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Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi  : A Happy Experience
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Friday, August 24, 2018
Mudassar Aziz
Sonakshi Sinha, Diana Penty, Jimmy Sheirgill, Ali Fazal, Abhay Deol

Robust Punjabi male Daman Singh Bagga who’s still looking for a bride and retired Pakistani cop Usman Afridi are back to make fun of each other even as the two unlikely men unite in another light entertainer.


This time there are two feisty girls named Harpreet Kaur alias Happy who land up in China, leading to a merry mix-up.


Happy who’d run away and found herself in Pakistan in the original film Happy Bhag Jayegi comes to China with her singer-husband Guddu where some thugs are waiting for her. Another young girl called Happy who’s got a job at the Agricultural Institute lands in China at the same time and gets picked up by the goons who think she’s the other Happy.


Bagga and Afridi also turn up in China.


Happy escapes from the goons and enters the life of Khushwant Singh Gill alias Khushi. Turns out Happy is in China for a purpose other than the job at the Institute. Bagga, Afridi, Khushi and Happy make a crazy foursome with the baddies on their trail. And there’s a little more fun when Aman from Happy’s past joins them to find the other Happy who’s enjoying China with Guddu.    


There are a handful of scenes where the humour falls flat or is prolonged. But it’s a fun ride most of the time. Bagga and Khushi fighting over Happy and trying to win her is quite funny especially when they use the code word ‘bronze’. Mild digs at Pakistanis and Urdu add to the humour.


This is a frivolous, inoffensive film where you don’t ask serious questions like how can they walk in and out of a jail in China or roam around the countryside without a passport. As Bagga says at one point, we’re Punjabis, we don’t think. Don’t think, just enjoy the Indo-Pak and China comedy that pokes good-natured fun at everybody.   


Pretty Sonakshi Sinha is comfortable and confident as a Punjabi kudi who’s not easily intimidated. Jimmy Shergill keeps the mirth flowing once again as Bagga with Piyush Mishra making a great team with him as Afridi. Jassie Gill is likeable as Khushi. Denzil Smith as suave bad man Adnan, Jason Tham as Hindi-speaking Chang and Aparshakti Khurrana as Aman add to the general zaniness.


Writer-director Mudassar Aziz gets a thumbs up as comedy is neither easy to write nor a cakewalk for the director.


Verdict: In recent times when cinema has become heavy and intense, Happy Phirr BhagJayegi comes as a welcome relief. And it gets a hearty 3.5* rating.


Direction: 3.5/5
Story: 3/5

Screenplay: 3/5
Dialogues: 3/5

Music: 2.5/5


Reviewed by

Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author
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