Happy Ending (2014) Hindi Movie Review | 29 Critic Reviews | Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D'Cruz, Govinda

cast:

Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D'Cruz, Kalki Koechlin, Govinda, Ranvir Shorey

direction:

Happy Ending (2014) Hindi Movie PosterRaj Nidimoru, Krishna DK

story:

Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK

screenplay:

Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK

dialogue:

cinematography:

Chase Bowman

music:

Sachin-Jigar

produced by:

Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan, Sunil Lulla

language:

Hindi

Weird Aggregate Rating Happy Ending 5.1/10genre:

Comedy, Drama

release date:

21-November-2014
run time:
155 Minutes
censor certification:
U/A

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Reviews- (Ratings out of 10)
  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-6
In the years gone by, Bollywood has been a witness to many changing trends (read 'genres'). Amongst all the genres that we have experienced so far, what reign supreme and are considered to be the most privileged genres are romance, action and comedy. This week's release is the

  •  Times Of India -Srijana Mitra Das Rating-7
Happy Ending stylishly remixes Saif Ali Khan's trademark avatar as a brat who won't grow up. Saif plays Yudi, author in LA, high on sex and success. Yudi avoids new work and commitment - which his ex (Preity Zinta in cameo, channeling the pair's Salaam Namaste chemistry) underlines.

  •  Indian Express -Shubhra Gupta Rating-3
A writer with a block is as much a cliche as the guy with commitment issues. ‘Happy Ending’ piles up many more as it goes along, making the film a series of been-here, seen-this moments, and a wasted opportunity. Yudi (Saif Ali Khan) is a, yes, writer with a block, who is, yes, commitment phobic.

  •  CNN IBN -Rajeev Masand Rating-4
Happy Ending, directed by Go Goa Gone's Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, is a neatly packaged piece of fluff pretending to be smarter than it actually is. This is cotton candy trying to pass off as caviar. A predictable romantic comedy disguised as a cheeky comment on the predictable

  •  Hindustan Times -Anupama Chopra Rating-4
Yudi Jaitley, the hero of Happy Ending, is described by one of his many ex-girlfriends as ‘a thoughtful jerk’. Played by Saif Ali Khan, Yudi is a commitment-phobic philanderer who simply can’t bring himself to say ‘I love you’. When a desperate girlfriend insists that he might have layers

  •  Mid Day -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-5
Imagine this scene. Someone's steps on a banana peel and slips and falls. His friend is laughing so hard at this mishap that he slips and falls too. Funny? Not really. 'Happy Ending' ends up in a situation somewhat like that. It is sure disappointing that a film which gives you hopes

  •  India Today -Rohit Khilnani Rating-5
Director duo Raj and DK who gave us the critically acclaimed film Shor in the City (2011) and the weird zombie movie Go Goa Gone (2013) now try something different, a conventional romantic comedy. Happy Ending is the story of Yudi (Saif Ali Khan) who has written just one book

  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-5
It is never a particularly good idea to marry a Happy Ending to a rash of loose ends, but the result that the director duo of Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK extract from this quirky and risky exercise is none-too-unhappy. From last year's zom-com Go Goa Gone to this crazy

  •  ABP News -Mayank Shekhar Rating-6
This film is hugely derived from American pop-culture, it is also set in Los Angeles, albeit with an all-Indian star cast. In that sense it’s like one of those “NRI movies” that we used to watch every other weekend until the late 2000s— okay, maybe not. The leading lady here (Ileana)

  •  Rediff -Nishi Tiwari Rating-4
It’s the season of many a crash and burn at the movies. A week after the colossal disappointment that was Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil, director duo Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru’s Happy Ending -- another eagerly awaited film of the year -- hits the marquee this Friday. It is slightly difficult
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  •  Moviez Adda -Divya Solgama Rating-7
Saif Ali Khan started his film career with some odd films and it took him quite some time to taste the sweetness of success, when he started doing second lead roles. This fame and popularity established him in the slot of second hero image for a long time. It was 'Hum Tum' where he was loved

  •  Bollywood Life -Rukmini Chopra Rating-6
When I saw the trailer of Happy Ending, my reaction was, “Ah, boy meets girl, the two fall in love. Same old, same old.” After having watched the film, I realise that the point of the same was exactly that, to basically reinforce the concept of romantic comedies. The way the makers

  •  Daily Bhaskar Rating-4
There is a scene in Happy Ending where Aanchal aka Ileana D’Cruz bores a group of people with the reading session of her book. The audience has been shown yawning, sleeping and playing mobile games (I am sure Candy Crush). The situation in the hall was not much different

  •  Hindustan Times -Rohit Vats Rating-5
“Aane wala hai gaane ka hook… Nacho saare G faad ke.” This is how the most popular song of the film begins and its placement in the film is just before the first twist of the story. It’s bold in lyrics and carries a sentiment that Happy Ending could be a different film than usual ‘masala’

