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Happy Days
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7.0
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NA
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Most memories feel good because they are memories - time adds gloss to the past. The proof of that would be the percentage of people who are happy with their present. Including college students.

Happy Days is then, as its director confessed (though he might not use that specific word), a romanticised version of college life.

Will you like it?

Let's split that question into smaller, simpler questions. Did you make great friends in college? Did you win competitions in front of cheering crowds? Did you get to do important organizational stuff? Did you crack acads? Did you have girls with crushes on you? Did you land the one you wanted to? Did she stick to you?

If you can answer yes to even one of those questions, you are usually in a lucky minority. And you will most probably like Happy Days. It's a movie featuring and glorifying a bunch of kids for whom most answers to the questions above are yes.

And if you cannot answer yes to even one of those questions, well, hopefully you've accepted who you are. And remember, this is just a movie. Real world college truths for the majority are years of unrequited love and consequent self-esteem issues (the math: CBIT has about 15 girls for every 100 boys, with about, what, 5 really attractive ones each year, and a few hundred boys spanning all batches with crushes on them but doomed to watch in silent dignity as one smart guy gets lucky), average exam scores, stage fear, and lack of any special skills to excel in any extra-curricular activity.

Yes, they're all just like you and me. Let no movie convince you otherwise.

Then sit back and enjoy Happy Days with all the credulity you would bring to, oh, Spiderman.

For, it is a well-made film. While perhaps not in the league of an Anand or a Godavari, it is well-written and has good characterizations - so even if it starts out looking like a film made to be put up on YouTube, and with plenty of college movie clich├ęs, it slowly gets into its own, weaving interesting tales around its principal characters.

Happy Days takes you through the college days of 3 male and 3 female engineering students of CBIT, focusing mostly on crushes, courtships, fights over girls, romances and heartbreaks. It brings its slices of reality into college romance - the absolute fearlessness with which 17-year-old unscarred youngsters plunge into love, the unexpectedly incredible pain of break-ups, life in denial... Particularly acute is a scene where Tyson (Raahul) talks of the dreadful pain of imagining a loved one happily married to someone else, and kissing and making out with him.

For something that hits young people with more impact and devastating consequences than any known ailment, it's surprising how little society and the educational system do to equip people to anticipate and handle issues of love. Everyone has to find out the hard way. When a 20-year-old of Tyson's maturity and temperament has to sit and cry - and this happens outside the movies too - it's a failure of all people who know it can happen.

Happy Days is still no treatise on the dynamite called college romance, but it shows a little more depth, without giving commentary. Also, this script is not the best Kammula has produced. There are places where the behaviour of characters does not appear logical. Then, the film feels abridged considering that it spans 4 years - it seems to focus on some specific chunks in the years rather than follow them seamlessly, jumping from chunk to chunk. So it doesn't quite feel at the end like what you thought it would be when you entered the theater.

But that is looking for warts in a mostly fine effort. The performances cannot be faulted either, especially considering these are all tyros. Raahul as Tyson and Nikhil Siddhartha as Rajesh make those characters worth remembering. Kammula's lucky mascot Kamalinee Mukherjee makes a guest appearance.

Happy Days is also a free ad for CBIT, if it needed one - the brand equity certainly goes up. Kammula however stops short of adulation of his alma mater - indeed, that can backfire with all the other people he needs to watch the movie.

Happy Days is enjoyable for those with happy memories of college. If you have too many things you'd want to change about yourself if you had a chance to get back to college, perhaps you should stay away - this is a movie mostly about the successful ones (okay, Tyson is still a topper and a whiz, and Rajesh knows to go after what he wants and can talk up a storm).

