Happy Bhag Jayegi is a fresh, light-hearted take on cross-border camaraderie that revolves around a runaway bride. It lures you into throwing logic out of the window (‘baher’) for a while as it offers clean entertainment with ample gags. The cat and mouse game between the characters, with a dash of romance, forms the story.
What if an Indian girl wakes up in Pakistan one fine morning? And what if she finds, gasp, the one she’s looking for across the border?
The premise of Happy Bhag Jayegi, promises you some good chuckles because, well, who doesn’t like the idea of a pretty girl on the run in search of her Prince Charming? And the Pakistani locations—the scenic spots around Lahore– should inject some freshness, right?
Happy Bhag Jayegi Movie Review And Ratings
We smile in the beginning. Spirited Amritsar kudi Happy’s (Diana Penty) heart beats for Guddu (Ali Fazal) but the path of true love is strewn with stern fathers (Kanwaljeet), local bad boy rival Bagga (Jimmy Shergill) and an accidental Pakistani gentleman named Bilal Ahmed (Abhay Deol).
But all too soon, the pleasures of the film dwindle, and we are left to fend for ourselves, looking for something that will make us laugh, even if it is weak laughter. There is some of it, but it is far too intermittent.
If you are curious to know about our neighbours and their culture, this film satiates that intrigue to a certain extent. The comic caper clicks for its situational humour, smart writing and perfect casting. The first half has tons of laugh out loud moments, predominantly stemming from Piyush Mishra speaking chaste Urdu (Javed Akhtar style).
Jimmy Sheirgill may not get the girl but he gets memorable roles and his portrayal of Bagga is the highlight here. Be it him calling Ali, Justin Byeber or saying, ‘Mere shaadi rukwane ke peeche, padosi mulk ka haath hai’, Jimmy steals the show, hands down. Both Abhay and Ali are equally competent and the men dominate the film, even more than the film’s central character (Diana), whose looks overshadow her acting. Momal is sincere.
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!
Set off against Bilal is the hammy cop Afridi (Piyush Mishra is at once over the top yet cultured), both on a mission together to deport Happy to India. Afridi is, perhaps, the most interesting character of the lot, mildly resentful when it comes to travelling to India yet the one who desires many things/people from India in Pakistan, including Taj Mahal and Yash Chopra. He is a nice representative of many, on both sides, who are caught between a strange love and loathing. “Ask me about anything but Kashmir,” he says, ever so cleverly, even when drunk. And, lest we forget, there’s also much culture and dignity oozing from Bilal’s dad Javed (Javed Sheikh) who wants him to “change the history of Pakistan”, a nice running joke in the film. In fact, such is the poise and the decorum running through Pakistan that even the screwball, slapstick end comes with a dash of adab and tehzeeb (refinement and sophistication).