Happy Bhag Jayegi movie review: A perfect family entertainer

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ROHIT BHATNAGAR
Published Aug 19, 2016, 4:40 pm IST
Updated Aug 19, 2016, 5:36 pm IST
Director Mudassar Aziz has handled a complex issue with so much conviction, given considering a cross border run-com theme.
'Happy Bhag Jayegi' is a perfect weekend outing with your entire family.
 'Happy Bhag Jayegi' is a perfect weekend outing with your entire family.
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Director: Mudassar Aziz

Cast: Abhay Deol, Diana Penty, Ali Fazal, Jimmy Sheirgill

 

If you have been waiting for a family entertainer, 'Happy Bhag Jayegi' is the answer to your prayers. Director Mudassar Aziz, who last directed 'Dulha Mil Gaya' in 2010 brings a laughter riot which has all the possible ingredients to lighten up your mood.

Daman Singh Bagga (Jimmy Sheirgill), an aspiring MLA of Amritsar is extremely fond of Happy (Diana Penty) and will soon tie the knot with her. But things are not that simple as Happy is in love with her college crush Guddu (Ali Fazal). Happy’s family is against their marriage and hence she decides to run away with Guddu and live happily ever after but unfortunately things don’t fall in place, or should I say, Happy doesn’t fall in the right place.

After landing in the wrong truck, Happy reaches Pakistan at the residence of Bilal (Abhay Deol), the son of ex-governor of Lahore, who is to marry Zoya (Momal Sheikh), a daughter of a reputed businessman. Bilal decides to help Happy find her way back home. However, she is in no mood to return back to India. What happens next forms the cruz of the story, and a delightful one at that.

'Happy Bhag Jayegi' is by far the best film of director Mudassar Aziz. The film is a brave attempt from his quill. He has handled a complex issue with so much conviction, considering its cross border run-com theme. However, it’s never too late to say that, Mudassar has arrived now with a bang. It is worth the wait after six long years. Aanand L Rai and Krishika Lulla have produced an entertaining film for the family audiences especially who crave to see such films in today’s time.

Undoubtedly the actors are the strongest pillars of the film. To begin with, Abhay Deol just steals the show. No one else could have played this role with such ease as him. No doubt, he is a very picky actor but his film choices are strikingly correct. His soft corner for Happy despite being engaged to Zoya is emotional to see.

Ali Fazal is funny and spontaneous as an idle college dropout. Diana Penty will surely surprise you as a brave Punjabi girl. Diana, who had debuted with 'Cocktail', steals the spotlight in every frame. Jimmy Sheirgill once again loses his bride, and makers have encashed this trick very well. One can’t help but feel pity for his character while stepping out of the theatre. Momal Sheikh has few scenes in the film but she is watchable as a possessive classy fiancée.

Every film has its own flaws and 'Happy Bhag Jayegi' is no less. Piyush Mishra, who plays the role of a Pakistani cop, is funny but he tries hard to throw punches in his Urdu accent. This is a known fact that he is a fine actor but he could have done a better job. Probably it was a demand of the script or perhaps someone else could have done this role. Another loophole in the film is the way all the characters get to travel without any glitches across borders except Diana of course. Abhay may belong to a politician’s family but the rest of the Indian characters were travelling to Pakistan as if they are Salman Khan of 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'.

Overall, 'Happy Bhag Jayegi' is perfect for a weekend outing with your entire family.

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