Rating: 3 stars
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the director duo, Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru, are to Saif Ali Khan what Rohit Shetty is to Ajay Devgn. While praising the desi Coen Bros, Saif had mentioned that he likes DK and Nidimoru’s stylish treatment of screenplay, dialogue and camerawork, which is distinctly different and something that he completely relates to. And that was clearly evident in Go Goa Gone, India’s first zombie-buster.
Similarly, what works for Happy Ending is DK and Nidimoru putting Saif in his comfort zone and what he can easily pull off – a well-crafted rom-com with great dosage of urban humour. Some of it meta.
Happy Ending features an interesting bunch of funny characters. Armaan (Govinda), a fading movie star goes to Hollywood to get a “Bollywood script written in Hollywood style” hoping that it would help him become a multiplex star rather than just being a single screen hero. He meets Hollywood writer Yudi (Saif Ali Khan), a popular author, who has several unfinished books lying at his place – unfinished because he couldn’t get a ‘happy ending’ to them.
Jobless Yudi, who is against the idea of writing romantic comedies, unwillingly takes the onus of writing a romedy for Armaan and is torn between finding inspiration and love, Aanchal (Ileana D’ Cruz), fellow author. She helps Yudi with the scripting of the romedy for Armaan. Kalki Koechlin essays the role of the America-returned Bisakha, who always dream of marrying Yudi, who, in turn, is at the crossroads of finding his Happy Ending in both love and work.
What works perfectly well for Happy Ending, besides brilliant performances, are the sassy dialogue and screenplay by DK and Nidimoru. Mind you, not all talented story and dialogue writers can be good directors. Take Sajid Farhad, who delivered six successful films in a row as dialogue writers but failed when they tried their hands at direction with Entertainment (Akshay Kumar and Tamannaah). DK and Nidimoru, in that sense, know their strengths and weaknesses as they let the story of Happy Ending flow smoothly and refuse to include any forced humour for the sake of it. They have well-utilised a powerhouse like Govinda and this film certainly gives us our beloved Chi Chi at his funniest.
There’s a reason why Govinda is called Entertainer No 1. Whether it’s flipping his sunglasses or shoving Hollywood DVDs into the hands of his new scriptwriter Yudi, or paying for instant six-pack abs, Chi Chi just nailed it. Oh, by the way, G Phaadke is kickass.
While Govinda enthralls the audience by delivering funny dialogue with a deadpan face, Saif creates humour with his usual quirkiness, his major USP as an actor. It’s a tailor-made role for Saif. He looks uber cool and is a delight to watch. A special mention to Yudi’s BFF, Monty (Ranvir Shorey), who packs in a punch with his brilliant comic timing and hilarious dialogue. Also, special appearances by Kareena Kapoor Khan and Preity Zinta add the usual ‘glamour’ value. Their presence is not unjustified though. Shot in locations like Ann Arbor, Michigan, the film can be a visual treat to travel junkies.
For all those who have been craving an enjoyable rom-com, Happy Ending should be your destination this weekend. Have a Happy Weekend.