2016’s Happy Bhag Jayegi was fun and it endeared the audience. It was Diana Penty’s film after a sabbatical. Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi is it’s sequel which has Sonakshi Sinha playing Happy. The focus shifts from Pakistan to China this time! Happy (Sonakshi Sinha) is mistaken for Happy (Diana Penty) and gets kidnapped by goons in Shanghai.
Happy manages to run away (as the title suggests) and takes help from Khushwant (Jassie Gill), a worker at the Indian embassy. We get to see some characters from the first installment such as Daman Singh Bagga (Jimmy Shergill), Guddu (Ali Fazal), Piyush Mishra playing Usman Afridi, the Pakistani police officer and Happy (Diana Penty) herself. How does Happy come out the puddle forms the finale.
The film isn’t in tandem with it’s first part as the plot is weaker, so are the performances. Sonakshi Sinha seems to be losing her act off-late. Though there are a few sequences which elevate her but in minimal.
The best part about Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi is the camaraderie between the characters of Jimmy Shergill and Piyush Mishra. Even the stale moments brighten up due to their performances. Jassie Gill is okay while Ali Fazal and Diana Penty hardly have anything to do!
Mudassar Aziz has given us a product half baked. Though the premise seems interesting but one would definitely get a Déjà vu feeling of watching Happy Bhag Jayegi again and not a fresh take film. The Chinese characters start off well but miss the mark towards the latter portions. Political references to India, Pakistan and China are imbibed in this project but they fail to imbibe into your mind!