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Films From India – Our Movie Review of Happy Bhag Jayegi

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Film: Happy Bhag Jayegi (Happy Will Run Away)

Year: 2016

Country: India

Director: Mudassar Aziz

Starring: Jimmy Shergill, Abhay Deol, Diana Penty, Momal Sheikh, and Ali Fazal

Review: If you happen to interact with the least-informed man on either side of the border between India and Pakistan — and you asked him about the relations between the two — chances are that you’d find there still exist some tense vibes.

That said, there’s a lot of commonality between India and Pakistan, two of the most vibrant cultures in the developing part of Asia, and it doesn’t end with cricket, a sport where both countries excel prodigiously.

It is heartening (and riveting at the same time) that a wise filmmaker by the name of Mudassar Aziz decided to soothe that strain (and often irrational animosity) between the two nations courtesy of a “Happy”-go-lucky movie that punches above its weight and lightheartedly so.

It’s pretty amazing how the film so quickly eases any tension by serving laughter and plenty of feel-good moments, courtesy of an exciting cavalcade of witty, loud, energetic and passionate characters from both sides of the border.

In all, it’s a riveting tale that highlights friendship and the importance of unconditional love, forgetting the needless ego clashes between the countries for once.

Without giving away too much of the plot … Happy (Diana) is a hyper-energetic, over-the-top, small-town girl from Punjab, North India, who decides to escape in a truck on the night of her wedding — and soon finds herself amidst a heavy consignment of fruits and vegetables, which is on its way to former Governor of Lahore’s residence in Pakistan.

Thus begins a great comic adventure – with laughter and love thickening throughout.

If you’re craving some merriment, then be sure to go see this Happy!

You will come running back with chuckles, that’s guaranteed.

Rating: (one to five whistles, five being the best): 4 Whistles

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Contributor Dev Tyagi can be contacted at dev@newswhistle.com

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Image Courtesy of Eros International

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OTHER FILMS FROM INDIA

*  Dishoom (2016)

*  M Cream (2016)