Finally after all these years, fan favourite Diana Penty is back and that too with none other than cult star Abhay Deol, what could possibly go wrong? Read on to find out.
On the face of it, Happy Bhag Jayegi seems to be a simple enough indie rom-com. It tells the tale of Punjabi bride named Happy (Diana Penty) who runs away on the eve of her wedding with Jimmy Shergill. As luck (or convenient screenplay) would have it, our runaway bride lands up in Pakistan where she encounters budding politician Bilal Ahmed played by Abhay Deol. Soon, Bilal becomes an unwilling accessory to Happy’s quest of getting married to her childhood lover Guddu played by Ali Fazal. But of course all these good intentions are hampered by the baddie Bagga (Jimmy Shergill).
Director Mudassar Azia manages to craft an interesting premise but is unable to do anything much with it. The first half of the film promises a laugh riot and there are quite a few very interesting moments in the movie which makes you wonder why this wasn’t a better feature. But the second half is a massive let down even if the climax manages to smooth things out quite nicely.
Inspite of featuring a cast of good actors you get the feeling that they are not performing at their best. Abhay Deol is a fine actor but he seems almost bored at times in the movie. Diana Penty is another good performer who doesn’t seem very sure of herself this time around. Maybe its the effect of staying away from the camera for so long or maybe she is just not comfortable with characters of this type. Jimmy Shergill on the other hand is still playing his Raja Awasthi character from Tanu Weds Manu though with not as much of conviction. Finally Ali Fazal once again proves his potential in a film that doesn’t give him much to do.
More than anything, Happy Bhag Jayegi feels like a missed opportunity. Neither does it come across as the laugh riot we were promised nor does it touch an emotional nerve. We shall go with two stars for this lukewarm fare and hope to see Abhay and Diana in better and funnier films in future.