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Happy ending film review 1.12.2014

Genre:
Romantic-Comedy
Cast:
Saif Ali Khan, Ileana
D'Cruz, Kalki Koechlin,
Govinda, Ranvir Shorey
Director:
Raj Nidimoru and
Krishna DK
SPOILERS ALERT
It is never a particularly
good idea to marry a
Happy Ending to a rash of
loose ends, but the result
that the director duo of
Raj Nidimoru and Krishna
DK extract from this quirky
and risky exercise is none-
too-unhappy.
From last year's zom-com
Go Goa Gone to this crazy
"comedy about romantic
comedies", the directors
haven't really shifted
gears quite to the extent
that they might appear to
have done.
They are still into crafting
whimsical, Bollywood-
style send-ups of popular
Hollywood genres.
In the rather patchy but
inoffensive Happy Ending,
the narrative style is
bright and breezy enough
to help them paper over
the flaws in the
screenplay.
And the tone they adopt
here is much less zany
than the one they did in
Go Goa Gone, and so this
film is infinitely easier to
relate to.
Happy Ending enmeshes
the wildly absurd with the
mildly funny to deliver
two-and-a-quarter hours
of harmless entertainment
that does not overly try
the audience's patience
despite the many holes
that it is riddled with.
It mocks the filmic concept
of the "till death do us
part" kind of love. The
commitment-phobic male
protagonist at the heart of
the film's plot falls in and
out of love as if it were a
swimming pool.
The film also takes
humorous jabs at how
commercial films are
conceptualized and
written in the Mumbai
industry.
And Happy Ending of
course seeks to show up
the futility of the honeyed
dreams that romantic
comedies peddle to a
gullible audience.
For producer and lead
actor Saif Ali Khan, Happy
Ending represents a
breezy rejig of his Hum
Tum and Salaam Namaste
persona of a decade ago.
The confused philanderer
act that he attempted
with mixed results in the
more recent Cocktail now
appears well past its sell-
by date. Yet, the many
collegiate hook-ups and
break-ups he pulls off in
Happy Ending do not look
completely at odds with
the film's purpose.
Happy Ending seeks to
have us believe that there
are no happy endings in
real life.
So, when we meet our
man Yudi Jaitley, Los
Angeles-based one-book
wonder, his bestseller has
dropped off the shelves of
bookstores been put in
the cut-price corner.
What's worse, his bank
balance has sunk
dangerously low and he
has defaulted on his car
loan repayment.
The swanky red crock is
towed away and he is in
grave danger of losing
"the fame, money and
girls" that he has had for
the asking all these years.
It is five and a half years
since his book was
published, and in this
period he has dated eight
and a half girls.
With the ninth one, his
dentist (Kalki Koechlin), he
is, as always, in two
minds. So the lady puts a
tracker app on her mobile
to constantly monitor his
whereabouts.
A voluble Mumbai film
producer (Govinda) lands
in Los Angeles in search of
a writer who can rustle up
a "kickass" rom-com: "a
Bollywood film written in
Hollywood style". Yudi
gets a lifeline.
His drinking mate and foul
weather aide is a married
guy (Ranvir Shorey) who
just can't shake off the
vice-grip like that his wife
has on his life.
There is another bloke
around Yudi whose voice
he heeds, and he is his
own inner self - an ill-
kempt, cynical, irritable
creature (Saif Ali Khan
again) who does his best
to warn him of the pitfalls
that lie ahead.
The biggest of them all is
a rival writer (Ileana
D'Cruz) whose pulpy
romantic novel, Crazy
Hearts, has dislodged
Yudi's Operation Payback
from the list of bestsellers.
There is no love lost
between the two writers,
and sparks fly when a
desperate Yudi begins to
grab at straws for survival.
As far as love stories go,
Happy Ending goes
nowhere. To be fair, the
audience is warned as
early as in the opening
sequence in a movie hall.
Saif's Yudi is munching
popcorn noisily as his
girlfriend (Kareena Kapoor
in a special appearance)
tries to let him know that
she loves him to
distraction.
The hero is certainly
mighty distracted. He
makes no effort at all to
reciprocate the girl's
emotion. She stomps off
angrily and dumps him,
declaring that their
relationship is going
nowhere.
If you expect Happy
Ending to get somewhere,
you are watching the
wrong film.
Do not expect the world
from Happy Ending and
you might actually find in
it enough enjoyable
patches to make a trip to
the multiplex worth your
while.


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