Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain – Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, Rajpal Yadav, Tannishta Chatterjee

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain Song Lyrics :

Abr E Karam 
Sun Zara 

Directors: Ravi Kumar
Producer: Seemanto Roy, Ravi Walia
Star Cast: Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, Rajpal Yadav, Tannishta Chatterjee
Release Date: 05 December 2014 (India)
Genre: Drama
Writers: Ravi Kuma, David Brooks
Rating : 3.3/5

Story: The film revisits the Bhopal gas tragedy of December 1984 that left around 3700 people dead and countless others, incapacitated for life.

Review: Ravi Kumar and his co-writer David Brooks(seen in the film as Shane), who worked on the script for nearly five years, manage to touch a raw nerve with this film. This grim tale that recounts the story of the biggest human tragedy caused because of the lethal methyl isocyanate(MIC) leak from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal is compelling.

At the centre of the story is a rickshaw-puller, Dilip (Rajpal) who becomes a Carbider to save his family from starving. Naive to the callousness of the Yankees, who equate India to a third world country and for whom Indian lives are cheap, Dilip is happy to wear their uniform, shake their hand and do a job he is not qualified for. His immediate concerns are getting his younger sister married and pampering his wife Leela (Tannishta). And the actual perils of living surrounding by 40-tonne barrels of the poisonous MIC doesn’t strike him or any of his impoverished factory co-workers till death comes calling.

However, Dilip’s close friend Motwani (Kal Penn), a journalist with Gandhian values, starts a scathing attack on the American corporation through his newspaper, Voice Of Bhopal. He warns the locals about sleeping with the enemy. Joining the nattily-dressed Motwani(white trousers, colourful shirts) in his conscientious endeavour is American lifestyle journalist Ava (Mischa Barton), who confronts the goras with her searing questions.

Told for a part in the Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich (2000) and Matt Damon’s Promised Land (2012) style, the film lacks gloss but it still works as an eye-opener. It also depicts how even back then India had morally corrupt politicians who barely spared a thought for the plight of the common man! Somethings don’t change. In spite of depicting a film based on true incidents, the film is not a documentary and manages to connect emotionally.


Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain is based on the Bhopal gas disaster that had occurred in India on December 2-3, 1984. 

The film shows events that led to the killing of nearly 3777 people when a poisonous gas leak happened right in the midst of civilisation. Poor farmers who were already suffering from a drought had to bear the brunt of yet another tragedy because some of them found work in this killer factory of the Union Carbide. A rickshaw-puller called Dilip(Rajpal Yadav) is the protagonist. Since he has to get his 17-year-old sister married, Dilip accepts a job in the Carbide factory and he realises his life is in danger when colleagues who are working around MIC(the lethal gas) start falling ill. Some of them get debilitating diseases. Dilip’s journalist friend Motwani(Kal Penn) warns him to be careful. But he doesn’t pay heed. On the night of his sister’s wedding, the gas leaks into the city and the locals are asked to flee. However many perish before they can leave their homes. What is meant to be a night of celebration for Dilip turns into his worst nightmare. Thirty years after the tragedy, Bhopal still shudders with the memory of this calamity that has wreaked their lives forever.

Posted from Times of India 

ZED PLUS – Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, KK Raina, Mona Singh


Fislan Hai 
Ishq Ishq
Maula Pal Mein Palat De Baazi  

Directors: Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi
Producer: Mukund Purohit, Mandira Kashyap
Star Cast: Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, KK Raina, Mona Singh
Release Date: 28 November 2014 (India)
Genre: Drama,Social
Writers: Ram Kumar Singh
Rating : 2/5


Story: An unsuspecting local from a Rajasthani small town is picked out by the Prime Minister for zed plus security. The power goes to his head and he develops far-reaching political ambitions.

Review: The film is set in a small town in Rajasthan, in a very rustic setting. Our main character Aslam (Hussain) is the village Simple Simon who by his own admission is a ‘puncture-wala’ and runs a small, home-grown business. He also has a problem with his neighbour, who he is shown to have a major row with early on in the film. The altercation turns violent however and the two are separated. What is not known to his dutiful and beautiful wife Hameeda (Mona Singh) is that he is having an affair with Saeeda (Ekavali Khanna), who he sneaks out to visit under cover of the night for some sexual healing rather than just polite conversation.

