Happy Bhag Jayegi - Review

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Breezy cute romantic film becomes a chaotic mess.

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Like the trailer promised, Tanu Weds Manu meets Bajrangi Bhaijaan. We get a bonus! Wake Up Sid. But what didn't expect was it would become a Housefull. However, somewhere along the way, it has a few wonderful laughs that keep it light and breezy.

Sure, Happy Bhag Jayegi has all the trappings of a typical romcom, that goes for the “chaotic lie-after-lie” brand of comedy. But some of its one-liners and situations make you giggle at the silliness. Surprisingly, there is some subtle humor too.

Also, unexpected is the social commentary on parental pressure in the form of a parallel thread. Bilal Ahmed's (Abhay Deol) track grows on the side almost unnoticed. Only, when the other characters talk about it,do you realise that it is a major part of the film. While each individual element of the story, the romance, the comedy, the politics, the social message are beaten to death in films, this mixture kind of works. The last bit slapped on, in the form of slapstick, ruins it all.

It is the things that you don't expect Happy Bhag Jayegi to do that make the film enjoyable. Some of the humor aside, they named a character Afridi and did not take potshots at the Pakistani cricketer! That must have required some restraint.

What's more, Bilal's wife (Momal Sheikh) who could have been the stereotypical vamp, is constrained in her reactions and in fact very human. The performances were all convincing and entertaining. The comic timing, the littlest of change in body and facial expressions, were thoroughly enjoyable. It is quite an achievement for Jimmy Sheirgill to play the guy who always loses his bride-to-be, and yet be entertaining all over again.

The music is good too. The songs for once don't seem intrusive, even if the background music weirdly guides you to laugh and stop. It is the chaos in end that just gets to you and brings the film crumbling down. It is as if you can see the writer's struggle with what they really want – a situational sense of humor verus what they think the audience wants – a slapstick.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: None
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None
  • Concept: An Indian bride-to-be elopes, only to find herself alone, and by mistake in Pakistan.
  • General Look and Feel: Light and breezy first half gives into a loud second half

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 2.5
  • Story: 2.5
  • Lead Actors: 3.5
  • Character Artists: 3.5
  • Dialogues: 3
  • Screenplay: 2.5
  • Music Director: 3
  • Lyrics: 3

Happy Bhag Jayegi - Movie Details

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Kapil Niranjan:

Thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Comic timings were really good. If 90% of the movie is genuine, small amount of slapstick does not really irritate. It may not be a great movie, but worth watching and worth recommending to others. In this age of over hyped 100-200 crore crappy stuff being dished out, this genuine work was a relief. Time and money worth spent.
I didn't know Diana Penty could act so well.
Used to think that she would be like Deepika. But I was pleasantly surprised to watch her performance. She acts better and looks better than Deepika and Katrina. She should become the bigger star than the latter two. I hope so.

meeta:

@Kapil true about worth recommending for a fun watch over some of the other big budgets ones off late.

Kapil:

Also, I found this to be a better and more mature movie when compared to Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which was lapped up by almost all the critics, with the former getting an average rating of only 2.6 compared to the latter's 4.1, as per your statistics. Anyways, except WOGMA, I don't even read any other review site.

meeta:

Thank you, Kapil!

Fan:

A "happy" go lucky film. As I watch a large proportion of hindi films that are churned out, I did enjoy this one. Even though it has almost nothing (except the two leading ladies) that I retained after leaving the theatre. I would imagine that people on a strict limited watching of Hindi films (for taste reasons or for budget reasons) are likely to skip this film. And my rating of so-so is keeping in mind this population - it is NOT a must watch film.

The film is a light hearted comedy of errors - although after a while the errors seem more contrived than natural. But the mood is "happy", and the visuals are colourful and zany. So it worked well for me.

Performances are alright - every actor fitted the role well. Although the two leading ladies were marvelous. I found the Divya Dutta look alike Momal Sheikh very expressive with her eyes. She had a special touch. And so did Diana Penty - wonder why she disappeared after delivering a sleeper hit like Cocktail.

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