A Bollywood farcical comedy ? That doesn't sound too
promising as this for sure isn't my favourite genre among the
different Mumbai Dreamland's genres. Usually there's too much slapstick
and actors shrieking their lines to suit my taste.
BUT, sometimes it works due to the excellence of an actor/actress, as
Kangana Ranaut in Tanu Weds Manu Returns
or to the charm to such a one. In the latter case as
in this film to the performance of Diana Penty, she's a delight to watch
in Happy Bhag Jayegi, and carries this film on her shoulders even though
veteran Piyush Mishra is funny too.
Yes, as a former top model she's gorgeous, naturally, but that's normal
with Bollywood actresses as most seem to come
from the world of beauty pageants and modelling, but only a few has
that charisma that enlights the screen. Kangana has
it and Diana Penty too it seems, after watching this film (and this
one was only her 2nd film). She has a sparkle to her and
feels very much Alive, and in every scene without her the film lulls
a little and you want her to re-appear as fast as possible.
Hopefully this is due to her acting- and cinematic IT- talents and not
just a lucky happenstance. Future will tell, but i think
she will be a big filmstar if she continues with her acting
Bilal and Happy bickering in Lahore
Run Happy ... Run! The film starts
with a wedding between the aspiring politician and possible gangster
(Jimmy Shergill) and Happy (Diana Penty) but before the marriage act
the bride to be flees through jumping from a window.
Her beloved one, Guddu (Ali Fazal) was supposed to get her but instead
she lands in a truck and taken to Godknowwhere,
and that is the residence of ex-governor Javed Ahmed and his son Bilal
(Abhay Deol) in Lahore, Pakistan.
And now much comedy and farce ensues when Bilal, groomed to be a top
politician but who really only wants to play
cricket, tries to help re-unite the runaway bride with her lover without
his father and the pakistani authorities getting to know
about the illegally in Pakistan entering Happy.
Piyush Mishra is funny in the role as a pakistani cop thinking he's
got a chance of catching a long-legged indian spy
Happy and Guddu
But Piyush Mishra's cop Uusmann is really a nice guy
and Bilal takes him with him and goes to Amritsar in the search
for Guddu, and also Bilal's fiancée Zoya (Momal Sheikh) supports
In Amritsar the furious Bagga plans to get his hands on Happy and her
father loads his shotgun and plans to end her life,
and when they get to hear about her whereabouts, they all go to Lahore
on a Happy Hunt.
Will this enjoyable romantic comedy end with Happy's gory death or with
a happy end, what do you think?
Anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 or 2.0 hindi audio with english subtitles.