Movie Review: Happy Ending

November 21, 2014

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Movie Review: Happy Ending Filmmakers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. have delivered some quirky, fun films in the past. Last year’s zombie comedy “Go Goa Gone” and the smart “Shor in the City” brought freshness to the screen and made even actors like Tusshar Kapoor look good.

Happy Ending seems to have brought an end to their good run. A film that starts off as a spoof on romantic comedies ends up living up to every single cliché in the genre.

The first cliché of course, is Saif Ali Khan. He plays for what seems like the umpteenth time a middle-aged man with the mental age of a hormonal teenager. He is an out-of-work author who lives off one successful novel which he wrote six years ago. Apparently, girls fall over each other to woo him, and he runs away at the first sign of things getting serious.

Given that his character, Yudi, has the personal charm of a perfume salesman, the reason why hordes of girls flock to him is a mystery. Things come to a head when Yudi realises that one good novel isn’t going to sustain him for the rest of his life. He is forced to give up the good life and work for Armaan (Govinda), a “single screen superstar” who wants to make the next blockbuster film. He asks Yudi to write the script.

This, right here, could have been a delightful film – a superstar and a writer, their diverse sensibilities and the making of what is supposed to be the next big hit. But Nidimoru and D.K. reduce this equation to a meagre four scenes and spend the rest of the 136-minute film on a romantic track between Yudi and Aanchal (Ileana D’Cruz), a feisty writer who gives him a taste of his own medicine. Adding to the motley group of characters is Yudi’s clingy girlfriend (Kalki Koechlin), a henpecked friend (Ranvir Shorey) and an ex-girlfriend (Preity Zinta).

The director duo start off by mocking conventional romantic stories, but by the time the film ends, they have had the infamous airport proposal, the road trip that helps the bond between two characters, and even the dream sequence songs. Old wine in an even older bottle.Movie Review: Happy Ending

What saves “Happy Ending” are the bit characters. It seems a criminal waste of Govinda’s comic timing to reduce his role to a fleeting appearance and fill it up with scenes of Kalki Koechlin screeching and Ileana D’cruz trying to act coy. Preity Zinta as the ex-girlfriend brings more screen presence and charm than both the lead heroines put together.

The only happy ending here is when you walk out of the theatre, having survived the ordeal that is this film.

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Seems like loosly inspired from Californication.

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