Happy Ending sees Saif Ali Khan and Ileana D’Cruz joined by Govinda in this romantic comedy. Komal Shastri-Khedkar provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.
Happy Ending is a film by the same directors Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru, who have given us highly entertaining films like 99, Shor, Go Goa Gone in the past.
Their films have always been unique, with a great writing style and being out of the box. However this time the duo, who set out on the task of making a spoof of romantic comedy flicks, sadly fall into their own trap.
If you too are a fan of the duo’s films, you will keep expecting some twist in the plot knowing that the directors won’t cheat you, but then finally realise that they just broke your trust.
The story of Happy Ending has the same old plot where the guy meets the girl; they fall in love, followed by a conflict and then the ‘Happy Ending’. Krishna and Raj like every time surprise you, only this time the surprise isn’t a pleasant one.
Getting straight to the plot, Saif is playing the same old sonny boy and Casanova residing in some foreign land (only he knows why, as his profession never has anything to do with his country of residence) just this time he is also a one book wonder author as well.
|A satire on rom-coms, which ends up being one.|
|While Govinda saves the film, Saif and Ileana are pleasant to watch.|
|The directors unlike their past films, fail to make an impression.|
|Saif Ali Khan as the producer makes sure the money spent is justified on the screen|
|The music of the film is not extraordinary and most likely won't be on your phone playlist.|
|Happy Ending has the same old plot with no originality|
Right in the opening scene, Saif who is seen with his real life wife Kareena, is established as a commitment phobic. Again! Thus after a series of dates and parties, one day, reality knocks on his door with the discover that he has been riding on his 5 year old success and is now broke.
A new ‘Mills and Boon’ type romance writer (Ileana D’cruz) has replaced him in the market. Her literature is full of overwhelming romance which almost chokes her readers with tears.
Saif naturally hates her and her writing until he discovers that Ileana is a female version of the narcissist Saif himself. Presenting to you another commitment phobe who laughs at her own romantic novels and the very own idea of romance!
Saif meets female Saif and they start a platonic relationship which then turns into a strictly commitment free dating which is supported by a few romantic songs to take the story forward. All this while the makers are making fun of the clichéd ‘romedies’!
While Saif and Ileana are good individually, together they don’t have a great chemistry and so fail to create a lasting impression on the viewers.
The film’s surviving factor is its supporting cast, none other than Govinda who is brilliant and keeps the movie alive along with Ranveer Shorey who plays a frustrated husband to perfection.
The music of the film (just like the film itself) is not extraordinary and is something that most likely won’t be on your iPod playlist.
Happy Ending falls into its own trap by being a film that sets out to ridicule the clichéd cheesy rom-com chick flicks in a satirical manner but ends up being one. Despite this, it still passes off as a watchable film because somewhere deep down, we all enjoy a ‘romedy’ once in a while.
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