Happy Bhaag Jayegi is getting decent reviews, but the film will face tough competition from last week’s release ‘Rustom’, which is expected to remain the first choice for movie goers this week too.
Happy Bhag Jayegi Review by Indicine
Happy Bhaag Jayegi makes for a breezy comic caper which never trudges above the circumstances which lend themselves beautifully to the movie. A lot could have been done with the zany characters and situations, but the director somehow restrains from going overboard with anything. Mudassir Aziz keeps the fun elements intact and even though Happy Bhaag Jayegi isn’t a riproaringly funny comedy it manages to make the viewers smile from time to time. All this without making vulgar jokes or objectifying women.
Happy Bhag Jayegi Review by Bollywood Hungama
As a director, 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. The film, which takes off with an impressive start in the first half, gradually tends to slow down and lag amidst the second half because of multiple tracks. The good thing is that, despite losing its track amidst the second half, Mudassar Aziz manages to get the film back on track towards the climax. Mudassar Aziz needs to be applauded for not just making the film’s characters interesting and very relatable, but also for having penned the film’s funny dialogues. Even though HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI bears heavy shades (read ‘hangover’) of the Madhavan-Kangna Ranaut starrer TANU WEDS MANU, still, Mudassar Aziz successfully manages to give this film its own unique flavour. Amidst everything, one cannot but deny the fact that HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI bears the inimitable stamp of ‘Anand L Rai’ all over it. The USP of the film is that, despite being set in both India and Pakistan, the film doesn’t get involved in making any kind of political statement in its narrative.
Happy Bhag Jayegi Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Happy Bhag Jayegi falls short of being a side-splitting laugh riot because writer-director Mudassar Aziz does not make happy use of the narrative pieces available to him consistently enough to be able to deliver an outright winner.
Happy Bhag Jayegi Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
Fortunately, the love angles were wrapped up in a sensible manner. There was no drama and that was a relief. This is no laugh riot, but Happy Bhaag Jayegi has its glorious moments. Reserve this for a one-time watch.
Happy Bhag Jayegi Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Done well, Happy Bhag Jayegi could have been a rollicking comedy. But despite its occasional throwaway lines, and nice touches, it never comes together. If you want me to suspend disbelief and buy into your wholly contrived plot, you have to be able to write your way past the contrivances. This doesn’t happen. Some of the casting choices are suspect. Penty has a wide-eyed appeal and an infectious smile but she is not a good fit for a Punjabi ‘pataka’. And some are too familiar: Fazal has a thankless part and never lifts off the screen; Shergill has some funny lines but he is essentially doing a repeat of his Tanu Weds Manu part. In fact, the film has several striking resemblances to TWM, which makes sense because Happy Bhag Jayegi is an Anand L Rai production too.
Review by Devarsi Ghosh on India Today
Happy Bhag Jayegi works totally because of its actors. The film is one comic set-up after another with an overused plot-line that really doesn’t offer any possibilities of surprise. As such, the ensemble cast comes to the rescue.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Abhay Deol sparkles in the role of a young politician who is attracted to the runaway bride. He wears his clothes really well and he looks the part of dignity in the middle of all the mayhem. Diana Penty is not exactly known for her histrionics but she manages to hold her own. Every character, from Abhay Deol’s mamu (actor Jagat Rawat who appears as the heroine’s dad in a TV show called Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi), to Rifat Bee to the silly gangsters who kidnap the bride are well cast and play their parts very well. Yes, the comedy does veer to the slapstick, but you don’t hate it at all. That brings us to Jimmy Sheirgill. He’s perfected the role of a jilted bridegroom so many times, he could have sleepwalked through this role. But he doesn’t. He’s a delight to watch, even when you know he’s going to lose the girl.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
Such a pity, especially when the actors flanking Happy are so talented and endearing to watch. If Happy Bhag Jayegi succeeds in delivering a few laughs, it’s entirely to their credit. Jimmy Shergill gamely lampoons his bride-bereft boastful groom from Tanu Weds Manu and looks visibly chuffed dancing to Sunny Deol’s Yaara O Yaara from Jeet. Ali Fazal does well as the sweet-natured dolt. Abhay Deol is saddled by half-hearted writing, where it’s never too clear if his repressed desires and expressed views are of any consequence to the plot. Still, his easy-going charisma pitted against Penty’s raucous outbursts is quite a relief. There’s also Pakistani actress Momal Sheikh, quite the radiant presence and a source of needless romantic complication. Piyush Mishra’s distinct dialogue delivery, this time in chaste Urdu, provides some comic wordplay wherein mousiqui becomes mausi-ki. It’s silly but this is the most humour you can expect.
