Happy Bhag Jayegi (2016)

Cast – Diana Penty, Abhay Deol, Jimmy Sheirgill, Ali Fazal, Momal Sheikh

Writer/Director – Mudassar Aziz

It’s a light breezy story of a run-away bride and had all the potential of being an awesome comedy.

It has a plot that takes you from Amritsar to Lahore, interesting characters played by some very competent actors, comical situations, lots of Punjabi lehza and Urdu and tongue in cheek humour aimed at our friendly neighbours.

Diana Penty about whom I was highly doubtful of playing a Punjabi kudi surprisingly managed it well. But her role which could have had shades of iconic Geet or Tanu, was hardly cut out well.

Jimmy Shergill was super cute as the loser groom . Abhay was good too. Piyush Mishra added value to the movie the moment he joined the story. Pakistani actress Momal Sheikh was impressive too.

Actually it was this bunch of talented actors and their personal charm which carried the movie on its shoulders.

What stopped the movie from achieving its potential in spite of the above mentioned brigade and such a good plot was the writing itself .

The screenplay was pretty weak and the dialogues very average. None of the main characters was etched out well .The movie remained funny but laughs were far and few in between.

Mudassar Aziz (of Dulha Mil Gaya fame/infame) should have opted for a good writer and he would have given a much better product.

I sometimes wonder, in an industry so full of talent , how lucky are such directors who get a second chance after their disastrous debuts, to be backed by such successful producers (Anand L Rai of Tanu Weds Manu fame) and they still end up under delivering.

Not that the movie is bad . It does entertain. But lack of writing is so obvious, that it seems a sheer wastage of such good resources.

Watch it for the actors and their performances, light moments and some laughs.

Score 6 on 10.

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