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Happy Phir Bhaag Jayegi

August 28, 2018 0 Comments


A hot Sardarni horticulture professor lands in China and gets misidentified and abducted by local goons. While the original victim swaps her place accidentally and lands up in the university giving a brief and sweet lecture on Bonsai.

The professor escapes from the goon's clutches, lands in a karaoke bar to have a glass of water and meets an assuming sweet smart Punjabi who incidentally works at Indian embassy, gets the epileptic attack of being Bhagat Singh and croons so badly on Sunny Deol's song that you want to FF the scene and prefer rather watching Deol dance.

And then they meet two strong individuals from India and Pakistan who accompany them all the way from Chinese Porn market to Chinese jail to make a man go to India and apologize to Happy part 2's unhappy bade papa.

In the meantime, original Happy, now happily married to her Guddu, roams freely in China Town meeting the Faq Qu of the worlds.

The twain shall cross the path, finish their Chinese mission, meet and how!


Happy Phir Bhaag Jayegi is as Cliche as it may get. It is like a collage of all probable ingredients to make a film work which gets only desperate but still does not work. Color Yellow Productions, we expect better films from you.

Happy Phir Bhaag Jayegi is a distant cousin of the original Happy Bhaag Jayegi [realeased in 2016 August]. It is not a sequel but is actually a sequel wherein a handful of the characters from the original were retained but the location is changed from Chandigarh errr supposedly Pakistan from the previous version to China in the current stint. Few new characters were added to further up the insipidity of this "stale from the start" film. Phew!

No wonder you may hear almost every critic [who was not paid to appreciate this film] and every viewer say- Afridi and Bagga were the most entertaining part of the film. They are not wrong. The repeat cameo by Jimmy Shergill and Piyush Mishra keeps your sinking experience afloat with their scenes and drop-dead humor. Trust me that's the only humor you will find in this film unless you are still the one who laughs on the crass "all Chinese looks the same" jokes.

Coming to performances, it starts and ends with the mention of Shergil and Mishra. Sonakshi Sinha's Happy was louder than Diana's Happy, and despite his sweet, gentleman role- Jaswant gill fails to impress as other characters in this film. And what the hell APARSHAKTI KHURANA was doing in that caricature gay role?

Music is fewer and passable. And the climax is as creative as the name "Popo carnival". The direction is lackadaisical and the film will do business cause we do not have many choices before Rajkumar rao's Stree releases.

Numerounity Rating: 2.5/5

Very soon the theatre screens may tell the film- Bhaag Happy Bhag!



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Sanju: A Damage or Salvage of a Movie?

August 09, 2018 6 Comments





When I first saw the teaser, I could not wait for the film to release and hear Sanjay Dutt’s approved side of the story and Rajkumar Hirani’s storytelling charm all weaved into Ranbir Kapoor’s awesome sauce performance in the trailer. Notwithstanding my bias for the actor, I could not wait to watch him portray the role of Sanju Baba esp the era when he looked cute as a foxy candy. Alas, I just had nightmares whole through the night.


While I am not debating on the authenticity of the story, even though it failed my mark of credibility. Here are my reasons that why Sanju failed for me.

1) Missing links: A lot of you have pointed that the movie misses many important characters from this film incl his first marriage with Richa Sharma, followed by Rhea Pillai who stood tall with him through his first jail stint. And that is true. There is no inkling of some of the important characters including how he found his current wife. [ A very passable performance by Dia Mirza donning the fake mole]

2) Too Many actors but too less memorable performances: From Boman’s passable Bawa to Zubin Mistry’s “trying hard”, there is quite some cast in the movie but performances do not leave any impact but rather looked juxtaposed. Manisha Koirala as late Nargis Dutt looked beautiful and did justice to the role but for me, Paresh Rawal who in spite of being a great actor somewhere lacked that tenacity, that charm of the very classy Late Sunil Dutt.   Of the actress, Dia Mirza’ was passable and Anushka Sharma was way too theatrics. Surprisingly, it was Sonam Kapoor and her “blink and you miss” role that stood out among the all leading ladies excluding Manisha Koirala. 





Another character that stood out and out was the but of course was the “topless Kamli serving snacks in the hole” played by Vicky Kaushal. He had every moment to deliver a cliché of performance but he "roared" it well.


3) Lazy Screenplay: A over the top confident Dutt who was committing suicide in a scene hitherto, giggling away to flashback mode did not go that well with me. I was looking for more angst, pain and the authentic emotions that the actor may have undergone in the real life.  Overall the story opening and closing at convenient points is not a case of simplifying the content but quite a lazy scripting. Even his bringing “out of box” context did not work this time. Rather say there weren’t any this time. Unlike a signature totem that Hirani has in all his films, from Gandhigiri to the Wrong number to chemical locha, there was none in this film except a very lackadaisical “question mark” that can act as a good debatable point but does not have an endorsement factor with the masses.


4) Culprit than the Victim: To me, it appeared as if the director is enforced to make a sympathetic pitch rather than an empathetic portrayal. Whether it is Dutt’s addiction to the drugs, trauma of losing his beloved mother and love of his life, it all portrayed him as an irresponsible and spoiled son rather than a victim of the situation. for eg: If you have seen Kangana Ranaut’s minuscule portion in Fashion where she deals with heartbreak, career loss, and drug issues, it was a stark portrayal that I am talking about. Here it was all about Ranbir Kapoor trying to portray Sanjay Dutt.

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5) Passable Music: Ranbir Kapoor played a Drug consuming rockstar in rockstar. If I ask you to recall a top memory from the film, what would it be? For me, it was- “Sadda Haq” and “Nadaan parinde”. That kind of Metamorphosis, the strong linkage with the music is so missing in this movie. The only song that stays and could be aspirational will be- Kar har Maidan fateh!


6) Glorification of LSD: Baring the Mangalasutra scene


Numerounity Review: Overall, Sanju the film is really a big disappointment. The humor in between was stale and did not help as well. Rather than a whitewash portrayal or empathetic storytelling, this film looks more like the PR gone wrong. Wrong Number Mr. Hirani. Maybe now you need to make a film to whitewash your image back. 


Rating: 2/5





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