Aslam’s luck changes when he, as an important person at a nearby holy place, happens to be around when the Prime Minister of India happens to visit the holy place for blessings. The PM is shown not to speak English and he appears to need his assistant to do translation duties for him. Aslam tells him that he will be blessed if he gives up various vices of the flesh and appetite. The PM replies that he will only give up ladies’ fingers, as in, the vegetable. Nonetheless, the PM is grateful to Aslam and provides him with special security after Aslam tells him that he is troubled by certain neighbourhood elements. In time, Aslam gets used to his status and the power goes to his head. He is then persuaded into chasing political ambitions. How he copes with it comprises the rest of the film. The narrative, while apparently authentic is overly long, unfocused and takes too long to get to the point to depict its satirical content. The subject matter could have been interesting but it is mired in tedious, very boring, rural and regional cliches that audiences have already seen, so many times.

Summary : The setting for Zed Plus is a small town in Rajasthan. Set in this situation, the Prime Minister visits a Dargah to seek blessings. He is impressed by Aslam who helps at the said religious place. After seeking his blessings, he asks Aslam what he wants. Aslam replies that he is troubled and needs protection. After that, zed plus security is accorded to Aslam and his wife and he need to get used to that lifestyle. Over time, Aslam’s ambitions grow and he is coerced into having political ambitions. He then stands foe elections himself. However, he soon learns about the vagaries of politics and gets his feet on the ground. 

Posted from Times of India 

Life Mein Twist Hai – Sahil Akhter, Aditya Shrivastava, Sareh Far, Manish Uppal, Aryan R Jaiin, Mustakh Khan, Shelendra Singh, Arshi Survanshi, Vaibhavi Joshi, Michelle Shah, Heena Panchali, Marina Doye.

Life Mein Twist Hai  Lyrics :

Director: Dinesh Soni
Producer: Shyam Avtar , Umesh Kumar Sethiya, Jeetendar Shrivastav
Star Cast: Sahil Akhter, Aditya Shrivastava, Sareh Far, Manish Uppal, Aryan R Jaiin, Mustakh Khan, Shelendra Singh, Arshi Survanshi, Vaibhavi Joshi, Michelle Shah, Heena Panchali, Marina Doye.
Release Date: 12 Dec 2014
Rating : /5

Action Jackson – Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Yaami Gautam


Gangster Baby
Dhoom Dhaam  
Chichora Piya
Punjabi Mast 

Director: Prabhu Dheva
Producer: Gordhan Tanwani, Sunil A Lulla
Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Yaami Gautam, Manasvi Mamgai, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Rocky Verma
Release Date: 5 Dec 2014
Genre: Action-Comedy
Writers: A.C. Mughil, Prabhudheva, Shiraz Ahmed
Rating : 2.5/5
Story: A Don’s sister falls for his most trusted lieutenant. When he refuses to reciprocate, she vows to destroy him. Her lust and his scorn form the crux of this puerile potboiler.

Review: Welcome Vishy (Ajay), a self-styled Robin Hood, who picks up street fights with the local goons to earn himself some mega-bucks. He finds support from his chaat-eating sidekick Moosa (Kunaal Roy Kapur) who is more farcical than funny, part farce. Robin Hood’s life takes an amorous twist when he bumps into Khushi (Sonakshi), a ‘luckless’ media professional. If it is not corny enough to have the girl and the man’s names rhyming (Vishy and Khushi), things get completely illogical when the girl starts chasing the boy because she has spied on him semi-nude in her toilet break. This film writer’s imagination is warped because Khushi is actually convinced that the hero’s half-naked presence is responsible for her changing fortunes. Want to tear your hair out in frustration? Wait, there’s more to add to this convoluted screenplay.

