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When you come across sequels, chances are your heart may sink in disappointment because they rarely match up to their predecessors. But this time, Mudassir Aziz's Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi brings a refreshing change in the scenario. Way back in 2016, Happy Bhag Jayegi starring Diana Penty, Ali Fazal, Abhay Deol and Jimmy Sheirgill turned out to be a sleeper hit at the box office. Two years later, Mudassar brings back Happy on celluloid in a double dose. Does this one turn out to be worth your dash towards the cinema hall?
When Harpreet Kaur aka Happy (Sonakshi Sinha), an aspiring horticulturist lands in China, a bunch of goons in slick suits end up kidnapping her instead of Happy from the first instalment (Diana Penty). The confusion picks up speed when Daman Singh Bagga (Jimmy Sheirgill) and his partner-in-crime Usman Afridi (Piyush Mishra) are abducted and brought to China. If that wasn't enough, Happy (Diana Penty) and Guddu (Ali Fazal) too land up in the 'Land Of the Red Dragon' for the latter's music event.
Mudassar Aziz indulges in some good-natured mocking of the neighbouring countries to give you some hearty laughs. Comedy of errors against the backdrop of mistaken identities can get repetitive. But, Mudassar succeeds in having a strong grip over the film with his situational humour. Yes, there are moments which run stray. But, Mudassar's funny one-liners and trademark jokes bring back the smile on your faces.
Speaking about the performances, Sonakshi Sinha as the fiesty Punjani kudi brings in some freshness. Despite limited screen time, Diana Penty brings back refreshing memories of the first film. Ali Fazal puts up a good show. Singer Jassi Gill makes an impressive debut and holds strong.
Jimmy Sheirgill, aka Daman Singh Bagga, as the guy unlucky in love with his streak of getting stood up at the altar, is the highlight of the film. His fun banter with his chaste Urdu-speaking Pakistani partner-in-crime played by Piyush Mishra tickles your funny bones. Somebody, please make a film on Daman-Usman's endearing camaraderie! Maybe, like a kind of spin-off! What do you think, folks?
Sunil Patel's lens adds vivid colours on screen. Ninad Khanolkar's editing works fine. Unfortunately, Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi stumbles when it comes to the music department. The film's songs fail to stay with you for long.
Mudassar Aziz adds the right amount of Punjabi tadka to Hakka noodles and gives you a 'paisa-vasool' treat, which is hard to resist. Right from the first frame, Happy Phirr Se Bhag Jayegi gives you ample moments to go ha-ha. In a nutshell, this Sonakshi Sinha-Diana Penty starrer succeeds in spreading 'Happy'ness, janab! I am going with 3.5 stars.