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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Happy Ending

Saif Ali Khan is getting a tad predictable these days.  Over the past 4 years, he is trying to carve a niche for himself as the leading hero for Romantic Comedies. Not unfortunately but not excitingly either it doesn’t seem to be putting forth anything different for audiences.

A standard story of boy meets girl.  Boy is into casual relationships and not looking to settle down in any manner.  Girl also seems to be indifferent about boy.  Boy pursues girl purely as friends slowly moving into a status of friends with benefits.  Boy and girl have a gala time till they have to go separate ways.  Boy realizes mistake and goes back to girl giving a nice Happy Ending.

The difference between Love Aaj Kal, Cocktail and Happy Ending moves across the globe from Australia to London and now to The City of Angels (LA for those who are unaware of the sobriquet).  Yudi Jaitley (Saif Ali Khan) is a hit author from a few years back (maybe half a decade or so).  He is a casanova who hits a road block the minute the girl says those dreaded three words.

Yudi is your average ordinary everyday one hit wonder.  He hasn’t completed a single book after his first hit and has lost not just ground but also most of his savings.  His agent Gary (Rahul Nath) has moved on to greener pastures in the form of Aanchal Reddy (Ileana D’Cruz) a romance writer.  Aanchal is now creating waves thanks to effective marketing (anyone can become a writer these days apparently).

Yudi of course is livid but since his brains are below his waist, he decides to try and work his charm.  Aanchal resists for a while in an attempt to keep herself humoured but eventually for no apparent reason succumbs.  And just like that her opinion about our hero changes from yesteryear’s loser to not a bad guy.

Somewhere along the way, our hero meets another hero called Armaan (Govinda).  Armaan wants to use Yudi as a script writer for his upcoming blockbuster that is a goulash of Hollywood RomComs.  The idea was of course to get some Com into the RomCom but it achieves only a little bit.

Happy Ending is an average RomCom that will get about 5 on 10 from my side.  The script doesn’t pay much attention to continuity or consistency.  The dialogue is casual with some witty one liners thrown in as garnish.  The performances are a tad above average and the music is decent.  You can wait till it airs on TV which should be sometime soon I am sure.

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