Bollywood actress Diana Penty’s ‘comeback’ film Happy Bhag Jayegi hit the silver screens today. The film’s trailer promised an entertaining ride for the viewers. Diana is Happy, a Punjabi bride who runs away from her wedding and finds herself in neighbouring Pakistan. So the film, from the makers of Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Raanjhanaa, is all about how Happy reunites with her lover Guddu (Ali Fazal) and where – in India or Pakistan. (ALSO READ: Wasn’t in hurry to sign films, says Diana Penty)

Happy Bhag Jayegi also stars from gems from the industry including Jimmy Shergill, Abhay Deol and Piyush Mishra. Beauty Diana Penty, who impressed everyone in her naive avatar in Cocktail, showcased her bold side in her second film. So, has Diana been able to effectively pull off the character of Happy with ease? Read our movie review of Happy Bhag Jayegi to see what’s in store for the viewers.

The Story

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Happy (Diana Penty) is all set to tie the knot with Bhagga (Jimmy Shergill). Amid all the wedding revelry, Happy tries to run away with Guddu (Ali Fazal) and accidentally jumps into the wrong truck that lands her in Lahore, Pakistan. Bilal (Abhay Deol) is the son of Lahore’s ex-governor, who had a friendship deal with India. So as a token of appreciation, India is sending some gifts to the family and Happy gets into that truck by mistake. Her illegal arrival in Pakistan creates a situation of chaos in the prominent family. Bilal wants to deport her to India while Happy has no plans of returning back to Bhagga! So, Bilal’s fianceé (Momal Sheikh) makes a plan to solve the issue. She asks Bilal to get Guddu to Pakistan somehow, get the two married and then deport them. Will Bilal be successful in reuniting Guddu and Happy? (ALSO READ: Abhay Deol, Diana Penty Star as Unlikely Couple in ‘Happy Bhaag Jayegi’)

Although the plot of Happy Bhag Jayegi looked quite hatke and promising, the makers couldn’t pull it off effectively. Happy Bhag Jayegi takes off on a good note but somewhere in between the movie loses grip. Suddenly, it becomes confusing and boring to watch. You would still want to continue watching to expect some new twist but unfortunately there is nothing of that sort taking place. And this is certainly not the kind of film you expect from the makers of Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Raanjhanaa!

Performances

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We found Happy Bhag Jayegi completely disappointing considering the choice of its lead actors. Diana Penty as Happy was the biggest drawback of the film. Throughout the movie you will feel that she is trying to imitate Kareena Kapoor’s popular character of Geet from Jab We Met. Diana’s attempt to come out as a talkative girl who is full of energy falls flat. Moreover, she doesn’t have the body language a traditional ‘Jatni’ has. In certain parts of the film, you can make out that she is trying to fake a Punjabi accent while her own Catholic accent is strikingly noticeable. (ALSO READ: Happy Bhag Jayegi actress Diana Penty reveals why she did Cocktail with Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan)

Ali Fazal didn’t have much to do in the movie except for shedding tears and giving pointless expressions. But we had a lot of expectations from Jimmy Shergill and Abhay Deol. Although they try to put their best foot forward, somehow everything looks misplaced in the film. Jimmy is seen in a role similar to what he played in the Tanu Weds Manu series, so maybe he was bored and didn’t shine in his part this time.

With Happy Bhag Jayegi, Abhay Deol was returning to the big screen after a long time. Considering the performances he has delivered in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara and Dev.D, Happy Bhag Jayegi will not be one of his best films. But what surprised us was Piyush Mishra’s role in the film. He perfectly pulled off the role of a Pakistani police officer and was the one who kept the humour element alive till the end.

Music

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The music of Happy Bhag Jayegi is quite average but goes well with the plot. The sad song Aashiq Tera is the best track from the film’s music album. Diana Penty and Mika Singh’s dance number Gabru Ready to Mingle Hai is not a part of the movie and is played during the final credits only.

What’s good in Happy Bhag Jayegi

Happy Bhag Jayegi has some punches here and there that will tickle you funny bone. Piyush Mishra and Jimmy Shergill are the two actors who make the film entertaining to watch till the climax. The songs are perfectly weaved into the plot and help to take the story forward.

What’s bad in Happy Bhag Jayegi

Diana Penty couldn’t pull off the role of Happy convincingly. The plot of Happy Bhag Jayegi itself looked vague and was not strong enough to be entertaining.

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Verdict

Happy Bhag Jayegi is worth a watch for Jimmy Shergill and Abhay Deol. Consider this Diana Penty film this weekend only if you have already watched last week’s releases, Rustom and Mohenjo Daro, and are not keen on Hollywood films such as Ben Hur or Pete’s Dragon.

Rating: 2 stars | Edited by Shweta Parande.

Watch the trailer of Diana Penty’s Happy Bhag Jayegi here;