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'Happy Ending' is like an age old and time tested multi course meal served in a new diner which calls out the name and necessity (also read as state-of-no choice) of each course before serving the same. It seems as if the sellers don't really believe in their wares, but end up offering the same (albeit packaged differently) acting on the law of demand and supply. But neither do they fulfill the buyer's expectation, nor is their new packaging attractive enough to hold the buyer's interest!
Yudi Jaitley (Saif Ali Khan) is a USA based 'one book wonder' writer and a casanova. He is phobic of love/marriage and has thus indulged into a trail of shallow relationships with the opposite gender. He likes to enjoy his relationships without any strings attached. So, the moment a girl utters the quintessential 'I love you', he mumbles and fumbles, but never reciprocates the same. Only two steady relationships of his life are Montu (Ranvir Shorey), his long time BFF and Divya (Preity Zinta), his ex GF, the one he actually loved. Both are married. Yudi also has a paunchy, beardy, bespectacled, shorts clad and ever-eating alter ego Yogi who forecasts the impending turn of events.
Yudi's free spirited lifestyle and the state of no new publication since five and a half years, result into his bankruptcy. While scouting for new assignment, he witnesses a rival writer, Aanchal Reddy (Ileana D'Cruz) gaining momentum with his publisher. As expected, in due course of time, their rivalry gives way to attraction and companionship. But this time, the tables are turned. And Yudi is the one who utters the magical three words in vain!
Alongside, Armaan (Govinda), an aging actor visits USA for dual purpose. First - to avail the top notch cosmetic surgery to attain a younger face and toned up body (read six-pack), and Second - to approach Yudi to pen down a highly inspired (read copying from a plethora of hit movies) rom-com that will change Armaan's status from a single screen actor to a multiplex actor. And yes, there is also the nutcase Vishakha (Kalki Koechlin), Yogi's dentist, who is in love with Yogi and too mesmerized to break up with him, in spite of him repeatedly trying to do the same!
As per the movie title, the protagonist is expected to avail happiness aka success in both love and career. And the movie progresses on the similar lines.
The movie has a story, but its execution is not up to the mark. It is a classic case of casting gone wrong. Also, in spite of good effort, there is no chemistry between the lead actors. Preity Zinta just plays a cameo in the film and surprisingly there is perfect chemistry between Saif and Preity. Alter ego concept could have been made so much interesting, but it comes out as plain vanilla. Saif has been a pro in playing such roles. But the well settled real life mid forties 'nawab' with his diva like new wife, grown up kids and estates galore, can no more look or act like a playboy. Music is average and a bevy of singers have been used. The track 'G Phaad Ke' will be a hit amongst the disc goers. Cinematography has well covered the west coast of America.
Saif looks charming and is good with comedy. Ileana has acted well. She looks stylish and confidant, in fact a little too confidant. Kalki appears like a psycho in love. Whether the role demanded the same, or it was her style of execution, its debatable. Ranvir and Shivani are OK. Its Preity, who doesn't try too hard and still brings the life in the couple of scenes that she is in. Govinda is especially good with his action-reactions and dancing. While dancing, he simply captures the screen. But you do miss the 'connection' that he had with his co actors in all of his earlier films. Call it computer wizardry or something else, but the scene towards the end where Govinda appears with a much younger face, six pack abs etc. is a pleasant surprise.
WTF is this piece of crap? The only thing infectious about this movie is the dude with ebola sitting two rows up from you. There is nothing worth watching her.
Raj & DK deliver yet again!!
Typical Bollywood comedy, another dumpster movie this year.
The film tries to be a different romcom or romedy as one of characters say in the movie. However it fails to create cute and remember able moments which is prerequisite for the romcom. All actors are good in acting department. the film only impresses in parts.
A waste of time and money I'm afraid.
Yogi (saif) is a writer who is involved into work but doesn't really care for feelings like love. In that aspect, he rejects one girl (kareena) and after that comes Vishakha (kalki). She loves him so much that she also puts an app in his mobile which shows his location. Meanwhile, he gets an offer from Armaanji (govinda) an actor who wants to capture mulitplexes. For that, Yogi decides to become friends with Aanchal Reddy (ileana) a writer whose novels are hot property. In that process, he falls in love with her. What happens after that forms the rest.
