It is time for a romcom again. This time Tanu Weds Manu meets Bajrangi Bhaijaan. This could have been interesting if one of the aspects was novel. With both themes - runaway bride and a Indian finding themselves in Pakistan – done a few times, the combination will have to be give something really different - dialogue or individual situations or something.
It doesn't help that Jimmy Sheirgill is called upon yet again to be the guy who loses his bride-to-be. There is a third angle here and that might be the one to look forward to most – both because of the actor involved, Abhay Deol and the character himself. That and the couple quips in the trailer are just about enough to draw me to the theater. Will it keep me entertained and/or charmed through the couple hours though?
Bollywood Hungama - "3/5"
Filmfare – "3.5/5"
glamsham - "3/5"
India Today - "If he keeps giving forgettable work like this, it might not take too much effort for the audience to erase him from their memories."
Milliblog - "After Housefull 3, Sohail has a couple of good numbers here too!"
- meeta, a part of the audience
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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swapnilk27: Just back from 'Happy Bhag Jayegi'. Cute movie.
Sravi14897Rahul: A nice entertaining movie#happy bhag jayegi#jimmy shergil rocks and whole cast too...diana nailed it
sohrabnhood: Happy bhag jayegi was SO GOOD
Sidddoo: Happy Bhag Jayegi! Absolute ripper from the #Tanuwedsmanu team; so much fun!!
shahsdimples: everyone's saying happy bhag jayegi is a cute, feel good movie! ☺️
sd_iflex: Refreshing to watch a breezy, feel-good comic caper like "Happy Bhag Jayegi". Kudos to those who thought of & developed its story. Superb!
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nehamit1: Supppppeerb.. Happy bhag jayegi. What a performance by @AbhayDeol @jimmysheirgill and the legend Mr. Piyush Mishra
moxisahilawyer: After long time watched hilarious movie Happy Bhag Jayegi everybody fit for role except Diana Penty as Happy nice clean entertainment
meenasharma76: Loved the movie Happy Bhag Jayegi! #HappyBhagJayegi
mainbhiengineer: Happy bhag jayegi is fun and nice light hearted comedy. Piyush mishra is just superb with his one liners.
JigarSo62430635: Happy bhag jayegi...nice movie#abhey deol performance good# jimmy and Diana plenty nice
gaanemann: Happy bhag jayegi is a refreshing movie. Abhay deol is superb. Jimmy sheirgill is beyond description. Overall, a flawed but watchable film.
EsotericPhoenix: Happy bhag jayegi.. First half was hilarious.. So glad for a light hearted movie after long!
bipuldelhi: Any One require little relaxation at weekend - "Happy Bhag Jayegi" might be the ans -might be the right movie to watch this weekend. Enjoy
AwiGupta: Happy Bhag Jayegi.....super entertaining.......
atuldugar88: Happy Bhag jayegi - awesome hilarious watch and you njoii every minute of the movie @DianaPenty @AbhayDeol
alokpi: This maybe an unpopular opinion, but I quite liked Happy Bhag Jayegi. A little uneven & a little too long, but a fun movie nonetheless.
alihusaini: Wached Happy Bhag Jayegi...hilarious comedy enjoyed
ajmerandaman: Happy Bhag Jayegi (the movie) is fun .....soft n lite ,,, a fresh comedy of errors ..
SRKswarrior1: Happy Bhag Jayegi was so stupid but cute and Hilarious at the same time
adamparrush: we saw happy bhag jayegi today and it was a mediocre movie but i'm gay for diana penty
JonesPettway: Film review: Happy Bhag Jayegi's flaws are frustrating
gauravdkhadka: Please do not spend your money on Happy Bhag Jayegi, very unentertainment kind of movie.
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