For many current students who will watch this, that is a possibility that they will want to be different from tomorrow to look cool. Usually a bad idea. Again, who's gonna tell them?
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  • Cast
    Varun Sandesh, Raahul, Nikhil Siddhartha, Tamanna, Gayatri Rao, Sonia, Vamsee Krishna, Monali Chowdhary, Kamalinee Mukherjee
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    Mickey J Meyer
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    Sekhar Kammula
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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SSSS on 30th Apr 2016, 9:41pm | Permalink
I LOVE IN THIS MOVIE
Sim . on 13th Jan 2008, 11:25pm | Permalink
gr8 review !!!

now dis is why fullhyderabad stands out
"For many current students who will watch this, that is a possibility that they will want to be different from tomorrow to look cool. Usually a bad idea. Again, who's gonna tell them?" --- awesome
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6
Janane Aslesha.V on 1st Jan 2008, 5:22pm | Permalink
Superb movie!! The teens learn so much from this about college life!!
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2
Aditya C on 31st Dec 2007, 1:44pm | Permalink
very refreshing movie seen after a long long time. brings back the fond memories of my college life.
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10
Sri on 19th Dec 2007, 5:20pm | Permalink
movie is cool remembering happy moments again:)
RATING
8
Anush Deekonda on 24th Nov 2007, 3:51pm | Permalink
i dont care whether or not this movie epitomizes college life.
i am just glad that i have seen a perfectly enjoyable movie in a long, long time.
haven't seen such a good performance in acting either, and that too not just from the actors in the lead roles.
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10
Assole on 19th Nov 2007, 2:53pm | Permalink
kickass
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8
Vaibhav Devarakonda on 17th Nov 2007, 6:40pm | Permalink
its a good film
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10
Dr. No on 16th Nov 2007, 12:20pm | Permalink
THIS IS NOT HOW COLLEGE LIFE GOES and I am sure every person who did his engineering (be it from CBIT or any other college) knows this. Alright we can still assume that this is the story of eight students who eventually turned into four couples in a college and their friendship was just a coincidence. But I was shocked to see shekhar kammula repeating in every interview that it is a tribute to his college days and his memories. Was his college life filled with just this??..Just love and related problems from day 1 to the last day??..puhleez i dont think he really meant that. Was expecting something more sensible and logical from a person who did his engineering and Masters also. Sadly, it was just a "love you,love me" kinda movie in a college, nothing else.
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6
God on 15th Nov 2007, 12:05pm | Permalink
The rating is for REVIEW though.

All the characters in the movie are fictitious...i mean it...

But, the most unfortunate n obvious fact is that Our so called Callege-goers will rip their ass to be like one of em n ob'ly end up failing to be a like a fictitious character which is a FACT.

i'd like to raise a Question.

was the title HAPPY DAYS justified??

if u've noticed...all the problems were Bcoz of galz.

i am not advising ny1 to be away from galz...but the only thing i wish is ...lez not pretend to be someone else...be like wat U are n lead the life...n watever happenz is jus part of the game called LIFE.

Signing off B'fore getting too philosophical.
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8
Screw Telugu Film Industry on 3rd Nov 2007, 11:48pm | Permalink
amazing movie!!! chandu and rajesh will make it big after this movie.
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10
Phani Kumar on 3rd Nov 2007, 11:11pm | Permalink
Timepass movie too much hyped.
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6
Teja Hima on 1st Nov 2007, 7:28pm | Permalink
good n heart touching movei n rajesh acting is osem
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10
KARNATI SRINIVAS on 29th Oct 2007, 10:44pm | Permalink
VERY GOOD CINEMA A FULL TIME PASS CINEMA
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2
Vaas Vaas on 27th Oct 2007, 4:55am | Permalink
If a movie can take back into time and re-live some memories(almost as close as they originally were) of your gone-by times , then it's really something. As it is, it's hard to get such movies in the midst of the heavy-weight star movies which makes it even more likable. All in all, a movie that's close to reality.

Only problem though, your mind will be filled with some nostalgic feelings of the past and will take you away from reality that you are living now. But that's what the movie is intended for and succeeds all the way in doing it.
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