Happy Bhag Jayegi (2016) Movie Review
Oops, he did it again! Really feel sorry for Jimmy Sheirgill who invariably gets an onscreen runaway bride. After Kangana Ranaut ditched him at the altar in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ (2011), its Diana Penty’s turn to pull one on him in ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’, an Aanand Rai production directed by Mudassar Aziz who last helmed the utterly forgettable ‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ (2010). [ Read: Mohenjo Daro (2016) Movie Review]
Happy (Diana Penty) is in love with Guddu (Ali Fazal) and ditches the blameless Bagga (Shergeil) to inadvertently land up in Lahore, Pakistan. Arriving at an ex-Governor’s place, she strikes a bonding with Bilal (Abhay Deol) who prefers to be an Afridi rather than a Jinnah his father (Javed Sheikh) aspires him to be. Bilal’s fiancée (Momal Sheikh) gets to know of Happy and they decide to bring Guddu to Pakistan so that they can be deported together. Huh?!! How absurd is that…. ( Read: Rustom (2016) Movie Review )
Indeed, the screenplay is filled with absurdities but is breezy enough to let you enjoy the proceedings. Quite a few situations like Bagga’s interaction with the two Pakistani’s visiting him in Amritsar and Happy’s verbal duel with her abductors is sheer fun.
The second half appears bit stretched and the climax is thoroughly disappointing. Nevertheless, the movie would make an ideal date material as evident from the turnout (mostly couples with corner seats booked) at the South Bombay single screen I went to. [ Read: Madaari 2016 Movie Review ]
Diana Penty, back after a 4 year break since her debut in ‘Cocktail’, is likeable as Happy Kaur. She has a solid screen presence and can go up the ladder if she polishes her diction a bit. Abhay Deol impresses as always. The talented actor could pull off this role in his sleep. Jimmy Sheirgill merely repeats his ‘Tanu weds Manu’ act. Pakistani actors Ali Fazal and Momal Sheikh don’t leave a mark but Piyush Mishra is absolutely hilarious as a Pakistani cop.
To put it simply, ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’ is fun while it lasts but doesn’t justify it’s title at all. Don’t run for it… [ Read: Sultan Film Review by Sumeet Nadkarni]
Happy Bhag Jayegi Official Trailer with Subtitle | Diana Penty, Abhay Deol, Jimmy Sheirgill