Happy Bhag Jayegi: Harmless romcom

Film: Happy Bhag Jayegi

Cast: Abhay Deol, Diana Penty, Ali Fazal, Jimmy Shergill, Momal Sheikh, Piyush Mishra, Lankesh Bharadwaj, Gaurav Dixit

Director: Mudassar Aziz

A harmless light-weight romcom, this film has it’s protagonist Happy (Diana Penty) a ‘Runaway Bride’ running away from her marriage mandap (a scenario presented in countless movies before this) only to land in Lahore, Pakistan. Is that feasible? You tell me…

Never mind the implausibility of the plot but the fracas that follows is at least worthwhile for the actors in it.  Mudassar Aziz returns from his ‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ debacle with this tepid comedy revolving around a feisty Punjabi girl and her many potential would-be’s. To say that Aziz has made considerable progress in this stint as director is not saying much though. Though he manages to eke out some humour from the situations there’s not much of it going around making it a rollicking experience.

Happy gives her local Politician Groom, Dhamman Singh Bagga (Jimmy Shergill) the slip as she intends to marry Guddu (Ali Fazal). But she lands in Lahore where she meets Bilal Ahmed (Abhay Deol), belonging to a political family – who according to his father, has the potential to change the history of Pakistan. Bilal develops a tender for Happy and promises to help her tie the knot with Guddu. But for that he has to hide her away from his father, Janab Senior and keep his jealous wife Zoya (Momal Sheikh) at bay while setting up a scheme to get Guddu into Pakistan- resulting in a few comedic moments resultant of the hide and seek that ensues.

The cross border conflicts are kept at bay and there’s no jingoistic fervour being revved up against our warring neighbour either. Instead we have people to people conflicts. Guddu is an unemployed musician who might never come good so one wonders why Happy would risk it all for nuptial bliss in penury. So the heart is controlling the mind here…and it shows up in all the three men in her life falling in love with her. Can’t seem to buy that though.

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.

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