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#HappyEnding(Hindi) Rating: * * * Light, frothy and quivering with humorous exchanges, this romedy consistently tickles the funny bone without upending into woebegone theatrics. #RanvirShorey #PrietyZinta #KareenaKapoorKhan #KalkiKoechlin and above all #Govinda with ever lovable #SaifAliKhan and pretty peachy #IlleanaD’cruz, contribute selflessly to this spoofy fun mongering exercise.
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Hindi Film review
Film: Happy Ending
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Illeana D’cruz, Kalki Koechlin, Preity Zinta, Govinda, Ranvir Shorey, Kareena Kapoor Khan
Director: Raj & DK
Rating: * * *
This attempt is both eye-pleasing and humorously entertaining. Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru fashion an interesting series of smile-worthy comedy routines set in a thrifty tale of romance between a has-been best-selling writer and a current one.
It’s clever and witty and entirely segmented. The wayward plot tries to stitch it all together but the experience is not altogether seamless. One-book wonder Yudi Jaitley( Saif Ali Khan) is living it up on the basis of his past success while Aanchal Reddy(Illeana D’cruz) bestselling romance author from India, come to LosAngeles to promote her book, are on the same wave-length when it comes to Love, commitment and marriage. But getting them together is the real problem. For most of the first half, the director duo try to establish Yudi’s self-centred philosophies on life and love. He is shown serenading and breaking-up with a series of girl-friends including one played by Kareena Kapoor Khan. Then there’s his almost ‘gay’ bonhomie with a much-married-and-fighting-it Montu(Ranvir Shorey), an is-it-on-or-off relationship with Vishaka(Kalki Koechlin) and several bump-ins with his alter-ego Yogi(a potty looking Saif ) who acts as his love-guru of sorts. There’s also an aside about a fading super-star Armaan(Govinda, in his element) while on a visit to the USA for a secret body augmentation job, also seeking out a ‘different’ writer who could fashion a winning script for the new-look hero who hopes to waylay both the masses and the classes. So by the time the two central characters meet, it’s basically fast-forward to an attraction that doesn’t seem to be there other than within the machinations of the script. And as pre-programmed, they have to break-up before they can have a happy-ending of sorts.
The Director Duo try to incorporate a massage parlour scene to highlight the intent but the content is not exactly close to risqué or crude for that matter. It’s more of sedate enchantment through a series of self-mocking spoofy conversations with liberal doses of stingy barbs about Bollywood and it’s narcissistic idols. The love story in fact becomes poorer because there’s much more attention being shown to the irreverent sub-plots. It’s not an even field and the lop-sided treatment makes the experience less than fulfilling. But..the smartly written humorous exchanges do help in lifting the experience out of the doldrums. The music also blends in with the romantic comedy setting and the cinematography lends visual delight. Above all it’s the performances that make this light-weight effort a worthy watch. Saif does well in a cleverly delineated double role and Illeana complements him with charming insouciance. Kalki manages to give yet another worthy performance and Kareena and Preity manage to look interesting in their respective special appearances. The film though belongs more to Ranvir Shorey and Govinda who bring the house down in their segregated corners. Both are strikingly funny in their free-falling effort to connect with the audience. And that’s mainly why this film scores well on the rating scale!