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Happy Ending Movie Review: Raj & D.K.'s Saif Ali Khan starrer is a documentary on film-making in Bollywood

 Happy Ending
Director :  Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK
Music :  Sachin-Jigar
Lyrics :  Amitabh Bhattacharya
Starring :  Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D''Cruz, Kalki Kochlein, Ranvir Shorey and Govinda

November 21, 2014 12:16:52 PM IST
updated March 9, 2015 3:17:01 PM IST
Happy Ending Review By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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Movies today educate the viewers on movie making, or rather, how a movie should be made. Two weeks ago, we had THE SHAUKEENS giving us an insight into how blockbusters and top-grossers are made and the attitude of the actors and how everyone wants to be in the Rs 100 crore club.

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HAPPY ENDING goes a notch further. We are given lessons on scenes, dialogue writing, what to expect for Rs 300, when to insert a song, and how to copy scenes from Hollywood DVDs. If this was a genuine parody on film-making, it would have gone down well. Instead, it showcases the cluelessness of the brains behind the film.

Of the 136 minutes run-time, only the last 20 minutes or so are bearable and resemble anything of what a film should be. For the rest of the time, we are treated to a documentary with even Saif Ali Khan's wife coming on screen.


Then there's Saif's alter ego resembling music director Pritam who gives the real Saif, who has a 'commitment phobia', gyan on how to move ahead in his relationship or break it.

So here we are seated, hoping to view some sensible stuff, but instead are treated to the director's desire to find a happy ending to a film. This explains why all the energies are in the last 20 minutes only.

Saif is Yudi Jaitley, a successful 'one-book wonder' who is basking in the glory of a bestseller written five-and-a-half years ago. Like a dog on the streets (Yudi's words, not ours), he goes after anything that moves in a skirt. Everything is smooth and fine for him till the girl he is dating says those three magic words. For Yudi, they are a turn-off.

Since he has not put pen to paper for these many years, the advance he has taken from the publishers gets taken away along with his car and smaller accessories. Down in the dumps, he is taken by his agent to Armaan (Govinda) a supposed star, to write a script for his next film. It is here that we are treated to how films are thought of in Bollywood.

In between, he tries to befriend Aanchal Reddy (Ileana D'Cruz) the writer who has taken the place in the publishing house where Yudi was once a blue-eyed boy. It is clear here that Aanchal has nothing to do with Yudi, but somehow the director manages to pack them off in a car on a long road trip to San Francisco. There they get friendly. Yes, I forgot to mention, 99.9 per cent of the film is shot in the US.


To guess the HAPPY ENDING you don't have to be a genius.

Ileana is capable of much more. Whatever happened to the girl from BARFI? It is only in the last 15 minutes that she actually emotes and acts and reacts. For Saif Ali Khan, since this is his production, it is 'hair down' day for him. Just chill seems to be his mantra in acting. For Govinda, he seems to be finding his feet in acting again. This was a good 'Net Practice' for him.

For us though, it was a Happy moment when the film ended!

PS: This film reminded me of Anurag Kashyap's NO SMOKING, where the film is in a maze inside the director's mind.

 Happy Ending Review Rating : 
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