Farah Khan's 'Happy New Year' expected to cross 200 crore mark

With a number of films making their way to the 100 crore club, this figure has become an old yardstick when measuring the success of a Bollywood film. Enter Happy New Year directed by former choreographer Farah Khan. The film is rumored to be heading for a total collection of 200 crores and can easily exceed this mark. Though the film is still very much in the production stage, Yash Raj Films has bought the worldwide theatrical rights of the film with a minimum guarantee of Rs 125 crores. Compare this to Chennai Express which was sold for Rs 105 crores while still in the production stage.

A lot of anticipation is building up around the film. Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone are coming together in the film after their superhit performance in Chennai Express. The couple has been directed by Farah Khan and this combination was last seen in another blockbuster, Om Shanti Om. Apart from this, SRK has also worked with Farah in Main hoon na which was another great hit. With this type of record, exotic locale of shooting and great music, Happy New Year is easily expected to cross the 200 crore mark. In addition to the 125 crores by Yash Raj films, the satellite rights of the film has been purchased by Zee for a whopping Rs. 65 crores while T-series has brought the music rights for Rs. 12 crores.

In addition to SRK and Deepika, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Jackie Shroff and Sonu Sood will also be seen in the movie. It is produced by Gauri Khan. Vishal Shekhar has composed the music and the lyrics have been penned by Irshad Kamil. A large part of the film has been shot in UAE and the country has benefitted from the month long shooting. The Dubai TV and Film Commission had worked with Red Chillies Entertainment to arrange for the shooting. 180 rooms were booked at the luxury hotel Atlantis on Palm Island for 180 days for the crew. Shooting lasted for three weeks and UAE earned more than $5 lakhs for the shooting of Happy New Year. Not only the dance scenes but also a major part of the film was shot in Dubai. Still, it seems that the film has more than recovered its cost of production though it will be released only during the Diwali of this year.