Happy Bhaag Jayegi – Movie Reveiw
What’s the formula for an entertaining movie that is liked by masses? It should have romance, comedy, drama, emotions and relatable characters. Happy Bhaag Jayegi promises to be a combination of all the mentioned ingredients plus another angle involving Indo-Pak based plot. So, keeping all these essential components in focus, it looks like Happy Bhaag Jayegi will be a sure shot hit. Let’s see if this turns out to be true.
Happy Bhaag Jayegi revolves around Happy (Diana Penty) who, on her wedding night, plans to run away with her boyfriend Guddu (Ali Fazal) leaving her groom Bugga (Jimmy Sheirgill) behind dancing in the crowd. Things go out of hands of Guddu and Happy when she jumps from her balcony on to the wrong truck which leads her to Lahore, Pakistan. The truck carried special gifts from India to Pakistan because Ex-Governor of Lahore Ahmed Javed (Javed Sheikh) and his son Bilal Ahmed (Abhay Deol) were returning to Pakistan the same night. After reaching Lahore, the next morning Bilal finds out the fruit basket moving and appears Happy in front of his sight. What happens next is what Happy Bhaag Jayegi is all about.
Happy Bhaag Jayegi is filled with political and socio-cultural satire apart from being a rom-com flick. After directing movie like Dulha Mil Gaya in 2010, Happy Bhaag Jayegi is quite a commendable job-done by Mudassar Aziz. Although the movie has many angles which are hard to believe and don’t even make sense but it’s an entertaining watch. Dialogues of Happy bhaag Jayegi are nice, some are repetitive and brings back the flavor of Tanu Weds Manu Returns big-time (to mention one, the “tashreef” joke). Music of Happy Bhaag Jayegi is okay. Although director tries to bring Pakistani touch in the movie by playing instrumental of famous Pakistani national song “Dil Dil Pakistan” but it missed the bull’s eye.
Performance wise, Happy Bhaag Jayegi rests on the shoulders of all 3 male protagonists along with a sort of side kick (Piyush Mishra) and not on Diana Penty. The characterization of title role is half baked and the character is also sidelined because of too many characters. Abhay Deol is dependable and gives a decent performance. He gets to showcase his comic, serious, and emotional talent in ample. Jimmy Sheirgill is a standout but that’s what he is in his every movie. It looks like Bugga’s character is another extension of Raja Avasthi (from Tanu Weds Manu Returns); its high time Sheirgill should avoid type-casting. Ali Fazal carries his part with dedication and even impresses in bits and pieces, especially the “Madhubala” sequence with Abhay.
Diana Penty is seen after a gap of four years (last was Cocktail), it is an ideal role to bag as it is in complete contrast to what she got to portray in her debut role. She is good but because of too many things going along, she couldn’t get properly highlighted. Momal Sheikh (Pakistani actress) marks her debut with conviction, poise and confidence in Bollywoood. It is not easy to get noticed and outshine in the crowd of known and prominent actors. Momal gives a mature performance and it looks like she’ll go a long way, provided she keeps on selecting scripts which highlight her acting skills.
Piyush Mishra is outstanding as he never lets his audience yawn or get bored in scenes which could’ve been disastrous if he wasn’t there. His scenes with Sheirgill are to look forward for. Javed Sheikh as Abhay’s father is effective but gets a bit loud in some scenes which weren’t actually necessary; ditto for Kanwaljit Singh.
It is speculated that Happy Bhaag Jayegi will not be released in Pakistan and this could be probably because of some dialogues and scenes which are shown in the movie. For instance,
Jimmy Sheirgill slapping a Pakistani police officer in Lahore’s Police Station while his way-out.
Javed Sheikh saying “Hamaara mulk aadha adhura he chal raha hai, koi powerful politician milta he nahin hai”
Kanwaljit saying “Kesa desh hai tera yaar! Yahaan koi baat he nahin suntan jubtak bandooq na dikhao”
Happy Bhaag Jayegi is nowhere close to Ranjhanaa or Tanu Weds Manu Return, but it’s a happy go lucky mindless entertainer for masses.