Review by Renuka Vyavahare on The 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. The cat and mouse game between the characters, with a dash of romance, forms the story.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Diana Penty is the cohesive force behind Happy Bhag Jayegi. Abhay Deol’s return to form ensures you keep laughing for more than two hours. Jimmy Shergill continues from where he left in Tanu Weds Manu Returns, and with more fervour. Pakistani actor Momal Sheikh as Bilal’s fiancée is a revelation. Overall, director Mudassar Aziz’s film is a good watch. The supply of situational comedy won’t end till you leave the theatre.
Review by Harshada Rege on DNA India
What works for the movie is that the humour is clean. It may not make you roll on the floor with laughter, but it’s pleasant. Diana’s Happy seems to be an extension of Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Geet from Jab We Met, but her character lacks the depth that the latter had. Abhay is in good form here. The actor has found a part that he does complete justice to. Be it the light, humourous moments or scenes where he has to tap into complex emotions, the actor does it all with much ease. Jimmy, once again after Tanu Weds Manu and Tanu Weds Manu Returns, doesn’t make it to the mandap. While it may seem like a repeat act, the actor is dependable as ever. Ali Fazal is competent but has little to do in the movie. Momal makes an effective debut. This film is a good example of how an effective cast — including supporting actors like Piyush Mishra, Javed Sheikh and Kanwaljeet Singh — can lift a film that may seem predictable. The rom-com steers clear of the typical India-Pakistan jokes and instead keeps the humour light-hearted. The dialogues deserve a special mention as they add to the soul of the film. However, the music is a letdown.
Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life
Many Bollywood films suffer from the average second half syndrome, so much that I feel that we should actually walk out during the interval just to keep the memories of a better half. Happy Bhag Jayegi, unfortunately, is a proud member of this club. After an entertaining first half, we find ourselves facing an uneven second half, where the jokes are rare and the director pushes in subplots too many. Though it was assumed that Bilal would fall for Happy, the average writing for this track makes it a tad implausible. Thankfully the director ties this up neatly with a logical conclusion. However, it shows the film’s glaring problem – the romantic portions suck as compared to the lighter ones. Even Happy’s kidnapping act, though funny at times, seems a li’l forced into the plot. If the writing had been better, we could have gotten the comedy of the decade. The songs are unnecessary additions since not a single one of them leave any impact. The climax almost reaches David Dhawan kind of mirth.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
A breezy Diana Penty makes for the director Mudassar Aziz’s flaws and missed opportunities. Gems like ‘hum toh Hindustan ka namak khate hai’ and ‘Madhubala’ lifts this rom-com from the run-of-the-mill potatoes delivered in the name of rom com. A breezy feel good first half gets lazy and waiting in the second making a brilliantly created character of Zoya (Momal Sheikh) getting lost in the push and pull of art and cliches targeted to get box office results. Good to see Abhay Deol back in the groove, Ali is just okay. Piyush Mishra is hilarious. Jimmy just repeats his TWM role with a different name. Jawed Sheikh is fine. Momal Sheikh is brilliant and gives a strong performance. – See more at: http://www.glamsham.com/movies/reviews/happy-bhag-jayegi-movie-review.asp#sthash.NBU3F5qI.dpuf
Happy Bhag Jayegi Review by Indiaglitz
The second half fails to match up to the high standards set by the first half of the film. The movie starts to drag and crawls ahead with confusing screenplay without any proper detailing nor justification. The writers fail to etch the required detailing in Abhay’s character and his feelings towards Diana.
