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IN your mind, were you aiming for a spoof in Happy Ending? We won’t call that a spoof per se, but yes, the idea was that the movie doesn’t take itself seriously. This is the reason why the film is neither a spoof nor a drama. There is a bit of satirical humour also, like the kind where Govinda goes on to get a six-pack. It is little things like these that we worked on for Happy Ending.
How honest is Happy Ending to its genre? After all, it is making a statement on the clichés related to rom-coms and then presenting them back to the audience.
The idea was simple – do not present the film as a typical comedy. If you notice, the characters are very grounded and real. In principle, this is a light and frothy film which doesn’t take the dramatic route. It is not a love story either. So, it is not a “romedy” that Armaanji (Govinda) wants from Saif. We haven’t put in anything heavy.
The Director of Photography, Costume Designer and Production Designer of Happy Ending talk about the details that went in making the rom-com.
Mahesh Limaye, Director of Photography
Why were so many DOPs on the film?
The film was shot in two different schedules. I was suppose to do the entire film but the schedule clashed with my film, Yellow (Marathi). They shot one schedule each in Los Angeles and Detroit (USA) over six-eight months. The remaining portions were shot in India which is when I joined the crew. One song was shot by Sanjay F Gupta and Ajit Bhatt also shot some portions. I had to stitch everybody’s work into a seamless film and also did the DI (digital intermediate) which lasted for two months.
What brief had the directors given in terms of the visual appeal of the film?
By the time I got on to the project 60-70 per cent of it was done. When I saw some of the stuff shot abroad I realized the look was set. When you see films shot in the US you see a mix of cold and warm tones. The earlier DOPs shot a lot of it in the bright sunlight of Los Angeles. I found it quite warm and nice. So I wanted to carry that in the portions shot in Mumbai and give a warmer tone during the DI process. So there were some portions that had to be worked upon to match the tone of the film. Also being a romedy (romance and comedy) the warm tone suited the script.
They have gone beyond standard conventions and proved that humor can be witty and that following your heart isn’t such a bad thing after all. After winning over audiences with India’s first zom-com (zombie comedy), Go Goa Gone, directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. (Raj & DK) are back with an unique take on rom-coms.
Raj, one half of this brilliant duo, gives us an insight into the making of Happy Ending and what differentiates this film from the regular lot.
How did Happy Ending happen?
We were doing Go Goa Gone with Saif and I think our sense of humor and sensibilities were something that he was very impressed with and could connect with as well. And we said it would be great to do a full feature and that too ASAP. We happened to tell him about the concept of Happy Ending and he was totally in for it. Though we had other plans after Go Goa Gone, it’s always great to have a very enthusiastic and passionate actor who is so involved in a project. The whole project becomes more personal. So that way we pretty much started with the pre-production of Happy Ending even before Go Goa Gone had released.
Saif Ali Khan is known to share his creative inputs for films of his, especially the ones which are produced by him as well. Now he has taken a step ahead for his recently released film Happy Ending. For one of the comic scenes in his comedy about rom- coms, he has also called the shots as a director. “ This is the scene where Saif’s luxury car is towed away on the highway after an accident. The driver is played by DK of director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK. Since he was behind the wheels, someone had to come behind the camera and make sure that the scene was canned right. This is where Saif volunteered to do the needful,” a source close to the film says.
Interestingly, the scene was first shot with a foreign actor. However, Saif was not happy with the final results and felt that an Indian driver on a coastal highway in USA would add on some fun into the proceedings, especially due to its quirky set up. “ He literally coaxed me into acting out the scene,” DK says, who is not new to the world of acting as he has faced the camera for a cameo in his own Go Goa Gone as well.
“ It is a funny scene though and when Saif promised that he would direct me well, I was game for the scene,” DK adds.
While the results do bring on a chuckle, considering the manner in which the scene has been set by Saif and enacted by DK, one wonders if a fullfledged film by Saif in the capacity of a director is not too far away. Now that’s something we would love for sure!
Happy Ending has released and found some extreme views coming its way. Since the films plays with the cliches, it eventually finds the same route which is ‘time and again successful’, just as the airport chase sequence which – for reasons unknown – never fails (as exclaimed by one of the characters in the film).
While reports continue to trickle in, a couple of points that are most prominent are the ones centered on the film spoofing Bollywood and then following the romcom formula while trying to beat it for a good part of the narrative.
Directors Raj and DK talk.
In your mind, were you designing a spoof in Happy Ending?
We won’t call that a spoof per se but yes, the idea was that the movie doesn’t take itself seriously. This is the reason why the film is neither a spoof nor a drama. There is a bit of satirical humor also, like the kind where Govinda goes on to get a six pack. It is little things like these that we worked on for Happy Ending.