Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Review

Rating: 2.5/5

Critic Rating: (2.5/5)

Movie NameHappy Phirr Bhag Jayegi
Movie Rating2.5/5
Movie Cast Sonakshi Sinha, Diana Penty,Jimmy Sheirgill,Ali Fazal,Jassi Gill
DirectorMudassar Aziz
Music DirectorSohail Sen
Production CompanyColour Yellow Productions,Eros International
Release DateAugust 24, 2018

Musaddir Aziz who made not so great films earlier kinda clicked with Happy BhaagJaayegi comes up with its sequel with the same production backed by Anand L Rai. Of course, the genre of comedy of errors continues. Not just that but the cross-border comedy repeats too, and this time addition is China. Also, the addition is the new Happy played by Sonakshi Sinha, the lead in this installment. There are some other additions too like Jassie Gill apart from the usual gang of Jimmy Shergill, Piyush Mishra and Ali Faizal. Will the sequel continue to be a pop-corn entertainer like its predecessor or not is the question?The answer is a no. In fact, the first installment itself was a passable one, and the latest seems inferior to it.

Sonakshi SInha in HPBJ
Sonakshi SInha in HPBJ

The movie begins where the first one ends. Guddu (Ali Faizal) and Happy (Diana Penty) are married now. The second Happy is played by Sonakshi Sinha who goes to China for a certain purpose but gets kidnapped by aShangai gangster who hasmistaken her for other Happy. The confusion drama begins and leads to unveiling more and more characters in the film. Joins them is Bagga and Usman, played consistently by Jimmy and Piyush. The movie has lots of silly twists with one thing constant, i.e the new Happy running. How matters resolve or create new ones is the rest of the film.

Though the setup has changed, the characters and the loose script continues in the sequel. The duration seems long, as things don’t take any form a shape. It’s just a sequence of happening making no structure. The new Happy does have a significant role but the weak script doesn’t let her do much beyond shocking expressions and sprinting. Also, many characters are half baked and hence don’t bring in any substantial value to the film. Though Piyush Mishra and Jimmy could perform impressively, their characters aren’t on paper.Sonakshi does a good job to an extent. Diana Penty is more of a guest appearance than a character in the film.

Some one-liners do tickle the funny bone , but the quality ones are only a few. The other ones are mere punchlines which end up as PJs. There’s lot of mockery that’s done on Pak and China, which is funny at times, but some very old jokes are just dumped on the audience.

Screenplay is the biggest minus of the film. The writing is mediocre. Though it is a comedy, it needed a structure than completely relying on one-liners. The confusion scenarios get only tedious after a time. Apart from the screenplay, editing also brings the film down. There are so many sequences that could have probably let gone.

The songs on the other hand serve no boost, but only an unwanted drag of the already long film. The movie probably didn’t need a sequel, and this movie gives a message that, audience ‘bhaagjaayegi’, if another one is made.

Sure, Anand L Rai needs to retrospect about the choice he is making in productions.

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