Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happy Bhag Jayegi review: "Film zaada nahi bhagega!!!"

The Olympic flame has been doused after a fortnight of exciting competitions with Japan’s PM Abe dressed up as Super Mario being handed the baton at the end of it.  Unfortunately we haven’t been able to achieve as much as expected but thanks to the brilliant Sindhu & Sakshi the ignominy of returning empty handed was averted. Since there was hardly anything else to do this weekend, I decided to watch “Happy Bhag Jayegi” & hopefully the movie will be able to make me happier as opposed to India’s medals’ tally.

The film unfolds in Amritsar where arrangements are in full swing for the wedding of Happy (Diana Penty) with the local corporator Bhagga (Jimmy Shergill). However, this was pretty much against the wishes of Happy who harboured feelings for the jobless aspiring musician Guddu (Ali Fazal). They decide to elope but their plans go awry when she ends up travelling on the wrong truck which takes her to Pakistan. She eventually lands at Bilal Ahmed’s (Abhay Deol) residence who is the son of an ex-Governor & being trained to be the next big thing in Pakistan politics. In order to avoid his family name being tarnished, Bilal proposes to deport Happy to which she disagrees & he is forced to come up with a plan which will unite Happy with Guddu. But how will Bilal manage to do it without his father getting wind of it???

This is the second venture of Mudassar Aziz who had a forgettable directorial debut with “Dulha Mil Gaya” in 2010.  As in his previous movie, he has scripted this one as well & though it is definitely much better it is hampered by the predictability and unnecessary sub-plot that fails to provide any added impetus. However, the screenplay makes the movie enjoyable with humorous dialogues and situational comedies being pitched in. There is surely a whiff of “Tanu Weds Manu”, which indicates that Anand Rai might had an influence in the making rather than being solely concerned with the production. None of the technical aspects deserves special mention as the visuals were average while the music was passable.

It’s been almost 4 years since Diana Penty made her return back to the silver screen after her debut in “Cocktail”. Since her character of Happy has distinct similarities with Geet in “Jab We Met” & Tanu in “Tanu Weds Manu”, comparisons are inevitable & I would have to admit she falls short. Abhay Deol has done his role aptly inspite of his character not being properly etched while Jimmy reprises a variant of his role from “Tanu Weds Manu” adequately. Piyush Mishra rocked as the Pakistani cop while Ali Zafal was average and Momal Sheikh seemed quite stiff.

Verdict: With “Rustom” going great guns, it will be tough for this to have a foothold at the box office. To add to their woes, the film fails to offer anything unique which the audience hasn’t seen. In short, the actors though let down by a lack luster script makes it watchable!!!

Rating: 2.25/5


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