Joining the confusion is one-glass-eyed don Xavier Fonseca (Anand Raj), who resides in Bangkok and deals in arms. His sexy sister Marina (Manasvi) falls in lust with her brother’s trusted associate AJ(can’t reveal his name, without giving away the suspense). Though Marina has the best car, clothes and cigarettes, she cannot canoodle with AJ because his heart lies with another pretty damsel Anusha (Yami). Since hell hath no fury than a Marina scorned, the plot reigns mayhem as it moves from Pune to New Zealand, Bangkok to Austria and finally, to Mumbai with the hero being chased. Corrupt cops and identical twins tumble out of cupboards adding to the confusion.

The action sequences have Tarantino’s Kill Bill influence. However, here the animation wipes jump out of nowhere almost startling you. Ajay romancing the sword in his bare-bodied avatar is exciting. He pulls off the comic and the Bazooka killing-machine acts with ease. Sonakshi shimmies well to Himesh Reshammiya’s hit ditties — Keeda and Chichora Piya with Ajay, who tries to do better than stomp. Manasvi shows her shapely body in a bootylicious gangster song, while Yami charms with her girl next-door act. If you’re not looking for a mentally stimulating fare, enjoy this ride that is basically meant for the filmi keedas.

In Action Jackson, Prabhudheva continues with his love for twins. Yes there are two Ajays – Jai and Vishy. Jai or AJ is the right hand man of a deadly don called Xavier Fonesca(Anand Raj) and Vishy is a small-time street fighter, a small-time crook in Mumbai.

Vishy gets to romance Sonakshi Sinha and eat pani-puri; while Jai gets to romance Yami and sing songs in Vienna. And he also has Manasvi Mamgai, the Don’s sister lusting for him.

When he refuses Manasvi’s advances, she slashes her wrists and then her brother, the mafioso vows to destroy AJ’s world, his wife(Yami). When his pregnant wife is hospitalised AJ needs to spend time with her. Around the same time he also realises that the Mumbai cops are hunting him down because they have ties with the mafioso in Bangkok. To buy himself time, he sends his twin Vishy and Vishy’s buddy Moosa to Thailand to deal with the one-eyed don and his crazy sister.

One twin is kept away till interval point. So initially the film is full of ridiculous situations with Ajay all over the place. From Pune to Mumbai, from Austria to Bangkok, he seems to be travelling at the pace of a meteor. When he is not singing songs, he is breaking bones without compunction.

There is the usual confusion of the girls romancing the wrong twin. But in the end, after a long drawn out clash and many songs, Jai gets back to his wife Anusha(Yami); Vishy gets back to Khushi(Sonakshi) and Marina(Manasvi) shaves her head claiming to be AJ’s widow. Unfortunately she dies in the fire that breaks out in the climax and peace returns forever. Even AJ’s baby comes out of the fire without a scratch. Wow!

Posted from Times of India 

Ungli – Sanjay Dutt, Emraan Hashmi, Kangna Ranaut, Angad Bedi, Randeep Hooda

UNGLI Songs Lyrics

Dance Basanti
Ungli Pe Nachale 

Director: Rensil Dsilva
Producer: Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar
Star Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Emraan Hashmi, Kangna Ranaut, Angad Bedi, Randeep Hooda, Neil Bhoopalam, Neha Dhupia, Shraddha Kapoor, Shiv Subramaniyam
Release Date: 28 Nov 2014
Genre: Drama
Writers: Rensil Dsilva
Rating : 3.5/5


A Good Thought – ‘Fingered’!

Story: Four friends turn into vigilantes to clean up corruption and crime in the country.

This story has its heart in the right place, mind all over the place, and finger on the wrong pulse. ‘Ungli’ is socially relevant, earnest in delivering a strong message, albeit, the weak execution doesn’t support the larger intent.

Abhay (Randeep) a crime journalist, Maya (Kangana) a medical intern, Goti (Neil) a computer hardware expert, and Kalim (Angad) a garage owner – are four buddies so enraged with our corrupt system that they show law-makers the middle finger and then take law into their own hands. Here’s the back story. Their buddy was beaten up by a powerful man’s son; the victim went into coma and justice was denied. From there team ‘Ungli’ is born.

The fearless foursome dressed in black face masks, hoods and headlights set out to punish and shame (they’re valiant, not violent) unscrupulous cops, rickshaw drivers, RTO officers and government babus. Television channels are sent recordings of their operations, and soon they become darlins’ of the aam junta and sansani khabar for the media. Their plans are simple and too smooth – therein lies the problem.

