Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Story
Horticulture professor Happy (Sonakshi Sinha) arrives in Shanghai and the other Happy (Diana Penty) along with husband Guddu (Ali Fazal) also lands up in the Chinese city at the same time. Gangsters who’ve come to kidnap Happy and her husband, pick up the wrong Happy. While Guddu and his wife Happy are escorted to a university to deliver a lecture.
Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Review
Comedy of errors is one of the oldest tricks in the filmmaking business. It’s always fun to watch, people caught up in extraordinary circumstances behaving like simpletons. And that’s exactly why Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi (HPBJ) is such a fun film. It works on the same themes and ideas that made its predecessor, Happy Bhag Jayegi (HBJ) such a laugh riot. The writing and direction by Mudassar Aziz are top notch. HPBJ has delightfully random humour, the kind that you can watch over and over again.
The film wastes no time in establishing the premise. The two Happys get interchanged as soon as the film begins. Sonakshi Sinha’s Happy is kidnapped by a bunch of bumbling gangsters who have hilarious names like Makaju (pronounced like a popular Hindi expletive). Diana Penty’s Happy and her husband Guddu are escorted to a college, where a random Chinese man acting as their translator employs such chaste Hindi that it bamboozles the Punjabi couple. These random bits of humour set the tone for the rest of the film, that plays out in a series of gags and situational humour set pieces, that are genuinely hilarious. An extra word of appreciation for actors Denzil Smith and Jason Tham, who play the Chinese characters. Denzil plays Adnan Chau and Jason is Chan, the leader of the gangsters. Both actors excel in the scenes of outrageous comedy.
Mudassar Aziz has managed to blend funny Punjabi dialogues in the Chinese setting of the film and the outcome is downright hilarious. The film could have been a tad bit shorter with taut editing, but that doesn’t really affect the prospects too much. The performances by the ensemble cast are pitch perfect, but the one actor who stands out with his comedic timing is Jimmy Sheirgill. His character has many quirks and the actor delivers every single dialogue with disarming charm. Sonakshi Sinha as the feisty and spirited Happy, is very good too. Aparshakti Khurrana, in a brief but surprising role, creates a good impact too.
HPBJ is just as good as HBJ, if not better. It has good music too and for a change, the songs actually add value to the storytelling process. This film takes the ideas of the original and it adds a zany new twist to the proceedings. The goofball humour gets a little over-the-top at times, but that’s exactly what works for this madcap comedy.