Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Jassie Gill, Diana Penty, Piyush Mishra, Ali Fazal
Direction: Mudassar Aziz
For a sequel of a successful comedy, ‘Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi’ is a tedious watch in which the jokes fall flat and the laughs never come. The characters try too hard to be funny and, as a result, come across as boring caricatures.
This plot of mistaken identity begins with ‘Happy’ (Sonakshi Sinha) being mistakenly abducted instead of the other ‘Happy’ (Diana Penty) when she lands in Shanghai. The blunder sets into motion a chain of events that are meant to inspire roll-on-the-floor moments. Instead, the flick only spirals down an absurd plot trajectory that seems to make little sense.
What worked in the first installment was the easy camaraderie that the Indian and Pakistani characters seemed to share. There were good humoured jibes and the eventual realization that, despite being ‘enemy’ nations, the neighbouring countries have so much in common.
The sequel is set in China and generously sprinkled with Chinese characters who speak chaste Hindi. Jokes (make that racist digs) about how similar all Chinese folk look are in abundance. While some of this is okay, the bits and pieces never really coalesce as a whole to relate an engaging tale
Beyond a point, you care little about either of the ‘Happys’ and just want the film to end.
Reliable actors like Jimmy Shergill and Piyush Mishra ham through their parts and fail to bring anything new to the table. Sonakshi and Diana are the main protagonists, but even theirs are not characters strong enough to lift the story out of the mundane and the mediocre.
Both falter as they try too hard to be fun and feisty Punjabi kudis on screen.
Genuine laughs are few and far between and most of the intended humour is simply lost in a confusing labyrinth weaved by this motley crew. The original, director Mudassar Aziz’s ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’, was such a feel-good flick. I wish I could the say the same for this one.
To be fair, ‘Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi’ is not unwatchable, just something you can unregretfully give a miss.