Enter ACP Kale (Dutt) who’s given the task of tracking down the cool criminals. Enter bindaas cop with a bad boy image, Nikhil (Emraan), who is hired by ACP to crack the case. At this point, an item number (by Shraddha Kapoor) also makes a forced entry. Soon, a fistful of predictable twists and turns also enter – which do nothing to turn around the story into anything out of the ordinary.

Rensil D’Silva’s plot is fast-paced, in spite of the many potholes it slips into. He strings the story like episodes, never allowing the drama to intensify. The outlaws have a motive, but their plans are way too improbable and flaky. There’s a fleeting romance thrown in too and attacks of laughable dialogue. The performances are average – Kangana looks too bored for revenge, Emraan is unenthused and under-utilized, salt ‘n’ pepper Dutt tries some heavy dialogue but leaves no impact. Randeep looks believable and delivers a fine act and Neha (playing his colleague and love interest) does her part well.


The film opens with an old man waiting for his pension file to be passed by a government official. He gets into a verbal spat with the officer who is dismissive and disrespectful towards him. Disturbed with the incident he gets a minor attack and is hospitalized. 

Maya (Kangana Ranaut), a medical intern at the hospital hears his story and swings into action. She calls up a member of her ‘Ungli’ team and says that she’s identified their first target. This sets the tone for the film. Abhay Kashyap (Randeep Hooda) television crime reporter, Goti (Neil Bhoopalam) a computer hardware specialist, Kalim (Angad Bedi) a garage owner and Maya are the ‘Ungli’ team – loved by the aam junta, but wanted by the police force. They are social crusaders who have taken the law in their hands (and shown the law-makers a middle finger) to fight the corruption in our country. 

After work-hours they turn into vigilantes to fix big problems with simple solutions. They kidnap the officials who harassed the senior citizen, then take them to a stadium and put them on with an acceleration bomb which will go off the minute they stop running. They record the event and send the tapes to various TV news channels. Funnily, the bombs strapped to them are only ‘laxmi’ bombs, which will give them a bomb scare instead of a real bomb blast. Soon, the fearless foursome makes ‘headlines’ on news channels and they’re popularly called the ‘Ungli Gang’! 

Police Commissioner (Raza Murad) gets pressurized by the politicians and chief minister to nab this criminal outfit. On the other hand, Teestha (Neha Dhupia) who works as a news reporter (in the same channel where Abhay works), is given the daunting task of uncovering the Ungli gang. Abhay is attracted to her, but she’s focused on the biggest story of her career. 

Ungli’s next target. Gaikwad, a politician who plasters the walls of the city with his life-size posters. And when a NGO speaks up, they are shunned by his goons. Ungli gang barges into the politician’s house (with ease), entering his room, injecting him with sedatives (remember Maya is a medical intern!) while we don’t hear a whimper from him. They paste Ungli posters all over his house and leave an Ungli tattoo on his back too – all this happens while his huge security force is dwindling their thumbs (really?!). 

The Police Commissioner is under tremendous pressure, he assigns the most honest and virtuous, ACP Kale (Sanjay Dutt) the task of cracking down the Ungli team. Meanwhile, Teestha is struggling to tap clues that will lead her to the pack of four. Goti advises Abhay that the only way to impress her is to tip her off on some information about the gang. Didn’t crime-reporter, the super-smart Abhay (with a high IQ) ever think of this himself??? 

Next target. A RTO official who blindly issues a driving license to anyone – doesn’t matter if you are underage or even blind – simply show him the moolah! The Ungli team straps the RTO official to the passenger seat and makes a blind man drive him around recklessly. Of course, this is a set-up, he’s not a blind, but it opens up the corrupt officer’s eyes to reality. 

As the Ungli gang’s popularity becomes unstoppable, ACP Kale decides he needs someone else on board. A cop who is razor sharp, witty and can think like a criminal. Nikhil (Emraan) his best cop-buddy’s (on died on duty) son, who is calm, cool but far from ambitious about his career in the police force. 

