Happy Bhag Jayegi | Movie Review 20 Aug 2016   623


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Star Cast : Diana Penty, Abhay Deol, Jimmy Sheirgill, Ali Fazal, Momal Sheikh, Piyush Mishra
Directed by : Mudassar Aziz
Genre : Comedy
Duration : 2 hours 6 minutes

HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI is a fresh, light-hearted comedy where actors don’t go overboard.

The film is written and directed by Mudassar Aziz, who had earlier made the forgettable DULHA MIL GAYA (2010), springs a pleasant surprise in the form of HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI. The way he has presented the film’s characters is extremely real and that’s what works in the favour of the film. You may find some scenes repeated, or ‘inspired’ from other films, but HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI has a funny tone to it. The whole idea of the film seems far-fetched initially, but the build-up to the climax washes all our doubts away.

As fas as the performances go, HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI totally placed on the shoulders of the extremely talented Diana Penty, who returns to the silver screen after a long gap. It is good to see Abhay Deol back in the groove, Ali Fazal is just okay. Piyush Mishra is hilarious. Jimmy Shergill just repeats his TANU WEDS MANU and TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS role with a different name. Momal Sheikh is brilliant and gives a strong performance.

Overall, HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI is a fresh, feel-good film you are looking for, this one should definitely be your pick.

Critics Review/Rating

Times Of India:

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…
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Mid-Day:

This is a Bombay film set almost wholly in Lahore. There’s much humour to be shared on the quirks of Urdu (there’s Piyush Mishra for that here), and general madness about Indians and Pakistanis being same-same but different…
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Hindustan Times:

It’s neither a Runaway Bride remake nor is it borrowed from Pyaar Ke Side Effects. The only connect is that the bride leaves her house in a hurry. From there, Happy Bhag Jayegi rises on its own and is a surprisingly good entertainer…
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DNA:

Happy (Diana Penty) elopes from her wedding to local politician Daman Singh Bagga (Jimmy Shergill) in Amritsar. Happy’s good-for-nothing boyfriend Guddu (Ali Fazal) arranges for a truck that she has to leap…
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Bollywood Hungama:

HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI starts off in Amritsar, where happens an Indo-Pak agro conference. Presiding over this crucial conference is Javed Ahmed (Jawed Sheikh), the ex-governor of Pakistan, who wants his dearest son Bilal Ahmed (Abhay Deol) to enter politics just like him and ‘change the history of Pakistan’…
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NDTV Movies:

A wedding scuttled, a suitor snubbed and a bride on the run are time-tested ingredients of a comic romp. Happy Bhag Jayegi has all this and more and yet is only mildly diverting when it isn’t overly desultory…
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News 18:

Happy Bhag Jayegi shares virtually nothing by way of DNA with the Julia Roberts starrer Runaway Bride, although in both films the plot is set into motion after the female protagonist, a bride-to-be, makes a dash for it on her wedding day…
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The Indian Express:

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?…
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Rediff:

There’s a lot of love for the whimsical girl in our movies. People in the movie are floored by her charming irreverence. People outside the movie are fans of her offbeat rebellion…
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Glamsham:

A bride on the run, A spoiled wedding, a ‘bindass’ happy go lucky girl (a la ”Geet’ – the character played by Kareena Kapoor in JAB WE MET on a song again), HBJ written by Mudassar Aziz has all the tried and tested ingredients required for a rom com…
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