wogma rating: Watch but no rush (?)
Is love permanent? An urban romcom that tries to get a grapple on love. It is charming in its own way, but ultimately ends up having very little more than a regular romedy, as it likes to call itself.Read more
A sex comedy, with an innuendo in the title itself to be carried on to song titles - doesn't look like a film that I would find appealing. However, given the theme of a writer who is forced to write a "typical" script for a film by a star, gives the innuendos a fresh life - a spoof of real life, a satire that just might work kind of a life.
It does help that the movie is directed by the duo who were behind enjoyable, though not great, films like Go Goa Gone, 99, and Shor in the City. The cast is enticing too with Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D'Cruz, Ranvir Shorey and Kalki Koechlin in the leads. Even Govinda seems to be less annoying than usual, or let's just say appropriately annoying.
Given this background, I can see myself enjoying the film. I just hope they don't go overboard on the sexual / slapsticky comedy front. As usual, fingers crossed
- meeta, a part of the audience
Happy Ending is not a sex comedy after all, though its trailer tried its best in portraying itself as one. It is a regular rom-com that truly has its heart in trying to differentiate itself from others in its genre. It manages, even if only by a bit.
Let's face it. The dynamics of relationships are changing. Love is no more as "forever" a thing as it used to be thought of as. More and more of today's urban youth believes in "the one" for them, at this current point, on this day, this part of life. Of course, I have no statistics, but this is the general perception I see from younger friends and family. And this is what both Yudi (Saif Ali Khan) and Aanchal (Ileana D'Cruz) experience and live by.
Yes, it does sound cynical. What happens when two cynics who don't believe in "happily ever after" but are romantic and enthusiastic about relationships otherwise bump into each other? It's not they don't like relationships but both like retiring from them when it's at its peak, after the initial excitement, before the us become 'you' and 'me'. Maybe the excitement just lives on because both don't want it to end. Maybe they let it just be instead of tinkering around with it to make it "work".
In this sense, Happy Ending is different. It is a romcom that makes you reconsider the basics, like say "opposites attract". Though you might not think to deeply about it. And that is because it tries to do a lot many other things. For one, it wants to make you laugh, which it manages a few times; some times out loud too. It wants you to go "aawww" and care for the characters, root for them to be together, even if they aren't too sure about it. This, by definitions of romcom, is fine.
Then, Happy Ending tries to become more. It wants to point a finger at both the "Star-driven" Hindi film industry and it wants to nod a cynical smile at the parallel indie film "hatke" (different) movement in the industry. Some of these things work wonderfully, while others fall flat.
Some of the one-liners are brilliant and will stay with me for a long, long time and I would love to watch them again in the given context. Also, Govinda does his exaggerated bit as a "star" who runs the show pretty well. Ileana D'Cruz is charming as usual yet, her expressions always come across as functional and self-conscious, thus never too convincing. Kalki Koechlin seems to be on repeat mode from her appropriately annoying role in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
You can say the same about Saif Ali Khan from the dozen films where he's played the city-bred non-commital lady-charmer. Except, when he shows up as his character, Yudi's alter ego. His accent, his demeanour, his attitude and his sense of responsibility towards Yudi keep you in splits while being perceptive and introspective.
It is the times when the film self-references that it digs itself a hole. Films that are satirical of the film industry that they belong to cannot do the same things that they are being satirical about. If you are poking fun at films breaking into songs in a formulaic manner, you cannot yourself have songs as expected. Similarly, I have never been fond of films that remind you that you are watching a film. Happy ending does this by breaking the fourth wall every once in a while. Except for one time that Yudi's alter ego makes Yudi aware of the audience's existence, where it is done meaningfully, it is annoying.
Yet, you have to give points to Happy Ending for at least trying to be different, even if not whole-heartedly. There are a few points in the film where you catch yourself inadvertently thinking a little deeper about love and its place in our world today. For me, that by itself is an achievement. Sure, I might not need a film to get me thinking about love and relationships, but it feels good when one gets you to.
