Happy Bhaag Jayegi Review: A competent story butchered by incompetent execution

Director: Muddassar Aziz
Cast: Abhay Deol, Diana Penty, Jimmy Shergill, Piyush Mishra, Ali Fazal, Momal Sheikh, Javed Sheikh, Kanwaljeet
Running Time: 126 min
Rating: 2/5

It’s not the first time a girl has landed up in our beloved neighborhood Pakistan. We saw Munni from Bajrangi Bhaijan, definitely not the first time a girl in Bollywood film has run away, we saw that in Jab We Met and 3 idiots.

So here it is, a Punjabi kudi ‘Happy’ who is in love with Guddu who is a singer but is being forced to marry Bagga who is a politician. Happy runs to escape the marriage and accidently ends up in Lahore. In Lahore, she meets Bila Ahmed.

The movie is the story of, Happy(Diana Penty), who is a free and bold Punjabi kudi who tries too hard to portray Geet from ‘Jab We met’, but rather than being cute and adorable she is annoying. Guddu(Ali Fazal) is a musician but we don’t get so see him playing even a string.

Happy is betrothed to Bagga (Jimmy Shergill), who is a politician who wants to become MLA, and the character is directly inspired from Tanu Weds Manu. And Bila Ahmed( Abhay Deol) who is the son of a former governor, and is back in form for a relief, is likable and sharp, who is engaged to Zoya(Momal Sheikh).

So, here it is, a Punjabi kudi ‘Happy’ who is in love with Guddu who is a singer but is being forced to marry Bagga who is a politician. Happy runs to escape the marriage and accidently ends up in Lahore. In Lahore, she meets Bila Ahmed and that’s where the mess, sorry the story starts.

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The major drawback is the execution, and dialogues, apart from few punch lines, the movie survives on supporting actors like Piyush Mishra, who plays a cop, and Javed Ahmed( Javed Sheikh), who plays the father of Bilal.

Dialogues like, ‘Kashmir chor ke kuch bhi puch lo’ by Piyush Mishra, ‘Padosi mulk ka hath hai’, ‘Card bhi batwa diye the’ by Jimmy Shergill with poker and grin face are a relief.

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Happy Bhaag Jayegi could have been a laugh riot if the writer had worked hard, the punch lines would have been sharper. Is there anything which can go wrong in s story where a Punjabi girl ends up accidentally in neighboring county in former governer’s house with a lover and a fiance chasing her all the way to Pakistan? Yes, the dialogues and execution.

All in all, the movie is fun until they are developing the plot, but loses in the second half. You have to look for punches and force yourself to smile and wait so that the movie ends.

In terms of performances, Diana Penty has tried too hard to fit it the role of ‘Patakha’ but is nothing but loud and annoying. Ali Fazal is there because the story needed him, Jimmy Shergil is flawless as he was in Tanu Weds Manu, Abhay Deol is the ‘happy’ factor of the movies and is enjoyable. But Piyush Mishra eats the cake.

The direction is loose, the movie looks stretched, too many characters and not a single one gets viable screen time. The cinematography is good, the major part of the movie is spent in Lahore and we get some glimpses of the city.

So, in case if you are planning to go, go for the ‘Namak’ we both countries share and Abhay Deal of course.

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