Nikhil adopts the Ungli gang’s style of punishing victims to attract their attention. He explodes mini-bombs on the road leading to a BMC officer’s house. The road was recently reconstructed with public money only to welcome his daughter’s baraat. Nikhil records the incident (just like the Ungli gang, even using their logo) and sends it to television channels. The public assumes that this is another one of their ‘good deeds’, but it raises suspicion and fear amongst the Ungli team. Nikhil also leaves a message (scribbled on the backdrop of his video) asking them to meet him at a certain time and place. 

After much convincing Nikhil joins their group and trains with them for their next targets. He learns about the gang’s real inspiration for turning into vigilantes. Ricky (Arunoday Singh) their gym instructor and Maya’s brother got beaten by Anshuman Dayal (a powerful police fixer’s spoilt son). Ricky ends up in a state of coma, witnesses turn hostile and the friends are left fighting for justice. Frustrated with the corrupt system the four buddies become the ‘Ungli’ gang. Nikhil is moved to tears with their heart-wrenching, and soon he becomes one of them. But few scenes later his cop conscience kicks in and he discloses information about them to his boss Kale. Of course, this lasts for only a few minutes. When Kale gets his hands on them, Nikhil quickly swings into action and saves his gang. 

Kale is utterly disappointed with Nikhil’s change of heart, he fires some heavy-duty dialogues at him – but it’s all in vain. Nikhil is exposed and the Ungli gang feels betrayed. And Kale is about to be bombed with more surprises. His boss tells him that the only way he can secure his career in the police force is by bribing the ‘fixer’ of all police officers (Dayal – played by Mahesh Manjrekar). Dayal parks and hoards all the excess money earned by cops and promises them a steady, solid career. Shocked and shaken, Kale he has nowhere to go – to set the system straight – but to the Ungli gang. Surprise!!! He forgives Nikhil, forgets all his righteousness and joins the gang that he calls ‘criminals’ (cool and convenient!)

Posted from Times of India 

Titoo MBA – Nishant Dahiya, Pragya Jaiswal, Abhishek Kumar

TITOO MBA Song Lyrics :

Director: Amit Vats
Producer: Rajan Batra, Mayank Patel
Star Cast: Nishant Dahiya, Pragya Jaiswal, Abhishek Kumar
Release Date: 21 Nov 2014
Genre: Romantic-Comedy
Writers: Pooja Ballutia, Amit Vats
Rating : 2/5


The movie opens with our male and female protagonists – Titoo and Gulshan (Dahiya and Jaiswal) – who are each sitting with their lawyer and discussing what we will find out, are their marital woes. Their respective stories are played out in a series of lengthy flashbacks. Titoo’s mom urges him to get a career and get married while his dad is supportive of whatever he does, as long as it is honest. So Titoo opens a liquor store, but the women of the mohalla complain about that. Next, he tries working in a lingerie store, but is slapped and sacked when he accidentally tries to cop a feel with one of the ladies while measuring her bra size. Similarly, other jobs come and go. Meanwhile, our heroine Gulshan is a hockey-loving tomboy who would rather display her skills with a hockey stick on the field rather than with a belan, rolling out warm rotis in a kitchen. But this tomboy is eventually tamed when she meets Titoo, whom she completely falls for.

But hang on, the MBA in the movie stands for ‘Married But Available’ ratherthan the degree and unbeknownst to her, Titoo makes his moolah privately,’entertaining’ lonely ladies at night. She hits the roof (and him as well) when she finds out about this. Does Titoo ultimately manage to mend his marriage?

What really keeps this movie trundling along are the surprisingly refreshing performances from the lead pair. Jaiswal in particular has screen presence and her act is promising at best. The earthy Punjabi humour also works (incidentally, just about every Punjabi cliche is flogged here, from suffixing almost everything with ‘ji’ to multiple mentions of aloo parathas), but the sexual innuendoes do not. And apart from that, there’s not really much else going for this one.