Review by IANS on Zeenews
Mudassar Aziz’s writing is fascinating. His dialogues are packed with punch as he plays with words, in Hindi and Urdu. Also, the gags are taut, fresh and brilliantly inter-laid in the plot. The graph of the narrative has its crests and trough but never is there a moment of equilibrium. Also his climax, though a riot, does not have the zing of a mad-caper. Nevertheless, the film has a strong message which is emphasised in the song with the lyrics, “Sau qwaab hai, ek zindagi.’ It significantly, encapsulates the premise of the film, “Follow your heart.” With moderate production values, the film is technically well-crafted. The visuals, back-ground score and music are of fine calibre and mesh well in the final flow. Overall, ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’ is a feel-good, light-hearted drama that does not need to be taken seriously.
Review by meeta on Wogma
Sure, Happy Bhag Jayegi has all the trappings of a typical romcom, that goes for the “chaotic lie-after-lie” brand of comedy. But some of its one-liners and situations make you giggle at the silliness. Surprisingly, there is some subtle humor too. Also, unexpected is the social commentary on parental pressure in the form of a parallel thread. Bilal Ahmed’s (Abhay Deol) track grows on the side almost unnoticed. Only, when the other characters talk about it,do you realise that it is a major part of the film. While each individual element of the story, the romance, the comedy, the politics, the social message are beaten to death in films, this mixture kind of works. The last bit slapped on, in the form of slapstick, ruins it all.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
The film is pacy and quite tongue-in-cheek and a sure treat for all those, who have been craving for a comedy without any risqué jokes or insensitive humour. The music is strictly ok and though the second half tends to drag a bit, we are ready to forgive the makers for this indulgence as at the end of the day, Happy Bhag Jayegi is a feel-good and decent fare made with an honest effort to make you laugh.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
Undoubtedly the actors are the strongest pillars of the film. To begin with, Abhay Deol just steals the show. No one else could have played this role with such ease as him. No doubt, he is a very picky actor but his film choices are strikingly correct. His soft corner for Happy despite being engaged to Zoya is emotional to see. Ali Fazal is funny and spontaneous as an idle college dropout. Diana Penty will surely surprise you as a brave Punjabi girl. Diana, who had debuted with ‘Cocktail’, steals the spotlight in every frame. Jimmy Sheirgill once again loses his bride, and makers have encashed this trick very well. One can’t help but feel pity for his character while stepping out of the theatre. Momal Sheikh has few scenes in the film but she is watchable as a possessive classy fiancée.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
Clocking in at a little over two hours, Happy Bhag Jayegi is mostly fun despite its shortcomings, because the humor is earned. The jokes are mined from the characters and the scenarios they find themselves in; they’re never merely slapped onto the narrative like in so many films. It’s far from perfect, but it’s unlikely you’ll be bored.
Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India
This is the sort of desperate comedy that basically takes the Keystone Cops’ style of ‘everybody is running around each other’ kinda humour a bit too far. To be fair, one can still see how this must have read well on paper. Some lines are absolutely first-rate. A few funny scenes really hold your attention.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
It would be a stretch to say this one redefines romcoms or is like none other in recent times. In fact, the climax sequence has the entire cast in a loony fit, much like an average Priyadarshan film. Director Mudassar Aziz’s last, Dulha Mil Gaya (2010), wasn’t exactly path-breaking and only helped us walk into this one with zero expectations, which were exceeded by this breezy watch. So, if you’re in for a mild entertainer which won’t make or ruin your mood, bhaag to a multiplex near you.
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