Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi; a zany, chase-around in Shanghai that ends happily ever after

A sequel to Happy Bhag Jayegi, the second edition of the movie is a rib-tickling comedy of errors which leaves you in splits when the Chinese kidnappers drive away with the wrong Happy (Sonakshi Sinha). Talkietive Review brings you the 5 Good Things to watch out for, in the film.

A sequel to Happy Bhag Jayegi, the second edition of the movie is a rib-tickling comedy of errors which leaves you in splits when the Chinese kidnappers drive away with the wrong Happy (Sonakshi Sinha). Talkietive Review brings you the 5 Good Things to watch out for, in the film.

1) Excellent Ensemble: The ensemble cast, including those who played the principal characters from the prequel breathe life into the oddball and quirky characters in the new edition too. Sonakshi Sinha as Happy, is both confident and competent while Punjabi actor and singer Jassi Gill marks his debut in Hindi films. As Khushwant, a Punjabi lad who works in the embassy in Shanghai, he is watchable as are Jason Tham as Chang and Aparshakti Khurana with his impeccable comic timing.

2) Double Dhamaal: Unlike the prequel, Sheirgill as Daman Singh Bagga and Mishra as Usman Afridi get a lot more screen time in the second edition and end up being the stars of this film. Their on-screen chemistry and camaraderie with constant repartee about India and Pakistan, is on point and lifts the comic quotient of the film immensely. Mishra as usual does a fine job of a retired Pakistani policeman famous for his Urdu asides and Sheirgill sinks his teeth into every role that he gets always rising above what the role offers.

3) Screen Play: The plot is wafer thin but the screenplay written by Mudassar Aziz is very clever. It adds a touch of humour to every scene making the film very enjoyable; an example is the introduction scene of Jassi Gill where he is shown singing an old Sunny Deol number at a Karaoke bar in China! Aziz, in this rom-com meets caper is able to combine characters from the earlier edition of the film with the newer ones without letting the story go off the rails.

4) Dialoguebaazi: Good dialogues are the backbone of all films, comedy in particular and in times when profane, gaali-galauch (abusive) humour is a crowd favourite, filmi characters speaking a language with a touch of civility, is a welcome relief. Jimmy Sheirgill's taqia qalaam 'Tera bhai toh ghodi chad gya tha' made everyone burst into peals of laughter, even after it was repeated countless times, as good dialogues used effectively often do.

5) Right Direction:

Interestingly, Mudassar Aziz's debut film Dulha Mil Gaya was a washout but he obviously found his groove with Happy Bhag Jayegi which was declared sleeper hit despite the fact that it did not have a star-studded cast. The second instalment of the film does one better and showcases his comedic flair rather well. With Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi, Aziz can take credit for creating a successful franchise, something that very few Bollywood directors can boast of.

This review originally appeared on appeared on www.talkietive.in

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