Titoo (Nishant) and Gulshan (Pragya) are the male and female leads of this comedy caper. Both titoo and Gulshan hail from modest backgrounds. Titoo, however, dreams big but doesn’t know quite how to connect the dots to get to his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. He wants to become a successful businessman but is also not averse to taking shortcuts. Gulshan has a day job teaching children PT in the local school. Much to her mother’s chagrin, she dresses up in tracks, shorts and T-shirts and is in no hurry to get married. Gulshan’s parents make her meet a series of suitors but each one fails. Until however, Titoo and her cross paths and they click as a couple. Their marriage is a happy one or so it seems. When one of Titoo’s childhood friends Raj comes rolling into town in a Mercedes while on a vacation as he lives in Canada, he is the neighbourhood’s envy. Titoo and he meet in the evening over drinks and his friend tells him that the best way to make a lot of good money quickly is by being a gigolo. As that is how he has made his money too.

So, after a bit of reluctance borne out of the whole moral angle about, for example, cheating on his wife, Titoo’s instincts take over and he gets into the spirit of things, so to speak. His wife is blissfully unaware about this and for Titoo, life is pretty good. However, there is a longtime friend and admirer of Gulshan’s who is devastated when she gets married to Titoo. He still has the hots for her and even goes to visit a local godman to find out how he can get her back. So obsessed is he with her that he has even saved the chewing gum that Gulshan had chewed and spat out years ago. It so happens that he gets to see Titoo meet one of his lady friends at night. He records it and shows it to Gulshan, who freaks out.

Titoo denies any wrongdoing with a lame excuse but his cover is blown out of the water when his in-laws also launch a ‘sting operation’ on him, posing as a client and catch him quite literally with his pants down. Man and wife separate and there is much heartache. Gulshan sheds buckets of tears and Titoo is distraught and wracked with guilt. However, there is a happily ever after when the contrite Titoo realizes his wrongdoings and Gulshan learns that he really and truly loves her.

Posted from Times of India 

Zid – Karanvir Sharma, Mannara, Mohan Kapoor

Director: Vivek Agnihotri
Producer: Anubhav Sinha
Star Cast: Karanvir Sharma, Mannara, Mohan Kapoor

Release Date: 28 Nov 2014 (India)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Action
Writers:Vivek Agnihotri, Rohit Malhotra
Rating : 1.6/5


Story: A crime reporter rents an outhouse in Goa in the middle of nowhere. The landlord’s daughter falls madly and obsessively in love with him. They get involved in a hit-and-run case which complicates this fanatical love story.

Review: ‘Zid’ is nothing like we have never seen before – it’s a story of how love, lust and obsession can drive someone to crime and insanity. Of course, there are the usual suspects – like a love triangle, a cocky detective, some lame witnesses, and stormy nights (every time crime unfolds). Praise the heavens! Ronnie (Karanvir) a crime reporter based in Goa is coping with memories of his ex-girlfriend. His over-zealous boss advises him to get ‘laid’ to get over the past, and says, “Your cabin is like your sex life.” Dull, dark and dusty that is.

Ronnie moves to an eerie outhouse in the back of the beyond to start afresh. The landlord’s daughter, Maya (Mannara) – overacting from the word go – warms up to Ronnie like she’s been waiting for him for the last few lives (haunting, alright!). She lives with her ailing father, has an alligator for a pet, and spends her day swinging from a tree. Watch out, her pet has a bigger role than her father (interesting, huh?).

Moving on, it gets weirder. She falls in love with Ronnie instantly and soon it leads to obsession. For him it’s casual flirting, for her it’s pure pyaar. They go on a date night, but what could have been a ‘happy ending’ turns into a tragic night. His car hits a girl on a bike and Ronnie is ridden by fear and guilt. His ex-girlfriend Priya (Sharddha) obviously makes a re-entry, driving Maya to extreme lunacy.

Enter, detective Moses, always wearing a wicked, know-it-all grin. More chaos ensues; logic slips off like satin lingerie. There’s ample kissing and some love-making too. Hold on, our ladies even pull off their tees (yeah: topless!) with ease. Yet, we fail to get seduced with a storyline thinner than our leading ladies’ sheer tops.

The performances are forgettable and flaws scream out loud. The climax tries to shock, but leaves you shaken and wondering – whose zid was this anyway? As the case comes to a painful close, a guy sitting next to me exasperatingly said, “It’s time for a standing ovation.” I rest my case.

