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Happy Bhag Jayegi: A clumsy comedy
A young rebellious Punjabi girl, runs away from her arranged marriage to a local goon-politician in order to elope with her idle-musician boyfriend.

However, matters go goofy and she ends up in an influential family's home, but, the one across the border in Pakistan.

Although the backdrop of `Happy Bhag Jaayegi' is catchy enough, the film is however, short of just that.

The positives:

Many connoisseurs might expect the film to be loosely based on Hollywood's `Runaway Bride' (starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere). Thankfully it isn't. Also its a lot more "desi" as one would expect it to be.

The film has an impressive ensemble – Jimmy Shergill (goon-groom), Ali Fazal (idle-lover), Abhay Deol (Pakistani Governor's son), Javed Sheikh (Pakistani Governor), Ayesha Raza (Pakistani aunt) and ever-strong and formidable - Piyush Mishra (Pakistani Police Superintendent) along with the reintroduction of diminutive beauty of `Cocktail' - Diana Penty as the titular "Happy".

Perhaps, many would simply throng to the theatres to watch her and they won't be disappointed as she is indeed, better than before; likable even.

Shergill is much like the Punjabi version of his `Tanu Weds Manu' character; though Fazal and Deol are not too fixating in their personas.

Who doesn't disappoint is the new discovery, Momal Sheikh (fiance of Deol's character). Coincidentally, the real-life daughter of Javed Sheikh, she is the most genuinely emotive and impressive amongst the entire cast of the film.

In addition, we find some heartily funny scenes - mostly involving Mishra, who is absolutely on-fire (hilariously) - and some guessable-yet-enjoyable plot-points involving lot of cross-border new and old folk-lore, and even some subtly matured relationship anecdotes – a rarity.

The shortcomings:

The biggest shortcoming of the movie is the almost absolute lack of chemistry between the actors. Due to this reason, although they are expressive enough but never hold the interest for long.

The plot twists are almost unnecessary and seem like a stretch. As aforementioned – good sequencing of plot-line with twists, however, is never too engrossing.

The direction (Mudassar Aziz, of the relatively unknown `Dulha Mil Gaya') attempts to go places but, all in vain.

The sound-track served is bland-ish, and doesn't help either to pull the film up.

Conclusion:

I wish "Happy" was as happening as she had sounded in the promos of the film. Watch it only if you must.
Passable as a 6.25/10.

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