Saturday, November 22, 2014

Review: Happy Ending

Cast: Saif Ali Khan (Yudi and Yogi), Ranvir Shorey (Montu), Armaan (Govinda), Ilean D’Cruz (Aanchal), Kalki Koechlin (Vishakha), Preity Zinta (Divya)
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Direction: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK
Production: Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan, Sunil Lulla; Production Company: Illuminati Films
Music: Sachin-Jigar
Distribution: Eros International
Release Date: 21st November, 2014
Language: Hindi
Duration: 2 hours 16 minutes
Happy Ending, is a Rom-Com film by Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK. Deals with the story of individuals wanting to have fun of romance, but having commitment phobia. This plot has been experimented many times in the past, some have worked and some have not worked. And this movie Happy Ending lacks romance as well as comedy. It has comedy in bits and pieces, whereas romance as such is not at all felt throughout the movie.
Yudi (Saif Ali Khan) is a one-time wonder writer of a book. After writing the book, 5 ½ years have gone by and he had 8 ½ girlfriends also. He is living off royalties. He believes in enjoying life with fame, money and girls. He breaks off with the girls when they start proposing (The very first scene has Kareena proposing Saif, followed by his walking out of the relationship). Montu (Ranvir Shorey), Yudi’s friend loves to party with him, but he has to actually seek permission from his wife for the same. And there is Yudi’s alter ego synonym Yogi (Saif Ali Khan) who keeps questioning Yudi’s every action, throws words of wisdom. Vishakha (Kalki Koechlin), is madly in love with Yudi. She puts a Tracker app on his mobile so as to track his whereabouts. Yudi feels suffocated in her love and keeps avoiding her.
Yudi’s king-size life gets a blow when his vehicle is towed away by the publisher, and his contract has been given to Aanchal Reddy (Ileana D’Cruz).
Yudi is helped by his publisher friend to write a story for a film with Armaan (Govinda) in the lead. Armaan explains to Yudi that he wants a ‘Kick-Ass’ script for his movie. Armaan wants a Romedy which can become a blockbuster all over the world.
Yudi tries to flirt with Aanchal and learns that she is also commitment-phobic (who actually churns out romantic best sellers but does not believe in the concept of love). Rest of the movie revolves around, how Yudi and Aanchal approach their relationship. They also spend time together to write stories. What is it that brings Aanchal and Yudi closer (probably nothing)? What happens when two commitment-phobic people get together in life? Is there any Happy Ending in their relationship?
Happy Ending movie lacks the passion. First half is dreadfully boring. Saif Ali Khan lacked the charm he had in Love Aaj Kal, Hum-Tum. Ileana definitely looks very pretty on screen, but that is it about her performance. Kalki has done justice to her obsessive character. Divya (Preity Zinta), Yudi’s ex-girl friend has nothing much to do. Govinda gives some laughter moments with his cosmetic surgery and six pack abs scene. Ranvir is absolutely wasted. Music is not at all impressive. Movie has been mostly shot at Los Angles, San Francisco
Happy Ending lacks the punch of Happiness and Passion. Doesn’t have the depth.
Rating: 2/5 (Average)