If this week you are bored and are not very interested in watching the 2016 reboot of 1959’s classic Ben-Hur, then you can definitely throw your money at Happy Bhag Jayegi.
You are going to see Abhay Deol in the film after his long hiatus from the big screen. Also, there is Jimmy Shergill, and of course, Happy, the character of which is helmed by Diana Penty. The story of the film is not very new or exciting, in fact, it’s pretty simple.
Happy is getting married to Daman Singh Bagga (Jimmy Shergill), but she loves Guddu (Ali Fazal), so she ditches Bagga on the night of her sangeet and jumps in a truck. Things don’t go according to the plan, and Happy crosses the border, reaching Bilal Ahmad’s (Abhay Deol) house in Lahore, Pakistan. And, to know the rest of the story and twists, you need to watch the film.
The first half is better than the second half of the film. Piyush Mishra and Jimmy Shergill rock in some of the sequences. Their comic timing is spot on.
As the film is gripping towards the end of the first half, it becomes quite interesting. But then comes the- Interval.
I will say Piyush Mishra’s body language and idiosyncrasies are not very different from his other films but Jimmy Shergill never fails to impress. Even though, the actor has attained critical success and a niche in the industry, he is still accepting such scripts, wherein he is doing the same character. Why? Tanu weds Manu, the consequent Tanu weds Manu Returns, and now Happy Bhag Jayegi. In all these film,s his bride ditches him and runs away and then he starts a pursuit. I think even his loyal audience needs a little change.
And let’s not even talk about Ali Fazal because he loves being a college guy, who loves to play guitar and who is utterly stupid and unemployed. He did the same things for the millionth time, and continues the same streak with this movie. Everybody knows the potential of Abhay Deol as an actor, but he brings out nothing special from his character. Nevertheless, it was good to see him on the big screen.
As for Diana Penty, although, it was only her second film but I think Homi Adjania did a better job with her in much acclaimed movie, Cocktail. She was average in this film; her Punjabi accent was not even close to accurate. And although the film and the story revolved around her, she couldn’t impress much.
The Director and writer Mudassar Aziz couldn’t take hold of the film in the second half; it was messy, draggy and predictable. None of the songs will stay with you after the film.
Overall, you will like the film in parts, you will laugh at some scenes and you might nap through some of them. Since it’s the only Hindi release this week so the makers might expect some good business in the weekend.
For me it’s a 6/10, and I am being generous.
Aniket Jaiswal is an independent filmmaker, scriptwriter and director. Founded Old Delhi Films in his room, now runs it out of a fully decorated office.