  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-7
I had begun to believe that romantic comedies cannot be made with a difference. And I am also right but they can still be made pretty darn good. There is nothing unusual in the film’s story. You can almost predict things and therein lies the fun because Raj and DK too are

  •  Mumbai Mirror -Rahul Desai Rating-6
A profound moment in Spike Jonze's Her has Joaquin Phoenix wondering aloud, "Sometimes I think I've felt everything I'm ever gonna feel. From here on, I'm not gonna feel anything new—just lesser versions of what I've already felt." This line echoes my sentiments about urban romantic

  •  DNA -Bryan Durham Rating-6
"Young-at-heart" Yudi (Khan) spends the first 10 minutes of the film explaining his fundas on love, getting laid, being laid-back and being a break-up artist. When we first meet him, we imagine the years (he says five-and-a half, they say six) haven't been kind and neither have his excesses.

  •  Book My Show -Jaanam Dewan Rating-6
Happy Ending is a realistic yet clichéd romantic comedy, or as they call it in the movie: a ‘Romedy’. It’s safe to say that Saif Ali Khan intends to play the same role throughout his career – a womanizer who eventually meets the right girl and after a fair share of complications, they end up together.

  •  Now Running -Noyon Jyoti Parasara Rating-5
I was watching an interview with Rajkumar Hirani where he mentions that in 100 years of cinema we have probably said everything that we can on love. You need not be Einstein to agree with this master of a director. And that's what makes romantic comedies so much harder.

  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-4
Here's the thing. Everyone loves a good spoof, and our industry's unchanging ways could use a good-natured spanking in the form of a biting satire. It's great to be irreverent and poke fun at cliches, but not if you're going to cop-out and give us the same worn-out stuff!

  •  Deccan Chronicle -Sushmita Murthy Rating-6
Self-deprecating humour, charming as it may be, is a rarity in Hindi films and ‘Happy Ending’ is one such film. It takes a jibe at the ‘formula’ that most box office hits follow, even while it panders to it – albeit smartly. The story revolves around a Casanova and one-hit-wonder writer Yudi

  •  Yahoo Movies -Rummana Ahmed Rating-4
Why would you call the film a spoof (the filmmakers went hoarse telling us that ‘Happy Ending’ is a spoof on romantic comedies) if it is going to follow every predictable turn and twist of a typical Bollywood rom-com, the very format you are attempting to parody? And that’s a problem

  •  Masala.com -Lokesh Dharmani Rating-5
Happy Ending starts well. The humour is subtle, the lines are smart and the characters are interesting. Yudi (Saif) is a writer who (never writes) has taken money from agents/publishers with the promise of writing another bestseller but has been dodging it for five years and more.

  •  Aaj Tak -Saurabh Dwivedi Rating-5
Saif Ali Khan plays Yudi Jaitley, an author, who struck gold with his debut novel and is still living off its royalities. But things don't remain rosy for this commitment phobic author. He soon gets off the ladder of success when Aanchal Reddy (Ileana D'Cruz), another author takes

  •  India Today -Suhani Singh Rating-5
Directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK aka Raj & DK have a knack for urban comedies. Their last film, Go Goa Gone, saw zombies invade a rave party in Goa which resulted in blood-soaked violence and laughs. The latest is a comedy about romantic comedies aka romcoms or 'romedy'

  •  Filmi Beat -Priyanka Prasad Rating-5
Every genuine and real life story in this world ends in two different ways, one happy and one sad. Being the optimistic kind, we always hope and wish for a happy ending, and this concept is what film industry feeds on, most of our masala Bollywood entertainers pretty much always

  •  Glamsham -Martin D'Souza Rating-2
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.

  •  Zee News -Aparna Mudi Rating-6
The movie starts with mocking the clichés of Bollywood romance, with the young urban commitment-phobic guy, highly unlikely to fall in love! And yet 'Happy Ending' is what all romantic comedies turn out to be – feel good! Saif Ali Khan plays Yudi Jaitley, a young writer who

  •  Deccan Herald -Angel Rani Rating-4
He charms every girl he meets. He beds most of them. And he ditches all of them. Yes, he is commitment phobic. And yes, Saif Ali Khan is playing the dude-in-denial for the zillionth time. So we have Kareena Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Kalki Koechlin and a dozen more women being

Ratings Breakdown-

Rating Scale - Out of 10
Weird Aggregate Rating(WAR) - 5.1/10 (29 reviews)
Male Critics - 5.1 (15)
Female Critics - 5.0 (14)
Highest Rating - 7.0 (3)
Least Rating - 2.0 (1)
Most Given Rating - 5.0 (9)
Yes - 38%
No - 31%
Neutral - 31%

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5.1/10 rating from
Reviews: 29.