she ended this argument, Jaya Bachchan said that cinema is an art that has been turned into business. So now is it true? And if it's so is this a good or bad thing?
Let's consider one thing- 'Variety is the spice of life' and 'Not all fingers are equal'. (Okay that's two things for you to consider). Agreed that HNY was actually a nonsensical film and it dangerously lacked logic.Narrating the story of this film to a friend could actually make them feel that you're drugged. But also consider that maybe sometimes it's necessary to have films like these.
Justifying the last thought in the above, think about all the types of films Bollywood gives us. We had a 'Haider' which was brilliant as a story and gave us some seriously good cinema; but yet some of the audience found it too slow and fell asleep midway. 'Khoobsurat' was loved by teenagers and young college kids, but the others plainly hated the sight of Sonam next to the irresistible bearded Fawad. Concluding this mixture of thoughts, one thing is clear; each film is made for a certain type of audience.
We happen to believe that Happy New Year was made for those who like each dish with an added pinch of masala (or maybe lots of it). It was made for those who didn't want to put too much brain into figuring out the story of the film. Happy New Year was served to those who love Shahrukh Khan and oh how they loved it- the box-office numbers prove it.
If art is freedom, then we believe 'Happy New Year' is art, modern art which allows even a single stroke of black paint to be sold for a million bucks.