Govinda giving us a ‘Happy Ending’

Published: November 30, 2014

The movie is the journey of how Yudi, as a writer and a person, learns how to end some things and start new things. PHOTO: HAPPY ENDING FACEBOOK PAGE

The movie is the journey of how Yudi, as a writer and a person, learns how to end some things and start new things. PHOTO: HAPPY ENDING FACEBOOK PAGE The movie is the journey of how Yudi, as a writer and a person, learns how to end some things and start new things. PHOTO: HAPPY ENDING FACEBOOK PAGE

Saif Ali Khan’s re-entry was a success back in the early 2000s. The hero who had fallen flat in the 90s was seen in a completely new light in movies like Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil MeinDil Chahta HaiHum TumSalam NamasteKal Ho Na HoRace and Love Aaj Kal etcetera. And in movies like Omkara and the likes, he overshadowed anyone else who may have been in the film with him. 

Unfortunately, nowadays I feel Saif Ali Khan’s performance is a bleak reminder of the hero he was in the 90s – none of the movies he is doing have any nostalgic value or cinematic value nor have they brought in good business; examples being Humshakals and Bullet Raja.

On the contrary, Govinda, who was seen in a negative role in Kill Dil recently, has re-launched himself with a bang, with critics applauding his work. This time, in the movie Happy Ending, Govinda is all set to play for the front-row audience. After all, he’s the king of comedy. Let’s see if they both, Govinda and Saif, got their share of brownies this time!

Happy Ending is based on the life of a writer called Yudi (Saif Ali Khan), who published his last book five and a half years ago which turned out to be a major hit. Unfortunately, after that, he couldn’t publish any book and making ends meet became a task. His stardom, as a writer, starts to fade away and then enters a new romantic author in the limelight of the literary world called Aanchal (Ileana D’Cruz). Aanchal gets everything that Yudi once had as an upcoming writer.

Soon after, Armaan (Govinda) comes into Yudi’s life. Armaan is the superstar of Bollywood and wants Yudi to write a fresh script (copy of multiple Hollywood blockbusters) for him. Having no other choice, Yudi accepts his offer and starts to alter his lifestyle and terms. The rest of the movie is the journey of how Yudi, as a writer and a person, learns how to end some things and start new things.

Performances wise, Saif stands tall and delivers a dependable performance. One can easily recall the comfort he had in the movies Cocktail and Love Aaj Kal.

Govinda, as always, is hilarious and owns every scene he is featured in.

Nachcho Saaray G Phaar Kay is a song of the film that provided the perfect entertainment to the audience and credit for that goes solely to Govinda. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that if given a good script and the opportunity of outdoing himself, Govinda can still be in the race of the most entertaining actors in the industry. Kalki Koechlin is a revelation, she looks adorable, highly irritating and fits her role perfectly. Ileana is okay too; in fact, she is improving as an actress and is able to handle serious roles quite well.

Ranvir Shorey, who plays Saif’s best friend, delivered some good performance. Some of his scenes are truly amazing, especially, (spoiler alert) the scene where his wife tells him that she’s pregnant. There are some surprise packages in the movie like appearances by Kareena Kapoor and Preity Zinta. Preity has an extended role and she looks good but the fact that she is ageing is pretty obvious.

The dialogues are fresh, some of which require reading between the lines, but they go along with the mood of the movie. Content wise, Happy Ending will make you feel ‘happy’ at the ‘end’ of the movie. It’s an entertaining romantic comedy with a few hummable songs.

I would rate it a 3.5 out of five on the basis of decent performances, a good script, nice music and lightness of the theme.

And no, it’s not based on the American TV show, Californication, which most people think it is.

Shafiq Ul Hasan

Shafiq Ul Hasan

The author is an avid movie lover and reviews films and dramas regularly. He is a professional digital inbound marketer. He has worked with a silicon valley-based social network as a content analyst. He blogs at and tweets as @shafiqulhasan81 (

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  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    I was not much impressed. Perhaps I was expecting more of an “oomph” performance but anyway, it was not that good for me. I would rate it more of a 2 or 2 and a quarter. I like your reviews of Indian movies, but here I think you have given it too much credit.Recommend

  • Marty

    Jeez the title is so double meaningRecommend

  • Mohammad

    Entirely opposite what BBC wrote about Happy Ending! that Saif should move on and get out of these roles which he is repeating since Dil Chahta Hai.Recommend

  • Fighter Man

    Promote your Industry, Promote your Culture, Promote your Country. Be Pakistani and Proud of being Pakistani.Recommend

  • Asim

    Check out the reviews first then give ur 3.5. Movie is below average dude!Recommend

  • Sane

    No movies from any of the enemy country, specially India.Recommend

  • Hmm…

    What’s with you for the isi or something ? Our govt.s are enemies ,not the people. How can you hate 1.2 billion people ?
    I’ve met the most delightful,friendly & warm Pakistanis,when I’ve traveled in Europe,in trains,museums,restaurants etc.- so I can safely say that all Pakistanis are not like you,who would refer to me as ‘enemy’.Recommend