Think about it, if everything around you is changing, if nothing is permanent, if the only constant in life is change, can love be permanent? The romantic in me wants to believe that the answer to be, "yes, despite all odds yes." But, I'm willing to hear a more contemporary side of the story, if someone tells it to me right. Whether or not they have a happy ending.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...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.... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ...overall Happy ending is a good one time watch as long as you belong to the group of audience that the flim targets. It lacks the soul of cocktel, but is far more fannier. At the box office, the flim should take a slow start and then rely on word of mouth. The luck of universal appeal will tremendously rectrict its potential at the box office.... full review
Thumbs up, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Happy Ending makes fun of all the films which have made it our bucket list of classic love films and does so without a hint disparaging malice. Yogi and Yudi played by Saif and their well-placed complimentary, smart-alecky camaraderie, along with the poker faced humor of Govinda makes this film a peachy yet relevant and essentially a droll, chucklesome watch. There aren’t many ‘fur and feathers’ films which go down well with me, this is one of the sparse few which qualify as exception.... full review
Thumbs up, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...This is what the film as a whole does too (barring 15 odd minutes in the middle of the second half) when it keeps itself quick and snappy and concludes at the point where it is apt to declare a Happy Ending. The way this film has turned out, it indeed seems to be taking that route for audience entertainment as well.... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum? There is a good amount of dum in the first half of the film. The dum fades out, as the movie progresses towards its finale portions. Still, it's worth a watch, for the fun element associated with the film, along with foot tapping music and enjoyable performances by the lead actors. In short the movie is like a sassy start with non stop fun in the first half of the film, followed by glassy ending towards the end, which was a bit plain in comparison to the initial part of the film.... full review
Thumbs up, by Anish Mohanty , Planet Bollywood : ...I watched this film in a single screen theatre and witnessed many people making an exit halfway through the film. I remember Armaan ( Govinda’s character in the film) saying how he would like to build a fan base among the multiplex going audience who do not watch his films. Well, it’s impossible to please everyone.... full review
Thumbs up, by Srijana Mitra Das,, Times of India : ...Happy Ending has happy ingredients like sparkling dialogues, certain lines - "Tumhari reading pe kuch log so gaye - kuch mar bhi gaye the" - laugh-out-loud hilarious. Key performances stand out. Saif stylishly pulls off his charmer plus bummer inner voice, fat, hairy, spouting philosophy. Laughing at himself, Saif's terrific when he mumbles at Aanchal, "Mageoudwivme?"... full review
So-So, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, who helmed 2011’s fantastic Shor In The City, have a flair for low-key storytelling which is why they’re able to pull off this film despite its issues. It helps that though they are spoofing romcoms, their tone is not mocking. Besides, they acknowledge through the voice of Armaan, that lofty ideals notwithstanding, cliches do succeed. Happy Ending is sadly not as wacky as it could have been, but it’s genuinely funny and unobjectionable, which makes it easy to forgive the film its many shortcomings. I was conscious of all my grievances while watching this film, but I couldn’t help laughing non-stop either.... full review
So-So, by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice : ...Happy Ending does have some happy moments. The songs are catchy and well-shot. The dialogues are crisp and laced with wry humour. The best of them are given to Govinda and he delivers with a straight-faced fluency. The film isn’t really a ‘hatke’ rom-com as it’s cracked up to be. But Saif Ali Khan and Govinda make it watchable.... full review
So-So, by Rukmini Chopra, Bollywood Life : ...In an era of mindless 100 crore films showcasing exaggerated kicks, punches, unnecessary item numbers and impractical love stories, Happy Ending is refreshing, pleasant, different and worth a watch!... full review
So-So, by Bryan Durham, DNA : ...As Armaan Ji says, "300 rupaiye mein logon ko zindagi mat sikha!" Now, if that's not a master class on making big money in Bollywood, I don't know what is. If only Raj-DK had kept it as short,simple and precise, this would be recommended as a two-time watch. In its current avatar, one should be more than enough... full review
So-So, by Ravi Kandala, fullhyd.com : ...Happy Ending takes a bit of time to take off, but is fun once it does. If an urbane, subtle romantic comedy is your thing, then go see this one - it is non-taxing, and you will laugh out loud a few times. ... full review
