Exactly 2 years have passed to Happy Bhag Jayegi, but I still remember the first one rather vividly. I don't think I shall retain such strong memories when it comes to the second. Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi is funny but kinda. It drags a bit especially closer to the interval and even for few minutes after it- before the captain Mudassar Aziz eventually steers the ship to safety. You will come out from the film with a smile, but it will soon fade away as you reach the parking lot. A lot of jokes are forced and fall flat, and even anti-racist dialogues keep springing up for some strange reason. That's not funny, is it?
First things first. The premise of the film, by which I mean why Sonakshi Sinha (the new Happy) runs away from home, is rather weak. Won't reveal it, but let me tell you that her 'Mission Accomplished' too turns out to be quite an anti-climax, or let's say, a damp squib. Is the music good? Kinda. Sohail Sen could have done a better job with his tunes.
Sonakshi Sinha And Jassie Gill In Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi
Thankfully, the second half has a lot more scenes which are better etched out. The last 45 minutes deserve praise. It's tight here and a good mumbo-jumbo as well. It is the first half that largely disappoints, and there is a bit of too much hurry to take the plot to China. And then, it suddenly slows down.
Praises in order. First up is Piyush Mishra; he is superb, this man is something special. Was terrific as the wry Pakistani cop in the first part, doesn't drop the guard now. Ali Fazal doesn't have much scope. The focus has shifted to Jassi Gill. But does Jassi come out with flying colours? No. Gill needs to improve a lot. He is blank in few scenes and expressive in some. Lacks consistency. Abhay Deol, where were you?
Sonakshi Sinha In Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi
Diana Penty looks ravishing. Acts well, dolls up well. Sonakshi Sinha has lost lots of weight and does full justice to her character. Shotgun Sinha's daughter is definitely scoring brownie points in this one, unlike some of her past few releases which were nothing but rank bad choices. Welcome back, Sonakshi.
Sonakshi Sinha And Jimmy Shergill In Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi
Aziz should have spent some more time in writing the script. He has taken 2 years anyway to come up with the second instalment. Should have toiled harder to get the right punch in every frame. So yeah, like the pace, the humour too is inconsistent. You might not get a constant grin on your face, which you do when you enjoy a comedy thoroughly.
Jimmy Shergill goes over the top and having seen him a few weeks back in Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster, I think he is trying too hard to be needlessly cocky in every frame. Hamming? Kinda. Repetitive? Kinda. The whole thing should have been more aziz to Aziz, he has tried to convert it into a franchise after all.
Diana Penty And Sonakshi Sinha In Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi
The long and short of Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi is that the overall teamwork lifts it to a respectable level, but the captain hasn't led from the front.
Liked it? Kinda.
I am pushing myself to THREE, an extra half for Mishra, Sinha and Penty put together.
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