Happy Bhag Jayegi - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
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Breezy cute romantic film becomes a chaotic mess.

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30 reviewers have given Happy Bhag Jayegi an average rating of 2.6/5.0 (?)

6 yays
5 nays
19 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Aziz obviously has a flair for comedy but he needs to work on it. What he desperately needed here was either more time and thought, or a co-writer to help him build on the starting blocks he set up. Happy Bhag Jayegi is fun and funny in large parts, but the second half is also bogged down by how insubstantial and consequently forgettable it is. ... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Every time you think the film is running out of steam, there’s a big laugh around the corner. I left the hall with a silly, satisfied grin, remembering, especially, Kanwaljit Singh’s words while chasing Bilal’s car. “Kambakht phone pe baat kar raha hai gaadi chala ke.” As though that is the biggest problem under these circumstances.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Overall with a much better first half, HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI strictly remains a below average, feel good rom-com made on a repetitive, predictable plot that is certainly going to be more enjoyable if seen on a TV channel without spending a heavy amount on the tickets making some extra effort to go and visit the multiplexes. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...Surprisingly an element of gravity is introduced mid-way when the narrative sneaks in a telling contrast in the relationships that Bilal and Guddu share with their respective life-mates. Director Mudassar Aziz explores the anatomy of commitment and honesty in a relationship without squandering away the spirit of satire that streams across this endearing rom-com. He also makes gentle comments through Piyush Mishra on how much of India and Pakistan is shared experience. ... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI comes across as a feel good film that will make you happy. At the Box-Office, its prospects will be rewarding for its makers. ... full review

So-So by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life ...Happy Bhag Jayegi suffers from an average writing in the second half. However, thanks to several light moments and fantastic performances, it turns out to be a decent watch that has the potential to surprise you. ... full review

So-So Bollywood Life ...Happy Bhag Jayegi marks the return of two actors whom we have missed seeing on screen for a long time – Abhay Deol and Diana Penty. Diana Penty has improved a lot from her debut film, Cocktail, though you might see shades of Jab We Met’s Geet in her character. Abhay Deol is fine as the young politician, who would rather be a cricketer. Ali Fazal and Jimmy Sheirgill are also adequate in their roles. However, it’s Piyush Mishra who is the best of the lot, as most of his dialogues hit the bullseye. Let’s hope that the second half keeps up the mirth of the first half. ... full review

Thumbs up by DHARM PATEL, BookmyShow ...Watch it for some really fun comedy and applaudable performances by every one, especially Shergill and Penty. ... full review

Thumbs down by ARNAB BANERJEE, Deccan Chronicle ... if you are a sucker for love stories, this one will only amuse you in partse. As a feel-good effort, it’s a bust.... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle ...Overall, 'Happy Bhag Jayegi' is perfect for a weekend outing with your entire family. ... full review

So-So by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini ...But the biggest travesty is what is up with Deol. The guy needs more films, better films for I am afraid soon Abhay Bhaag Jaayega from our screens and that aint making me very happy ... full review

So-So by Sidhant Shori , Desi Martini ...Despite its inexplicable direction change midway through the film, Happy Bhag Jayegi is a hilarious film. I can’t praise Jimmy Shergill enough. Diana Penty does a decent job as happy, but the movie seems more focussed on her three suitors, and for good reason. Happy Bhag Jayegi has a whole lot of laughs in the first half, but I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it solely because of its change in direction which really brings the film down. ... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...This is not a great movie. It sags a bit in the middle but if you are in the mood for some old fashioned entertainment which makes you believe the world is full of good peoplethen this will work for you. ... full review

So-So by HarSHADA REGE, DNA ...If it's a feel-good film you are looking for, this one should definitely be your pick. ... full review

So-So by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare ...All-in-all, the film is a genuine attempt at a family entertainer and would surely make you smile throughout. ... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...The first half is entertaining enough but the post interval bit goes down the tube. Clichéd and contrived situations abound and the narrative begins overreaching into the farfetched and absurd. Abhay Deol and Jimmy Shergill are the performers here while Diana Penty, Ali Zafar, Momal Sheikh and the rest do a fair job. The real problem with the film though is that the characters and their motivations aren’t believable. So while you can enjoy the brief bursts of situational humour there’s no lasting impression left behind. ... full review