So-So, by koel Purie, india today : ...And what's with Govinda being the scene stealer in two back to back films and not being given enough scenes to steal. His ability to laugh at himself full throttle meant I couldn't look at anyone else when he was on screen. More of him and the slobbish Yogi and I'd be recommending this film. In it's current state, go see it if you've seen all the hollywood offerings because it is meant purely for us multiplexers.... full review
So-So, by suarabh Dwivedi, india today : ...The title of the film does not justify its ending. It is too predictable and falls flat in the end. You can watch the film if witty comedies entertain you. Another reason to watch the film is Govinda, Ranveer and Kalki. All in all, it is an average film with not so happy ending. ... full review
So-So, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...Happy Ending works as a feel-good, frothy movie. But as a romantic comedy it rehashes the familiar ingredients with few new additions. In Armaan's words, it's barely 'hatke'.... full review
So-So, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...Govinda steals the show. He obviously relishes the role of the animated, absurd, irreverent ageing Bollywood hero—doubly zany since he is on the comeback trail himself. The scenes in which he appears are unremittingly funny—and possibly the reason Happy Ending was not entirely a waste of time.... full review
So-So, by Shubha Shetty Saha, MiD DAY : ...Saif, who undoubtedly has excellent comic timing, however seems largely handicapped because of lack of a plausible script. Yet, he makes the most of it as he plays the cool dude and his much wiser twin rather effortlessly. Kalki and Ileana are pretty good as well. But it’s obviously Govinda who overshadows everything and everyone whenever he appears on the scene (sadly not as many times as one wished he did). Govinda doubles you up with laughter as he shows us the shallow and self obsessed world of a megalomaniac Bollywood star.... full review
So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...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. ... full review
So-So, by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com : ...Happy Ending is recommended for anyone who is even slightly interested in romantic comedies. That however does not take help the fact that you would want more out of these two directors than just give you something 'regular'. For one, I would have liked if the film had more to do with the writer trying to figure his story rather than his love story... full review
So-So, by Aparna Mudi , Zee News : ...It is definitely a good watch, especially if you go with your loved one. It has clean humour, without any glaring sexual innuendos and would be a good film to watch with your family as well!... full review
Thumbs down, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...But those are flashes in the pan. They redeem an otherwise inconsistent film. A movie that opts for straight-laced romance over sex-charged comedy. And when you do that, you don’t end on a happy note. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...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! ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...It's easy to see why Happy Ending doesn't work after all. This is a film that wants to be many things all at once - a rom-com between a fading star and the next big thing, also a clever satire on Bollywood. It's overlong at 135 minutes, and on occasion dreadfully boring. Saif Ali Khan can still pull off goofy humor better than most others, but how many times does he have to play the same part before we can all agree that he's too old for this schtick?... full review
Thumbs down, by Nishi Tiwari, Rediff : ...But Happy Ending, at its core, is pretentious and doesn’t quite live up to expectations, save for Govinda, who lights up the screen with his mere presence and those legendary moves. In a film that every cast member is so desperately trying to fit in, he is the only one who actually manages to convince us that he truly belongs there and he knows it.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...It's disappointing that director duo Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru (Go Goa Gone) have come with as film that is pretentious and hollow, embracing the very cliches it makes fun of. After all, it's unfair when a pot calls the kettle black.... full review
Thumbs down, by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu : ...Kalki Koechlin and Ranvir are effective in their supporting parts and Govinda for the second week in a row proves his worth as a scene stealer. As Armaan, he really reinvents himself and hopefully the industry will take note of his talent all over again. With his impeccable comic timing he threatens to eat up everybody around him in one gulp. Alas! the writers haven’t given him enough scenes to display his histrionics.... full review
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