Posted from Times of India 

Happy Ending – Saif Ali Khan, Ileana, Kalki Koechlin, Govinda


Haseena Tu Kameena Mein 
Khamma Ghani 
Mileya Mileya 
Jaise Mera Tu 
G Phaad Ke 
Paaji Tussi Such a Pussycat 

Directors: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru
Producer: Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan, Sunil A Lulla
Star Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Ileana, Kalki Koechlin, Govinda
Release Date: 21 November 2014 (India)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Writers: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K.
Rating : 3/5


 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. His married buddy Montu (Ranvir Shorey) is Yudi’s party partner while his inner voice is a chubby Yogi (Saif) warning him not to ring his ‘axe’. Suddenly, Yudi’s money runs out. His publishers switch to hot-shot novelist Aanchal (Ileana) who brushes off Yudi’s charms. Pushy Bollywood superstar Armaan (Govinda) demands Yudi write a DVD-inspired rom-com while dentist Vishakha (Kalki) pursues him obsessively. How does Yudi complete this tale?

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?”

The other scene-stealer is Govinda as Armaan-ji, a sharply written character, seeking tailor-made abs plus a story with “comedy, chumma-chaati and kick-aas”. Ranvir Shorey displays deadpan ease while Kalki’s uninhibited as sweetly suffocating Vishakha. Ileana’s breezy as Aanchal who isn’t seeking love – but loves the occasional romp.

However, the film is about 30 minutes too long. A rom-com should stay feather-light but multiple cars and stars stretch this one. The editing sometimes flags, making the plot feel like a string of sit-com situations, while the lead pair’s chemistry eventually wanes, the ending a tad tame.
Writer Yudi (Saif Ali Khan) wrote a hit book five and a half years ago but he’s still living life king-size in LA, enjoying fame and affairs, avoiding commitment, doing no work, partying with his miserably married friend Montu (Ranvir Shorey) or having conversations with his fat, bearded inner voice Yogi (also Saif). Suddenly, Yudi’s money runs out and his publishers dump him for hit romance novelist Aanchal (Ileana D’Cruz), visiting from Mumbai.

The only work Yudi now gets is from Bollywood single-screen superstar Armaan (Govinda) who insists he copies Hollywood movies and writes a multiplex-style rom-com. Meanwhile, Yudi’s dentist and once-girlfriend Vishakha (Kalki) is pursuing him obsessively, even loading videos of him singing in the shower on her laptop, forcing Yudi and Montu to break into her home when she’s away. On top of this, Yudi’s got severe Writer’s Block, stopping him from finishing any work.

Running away from it all, Yudi tries to charm Aanchal but she’s commitment-averse too. However, she gradually warms upto him, escorting him to Armaan’s party, trying to help Yudi write, even agreeing to take a road trip with him to her book reading in San Francisco. The duo has fun singing classic Bollywood numbers on the way until doziness overtakes them and their car skids. While they wait for the repair van, Yudi and Aanchal have a ball posing sexily on the highway in search of lifts.

Eventually reaching San Francisco, the couple’s forced to share a hotel room – and agreeing to keep it simple and commitment-free, they end up making love. Their relationship grows funnier – on Aanchal’s last night in LA, they argue over dinner, Yudi throws her phone into a vase while she douses him with water – but neither expresses anything more than a sense of light fun. It’s only when Yudi’s ex Divya (Priety Zinta in a cameo), having argued with her husband and visiting Yudi with her kids, tells him he loves Aanchal that he admits it to himself.

Yudi then races Aanchal’s taxi to the airport in a hilarious scene and tells her his feelings – but she says, thanks, let’s just be friends. As she leaves, Yudi’s sunk in depression – and then starts to write. Along the way, Vishakha gets engaged to a panic-struck Yudi by falsely claiming she’s pregnant – but then breaks it up, saying she doesn’t want him to marry her out of pity.

Armaan, who’s meanwhile got himself cosmetic surgery and six-pack abs in LA, is impressed with the ‘kick-ass’ script Yudi presents him. However, for the script’s ending, Yudi goes to Mumbai and sees Aanchal where he tells her they can take it one day at a time – and perhaps live their whole lives together like that. Aanchal smiles and the Happy Ending begins.
Posted from Times of India