The story of Happy Journey is all about Aaron (Jayasurya) and his life journey. The story unfolds through flashback scenes narrated by Aaron to Siya Sidharth (Aparna Gopinath), who he meets on a journey to Chennai. Aaron, son of Alice (Lena) is a hardcore cricket fanatic. Knowing about his passion for cricket, Alice seeks the help of John (Sunil Sukhada), a cricket coach, to train his son.
On the go, Aaron gets selected for under 15 cricket tournament,
but everything takes a turn when he loses his eyesight following a
road accident. But Alice and Aaron refuses to give up and they try
again for getting him selected in Blind Cricket team. On the day
when Aaron was all set to go to Bangalore to join All India Blind
Cricket team, Alice dies and following this Aaron gives up his
desires for playing cricket. He gets a helper job in a hotel run by
Easop (Idavela Babu).
Freddy (Balu Varghese), an artist who plays side roles in TV and
films, is the cousin of Aaron and a helping hand throughout. The
cricket team of the area, coached by John inspires Aaron to try
again for getting selection in the blind cricket team of India.
Getting selection to the team, Aaron meets with the newly joined
coach of the team, Gopikrishnan (Lal) who has been struggling
through different jobs after giving up his job as a cricket coach
in his earlier life. Rest of the story deals with Gopikrishnan with
Aaron and the cricket team members struggling through different
phases of life to achieve their desires.
Jayasurya as Aaron gives out a splendid performance. He acts the character of a blind cricket lover to near perfection. Lal as Gopikrishnan too gives out a decent performance. Aparna Gopinath as Siya has nothing much to perform in her role. Balu Varghese as Freddy is a treat to the viewers. Almost all his scenes with the Cochin dialect is laughter evoking. Srindaa Ashab as Aparna, daughter of Gopikrishnan, has also done her part well. Rest of the actors including Lena, Seema G Nair (Lis), Sunil Sukhada, Idavela Babu, Madhupal (Dr James Themmadan), Sasi Kalinga (Shukkoor), Chemban Vinod (Ganesh), Indian Pallassery (Pranchi) have done justice to their roles.
Cinematography by Mahesh Raj is good. Though he could not work
out the visuals to an exceptional level, he has managed well to
hold them to a decent level.
Music by Gopi Sundar is pleasing. The songs are well placed in
the movie and background score suits the overall feel the movie
tries to convey.
The negative aspect of the movie is the script by Arun Lal.
Though he has written the plot well through first half which amuses
and entertains, the later half fails to impress. Many plots are
messed up and confuses when and where the ongoing things are
happening. Also the weak climax where some unwanted twist elements
are stuffed into also falls flat.
Direction by Boban Samuel was good and his best through the
first half, while he couldn't manage it later.
The best part of the movie is that it reminds us of the cricket
team for blind, who are less considered and valued for.
With a better second half, Happy Journey could have marked its spot in the list of good movies released in the year so far. The movie stays average which can be watched with less expectations. For the last word, the journey which has been termed Happy is not that happy by the end.