Thumbs down by Jaiwantika Dutta Dhupkar, fullhyd.com ...The cinematography by Saurabh Goswami saves the film, which has interesting visuals. The movie is well-edited as well (Ninad Khanolkar), and that partially lifts it out of its drab writing. Nevertheless, HBJ is still a small-town saga lacking in novelty, romance and adventure, and less than a riveting watch. You can safely skip this one. ... full review

So-So by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...Technicalities are fine. Sohail Sen's music has nothing to hum about. Saurabh Goswami's camerawork is decent. Ninad Khanolkar's editing is fine. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Overall, director Mudassar Aziz’s film is a good watch. The supply of situational comedy won’t end till you leave the theatre. ... full review

So-So by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Happy Bhag Jayegi is a breezy entertainer that has its moments. This the kind of film one enjoys as a Tv-watch at best. I’m going with a 2.5/5 for this! ... full review

So-So by Uday Bhatia , Live Mint ...It’s pleasing to see Deol back on our screens after a gap of two years, looking fit and relaxed, if a little awkward when he pushes for comedy (he’s a more natural straight man). Penty, who’s had an even longer gap since her 2012 debut in Cocktail, enlivens her somewhat prototypal “force of nature” role with comic energy and a surprising warmth. Sheirgill is fast turning into one of Hindi cinema’s great sad sacks, and Mishra into one of its finest mutterers. Their collective enthusiasm renders the film’s lack of subtlety endearing and its gaps in narrative logic inconsequential. I’m having a hard time remembering the last time I watched a Hindi film this silly but still found myself laughing. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...Given the leading man’s own trajectory, this wacky flick with some very tacky direction is just about okay. But, perhaps, just okay is not so okay. ... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...The film is pacy and quite tongue-in-cheek and a sure treat for all those, who have been craving for a comedy without any risqué jokes or insensitive humour. The music is strictly ok and though the second half tends to drag a bit, we are ready to forgive the makers for this indulgence as at the end of the day, Happy Bhag Jayegi is a feel-good and decent fare made with an honest effort to make you laugh. ... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...Ali Fazal gets a great platform to establish himself as an actor here and is promising. From the supporting cast, Piyush Mishra, essaying a sceptical cop is a fun addition and the Hindi interpretations of his Urdu words are hilarious — 'mausiqi' is taken to be an expletive involving a 'mausi'. ... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...While Jimmy Sheirgill is treated rather shabbily by the script, Piyush Mishra gets the best lines. The latter revels in the opportunity and provides the film's brighter moments. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Piyush Mishra's distinct dialogue delivery, this time in chaste Urdu, provides some comic wordplay wherein mousiqui becomes mausi-ki. It's silly but this is the most humour you can expect.... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...On the Indian side things start off loud and grating but then there’s the dimwit local politician and Happy’s spurned suitor Bagga (Jimmy Shergill), to up the ante. He is the other man in film who steals the show from right under Happy’s nose. Shergill’s poker-faced zaniness, specially the catchphrase “card bantwa diye the” and his perennial repartee with Afridi are laugh out loud all the way. ... full review

Thumbs up by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India ...Since the love tracks seem unconvincing and abrupt, the second half tanks a bit. The cartoonish climactic chase sequence too seems juvenile. However, overall, the family comedy manages to pull the right strings and change the present (if not the history) of Indo-Pak relations for the two hours that it lasts. Buckle up and enjoy the ride, Janaab! ... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, yahoo! India ...Undoubtedly, the warmth oozed by the writer-director towards the motley crew of characters is the film’s winning card. Abhay Deol is excellent, speaking through his eyes and body language. Diana Penty, seen after a break of 4 years since Cocktail, displays high energy and is likeable, but if that voice is hers (and not dubbed), it could do with a dialogue coach ASAP. ... full review

Thumbs up by Troy Ribeiro, ZEENEWS.COM ...Overall, ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’ is a feel-good, light-hearted drama that does not need to be taken seriously. ... full review