Happy Ending: Movie Review

Film - Happy Ending

Cast - Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D'Cruz, Kalki Koechlin, Govinda, Ranvir Shorey

Rating - **

The movie Happy Ending is about a commitment phobic guy named Yudi Jaitley (Saif Ali Khan) who is a writer. He has written one book 5 and a half years ago and is living on the success of it. He is currently being chased by a dentist Vishakha (Kalki Koechlin) and wants to break up with her but can't seem to do it. Suddenly he finds out that his finances drain out that he had acclaimed from his one hit wonder book that he had written 5 and a half years ago. Yudi's agent takes him to a aging Bollywood superstar Armaan (Govinda) who tells Yudi to write a story for a Bollywood romantic comedy which is inspired from Hollywood. The alter ego of a broke Yudi called Yogi (also Saif Ali Khan) advises him to do it despite Yudi's dislike for this kind of work. In comes the new romantic author in town Aanchal Reddy who's book is the current sensation. Saif charms Aanchal and the love story begins. The comedy unfolds as the actors try to work out their relationship with each other.

What we think:

The movie Happy Ending is a romantic comedy which makes fun of the genre in a light hearted way. The story line is pretty simple with the boy-meets-girl and the falling in love scenario. It definitely points out the modern takes in relationships today. The movie is a bit of a disappointment as it is stretches a bit too far and gets boring in between. It definitely had the potential of being an entertaining film but lacked many things like crisp acting and solid humor.

As far as the acting goes, none of the four main actors were bad but at a certain point turned a bit pretentious except Govinda. The protagonists of the movie, Saif and Ileana, had a good chemistry and an interesting funny side. Kalki is trying out the commercial side of Bollywood with supporting roles and doing a good job at it. She played the clingy girlfriend to the core. Ranvir Shorey played the role of Saif's best friend in the film who wants to escape his marriage and drink with his buddy. He has done a good job in the movie but is sadly quite unnoticeable throughout. Now Govinda, if one wants to know how to get the most attention with the least screen time they have to learn it from the him. The actor is hardly seen in the movie but his presence is completely paisa vasool as he spins out the satirical humor on the six pack abs trend running in Bollywood. Saif's role as Yogi is much more entertaining than his actual role. Yogi is the fat, bearded inner voice of Yudi that entertains the audience with his funny comments. Taking the big names in Bollywood, it is easy to make films which look good on the posters, but a good film depends on an interesting story which Happy Ending regretfully lacked.

Our verdict is that if you want to watch Saif Ali Khan trying hard to relive his Hum Tum and Salaam Namaste days, then you shouldn't miss this movie. But otherwise, you are not missing anything special, different or interesting if you give this one a miss.

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