Cast: Abhay Deol, Diana Penty, Ali Fazal, Jimmy Sheirgill, Momal Sheikh
Director: Mudassar Aziz
Producers: Aanand L.Rai, Krishika Lulla
Writer: Mudassar Aziz
Claps: Performances, Humour
Slaps: The second half suffers from 'too many cooks spoil the broth' syndrome
What's New: A heart-warming film with plenty of laughs minus the misogyny jokes
Popcorn Refill: Strictly interval
Plot: Amritsar di kudi Happy (Diana Penty) elopes from her own wedding when her to-be-groom Daman Singh Bagga (Jimmy Sheirgill) is busy giving a dance performance on Sunny Deol's 'Yaara O Yaara'. Unfortunately the runaway bride jumps into the wrong truck, fails to meet her lover Guddu (Ali Fazal) and instead lands up in the house of a reluctant politician Bilal Ahmed (Abhay Deol) in Lahore, Pakistan while hiding herself in a basket filled with fruits.
Initially Bilal is a little taken back by this unwelcome visitor and plans to deport her back to India as soon as possible. However when he hears Happy's sadwaali story he decides to reunite her with Guddu. But hey wait, Bilal has his own sets of problems too! The young man since his early days have always had a soft corner for cricket. But his pushy father, an ex governor harbours some other dreams and wants to see him flying high in the world of politics to change the history of Pakistan. He is betrothed to his childhood friend Zoya (Momal Sheikh) but in a course of time finds himself getting drawn to the bubbly Happy.
What will be Bilal's next step? Is Happy's love story destined to have a fairy tale ending or will Bagga play a villain to get back his girl?
Performances: Diana Penty as Happy is nothing like the docile Meera from 'Cocktail'. While her debut film had Deepika Padukone steal most of the limelight, this time the girl makes sure that you can't resist yourself from falling for her charming free-spirited ways. She exudes the right amount of spunkiness and adds a distinct flavour to the film.
Abhay Deol is dashing and endearing and makes you fall in love with his character. Girls, get ready to skip a heart-beat each time he flashes a smile on-screen! How we wish we saw more of this dimpled boy in films! The guy who is usually associated with serious cinema and un-conventional roles wins you over with his simple act. Some more of this Abhay too, please!
Ali Fazal is aptly cast as the lover boy. His goofiness will bring a smile on your smile. At the same time he makes sure that he gets his intense scenes right too.
Jimmy Sheirgill is bang-on as Bagga. Yes, he might slightly remind you of Raja Awasthi from 'Tanu Weds Manu' franchise but nevertheless he gives an honest performance.
Pakistani actress Momal Sheikh makes a confident debut in Bollywood. Watch out for the scene where she displays her vulnerable side to Bilal who is battling with his feelings for Happy.
Piyush Mishra as the policeman Usman Afridi tickles your funny bone with his impeccable comic timing and hilarious lines.
The rest of cast too puts up a good show.
Direction: Mudasaar Aziz's last outing 'Dulha Mil Gaya' was a cold turkey. That was in the year 2010. Six years later, the film-maker is back and this time he has got most of it right. 'Happy Bhag Jayegi' has a staple Bollywood plot but it's Mudassar's story-telling that gives it a fresh twist. He has based his film more on situational comedy and that works in his favour. Coming from the production stable of Aanand L.Rai, this one too bears his trademark style stamped right from scene one.
The first half is crazy and entertaining. Unfortunately post interval the film falters when too many sub-plots play and we are treated to a hurried climax. Despite of all these flaws, it carries a feel-good factor since the film refrains from making a political statement in its narrative and instead offers you a light-hearted take on matters of heart.
'Happy Bhag Jayegi' has some melodious songs that will surely find a place in your playlist. For me 'Tera Aashiq' is a hands down winner.
Combo-on-offer: Emotions+ Humour
Verdict: We give 'Happy Bhag Jayegi' CLAPS for being a breezy entertainer. 'Happy bhag jaaye isse pehle usse ek baar zaroor milna'!