Verdict - You won't regret watching it, but you won't be missing out on anything if you don't
Back in 2016, when a small film starring Diana Penty, Ali Fazal, Abhay Deol and Jimmy Shergill released at the box-office, most people thought this would be one of those generic small budget comedy films that will sink at the box-office without anyone even noticing. However, the film managed to win the hearts of both audiences and critic and turned out to be a sleeper hit owing to its effortless and sharp comedy.
It is ironic, that Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi that attempts to ride on the popularity of the first instalment might actually be the one to tank at the box-office.
Comedy of errors involving mistaken identity in a foreign land can either be a classic or cliché. Unfortunately this film belongs to the latter category. To be honest, it is not a horrible film, it is just a really mediocre and generic one. The director Muddassar Aziz, who directed the first film as well, has tried to stretch a story beyond its capacity by introducing a few new characters and re-cycling old favorites like Afridi and Daman Singh Bagga. It almost has the same story line like that of the first film with just China as the backdrop instead of Pakistan. The motives and ends might be different, but this one also involves a lot kidnapping and confusion. Even the central character of Happy is almost the replica of the character in the first film. But the major difference between the two films is the fact that while the charm of Happy Bhaag Jayegi was in its effortlessness, the problem with Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi is the fact that it is forced. Instead of knitting the jokes and funny situation into a story, the film looks like the story has been forced in between the gags, jokes and situations. The direction is loopy and literally quite directionless.
Coming to the performances, apart from Sonakshi Sinha’s forced and in parts annoying Punjabi act and dialogues, is decent. Seasoned actors Jimmy Shergill and Piyush Mishra are fabulous as usual and it is their banter and exchanges which evoke most of the laughter. Jassie Gill is earnest and has a pleasant presence on-screen. Sonakshi, who has the highest screen time is the weakest in the lot. It is not that she can’t emote or deliver dialogues properly, but something seems a little off tune. Aparshakti Khurrana in a small role is my personal favourite.
The cinematography is decent but nothing to rave about. The background music of the film, which is reminiscent of the first film is actually pretty darn good and perks up the pace when the film starts faltering and you start losing interest. It is also one of those sequels where you have to watch the first one to get a lot recurring inside jokes, else you will be missing half the fun.
In conclusion, it is not that the film will not evoke laughter, but it is like one of those funny Whatsapp forwards that makes you chuckle but you forget about it the very next second. It totally the sharpness of the first film and even gets ridiculous in parts.
Although it cannot be called a complete waste of time and money, but you won’t be missing out on anything if you give it a miss.