Banner: Colour Yellow Productions, Eros International
Director: Mudassar Aziz
Cast: Diana Penty, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Sheirgill, Ali Fazal, Jassi Gill
Music Director: Sohail Sen
Duration: 137 Minutes
TopYaps Rating: ★★★★☆
Guddu (Ali Fazal) and Happy (Diana Penty) are invited to attend a music concert in Shanghai (China), unaware of what awaits them on a foreign land. On the other hand, another Happy (Sonakshi Sinha) also lands in Shanghai to join her new job as a horticulture professor at a popular university. But before she reaches the university campus, she is kidnapped from the airport.
The kidnappers want her to help them revive a multi-million deal which fell through as soon as Bilal Ahmed (Abhay Deol) became the Prime Minister of Pakistan. But little did they know that the girl they have held hostage is not the ‘Happy’ they wanted to kidnap to put pressure on Bilal.
Before they realize their mistake, Happy runs away from their clutches and happens to meet Khushwant Singh Gill (Jassie Gill), a debonair gentleman who works at Indian Embassy in Shanghai. Daman Singh Bagga (Jimmy Shergill) and Usman Afridi (Piyush Mishra) have also been kidnapped from India and Pakistan respectively to identify real Happy who is in Shanghai only. Soon, a cat and mouse race begins which takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride.
Will the kidnappers get the real Happy? Who is the mastermind behind the whole plan? Well, Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi review will not reveal that but will surely tell you if it’s worth watching.
Though at its heart, Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi is just a one-idea premise which has been stretched out to a full-fledged movie, what makes it special is how carefully director Mudassar Aziz takes it through cliches and offers enough laughs and guffaws to keep the audience entertained and glued to the screen. The film benefits immensely from its strong writing, a taut screenplay, and impeccable performances.
Aziz knows what he is doing here with his film, telling a fun-filled tale which does not go overboard. One rib-tickling sequence is followed by another. The only problem, however, is that there is an abundance of characters and a couple of them, like that of Ali Fazal and Diana Penty, don’t seem completely fleshed out.
We know that both the actors are in guest appearances, but since the first installment of the series, Happy Bhag Jayegi (2016), had so much of them, we tend to miss the craziness and effervescence here in the sequel.
Having said that, Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi boasts of a uniformly amazing cast of actors, some of whom have been seen in its predecessor also. As new Happy, Sonakshi Sinha is amazing, and the supporting cast members around her keep the whole mad story building, especially Jimmy Shergill and Piyush Mishra.
Jassie Gill looks terrific and essays his character effortlessly. Kuch bhi kaho, Punjabi munde mein damn hai ji! He looks charming onscreen, and trust me, he is here to stay.
What many people may not like much in the film is its too much reliance on racial and personal jokes. At times, you feel that the film targets only the type of audience willing to overlook a cluster of stereotypes and cliches in a film as long as it delivers a lot of achingly funny jokes. But thankfully, Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi is not just about that. There is so much to enjoy. It scores well in such technical departments as editing, cinematography, production value, and sound designing.
Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi is hysterical throughout. So, even if you decide to watch it with your entire family, you will not regret the decision as it’s a total paisa-vasool movie. This one has all the right ingredients to be a true-blue family entertainer despite being constructed from some tapped-out ideas. Yeh Happy khush kar degi. Period.
Trying to make a decision after reading the Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi review? In the meantime, here’s the trailer for you to enjoy: