Happy / Harpreet Kaur who hails from Amritsar is supposed to marry Daman Singh Bagga, a goon cum corporator. But Happy loves Guddu / Gurdeep Singh. Happy elopes from the wedding and jumps into a truck full of baskets. Lahore based Bilal Ahmed (Abhay Deol) who aspires to join the Pakistan cricket team is forced to give up his dream since his father wants him to become a top notch politician. Bilal follows his father's wishes becoming a politician who is wedded to his childhood friend Zoya (Momal Sheikh). Bilal lives an uncomplicated life until one day when three gift baskets are delivered to his house in Amritsar. Now unfolds a comic tale of errors between the two sparring nations.
Audience vs Critic
Happy Bhag Jayegi has been received with half-hearted enthusiasm. The star cast didn’t make for too many filled seats in theatres on the film’s release, but since then it has picked up well. Critics have ho-hummed Happy Bhag Jayegi, saying it’s the supportive cast that takes the cake while Diana Penty is so-so.
Script & Plot
Diana is shown as a runaway bride from Amritsar who lands up in Lahore, at Abhay Deol’s place, who takes it upon himself to get Diana and Ali Fazal married in Pakistan. The scripting was done to induce laughter and sometimes tried too hard. Although, Jimmy and other supporting characters did well to maintain the comic spirit of the film. There were some whistle worthy dialogues about India and Pakistan that didn’t go unnoticed.
Diana Penty’s character has similarities with Anand L Rai’s Tanu from Tanu Weds Manu, although she’s not the same in energy and steadfastness. Seems like Diana had prepared for the role. But, it was the supporting cast that really impressed us throughout the film!
The music of Happy Bhag Jayegi goes well with the spirit of the film and helps maintain its energy, when sometimes, the plot loses it.