The directors have come up with a good storyline and while the presentation was rich, the narrative was engaging . The dialogues were well written. The script was decent and the tight screenplay made it better . The background score was melodious and two songs were worth watching. Cinematography was good. Editing was okay.Costumes were well designed and stylish while the art department was colorful. Saif Ali Khan dominated with his presence and did his two roles very well. Ileana is very expressive and naturally photogenic, she was nice. Kalki was energetic and good as the psycho girlfriend. Ranvir Shorey was hilarious,his act was standout. Govinda rocked with his role whenever on screen. Andrew Kneebone came and went. Preity Zinta was brief but good.
In this film, the first half breezes smoothly with elements of romance, some comedy and also some dramatic moments. The interval bang was good and films keeps on going with the light hearted romance and comedy well. Over Saif Ali Khan who is synonymous with romcoms, so is this one any different, well it is predictable, and it is cliched at times but are not all romcoms now, this one still has fresh presentation, and it has hilarious moments. Overall the film has beautiful locations, it has many LOL moments, It is acted well, and the film is very fresh and breezy. A recommend watch.
4/5* or 8/10
I had actually begun to think romantic comedies cannot be made differently in Bollywood! And I am also right but they can still be made pretty darn good. With the still in coming pour of masala movies heading your way since a couple of years, this urbane cool rom com which goes as far as parodying itself comes a breath of fresh air! The plot is nothing unusual & yes it does pick a piece or two from Showtime's hit TV series Cali fornication, its the predictability of things which the most fun part of this venture. Shot in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the three cinematographers Chase Bowman, Yaron Levy & Mahesh Limaye have made sure the film is very good-looking. The plot is simple - Yudi lives in LA, an erstwhile bestselling writer who has gone broke and lost his car due to failing his installment payments! Amidst all the confusion, he bumps into Aanchal Reddy - a writer who has replaced him at his publication, writes romantic novels for a living and doesn't believe in love, while instead pokes fun at her own readers. While his only chance to get back some of his fame (& money) is to write a Hollywood meets Bollywood kind of script for a sleazy single screen hero Armaan, who wants to make it big at the multiplex as well! The hilarity starts from the opening scene itself, as Yudi & his girl friend (real life wife Kareena Kapoor Khan) watching 'Love Aaj Kal'. She tells him she loves him, he says erm cool. She says I know you have depth. And he says no, I think this is all I have. Breakup Hilarious! !The best bits in the film are between Yudi and Yogi, a fat snobby quirky but philosophically always correct alter ego! Directors Raj and D.K have already shown us they are here to try something new (Go Goa Gone) and thank God for that. & they are not afraid to portray that feeling A scene where Govina's assistant pokes fun at the huge downpour of South Indian film remakes, it just sounded so true! Their vocabulary is fresh, their writing might not be novel but at least they were ballsy enough to attempt a decent spoof on romances. Yes, the film dips in pacing at times in the second half, but looking at the wider picture, those scenes were actually integral to the whole storyline. Among the performances, Saif Ali Khan plays himself & is back in his comfort zone, playing commitment phobic has been ?his thing in a lot of films and it's his usual deadpan humor that gets you. I loved Yogi more than Yudi. To be able to deliver such distinct performances, in the same frame needs a sound sense of comic timing and Saif surpasses his best. RIP Humshakals. Ileana Dcruz gives another effortless performance. She too is clearly playing herself but does so with a lot of believable earnestness, you just cant help but fall in love with her! Kalki Koechlin despite her small role is great. She gets her antics in to make you laugh and you do find the psycho stalker endearing! Ranvir Shorey has a knack for comedy which is a known fact, & here he gets to prove how outstanding he is! His frustrating life situations will get you laughing. His dominating wife, her oops pregnancy and her monotone under wears are the primary problems of his life. Preity Zinta in an extended cameo as always is sparkling & loveable. And above all Govinda is in his words, is just 'kickass'. Slipping into the kind of loud humor he has always been known for! His character of a sleazy single star, who thinks too highly off himself is a delight to watch!! The directors have made sure the sequences between his character & Saif's character, become downright laughable & memorable. The editing was crisp and a special mention to Sachin Jigar, there is enough good music to keep you glued. Overall Happy Ending is a well paced, urban, cool & a hilarious rom com, & the the credit goes to Raj and D.K along with Saif who pack together so many right ingredients that you can't help but invest in the film. An excellent weekend watch! Once the film has "Ended" you are sure to come out "Happy" (did you see what I just did, no?).