It’s precarious to aim xenophobic jokes that contain good-natured mocking of one other nation or your lengthy-time rivals, however director Mudassar Aziz does a nice job of it in his newest comedy Comfortable Phirr Bhag Jayegi.
The Bollywood comedy of errors, set towards the backdrop of mistaken identities in China, has a volley of jabs directed at Pakistan and China. However credit score needs to be given the place it’s due. Actor Jimmy Sheirgill, who returns because the rakish politician from Punjab, Daman Singh Baaga, within the second a part of 2016 caper, delivers these tough jokes along with his trademark poker face. His sardonic dialogue supply and wry digs in any respect these round him, in addition to himself, is a deal with to observe.
He’s nonetheless unfortunate in love and his streak of getting stood up on the altar — whereas on a horse in ornate garments — gathers extra advantage within the second instalment. A weird circumstance involving some convoluted world commerce offers later, Baaga finds himself in China alongside along with his Pakistani companion-in-crime Usman Afridi, performed by Piyush Mishra. They each have probably the most endearing chemistry between them and director Aziz milks it to the final drop.
Sonakshi Sinha and singer Jassie Gill are the brand new additions to the unique that was dominated by Diana Penty because the feisty Punjabi lass who does a runner in her wedding ceremony to Baaga. There’s little or no of Penty within the second instalment. However we aren’t complaining. Sinha, as Harpreet Kaur, stands tall amongst a proficient set of actors. The adage, ‘what’s in a reputation?’, gathers a complete new which means when kidnappings orchestrated by goofy villains in slick fits go improper after they choose up the mistaken lady with the identical identify on the airport. The second the 2 Happys (Sinha and Penty) set foot on the China soil, all hell breaks free.
Gill, because the unassuming Indian expatriate in China who’s reluctantly pulled into Comfortable’s [Sinha] messy world, is a revelation. He shows a quiet confidence and it’s heartening to look at him spar with Baaga — who’s additionally thrown into the identification combine-up crises.
The backbone of any comedy depends lots on its ineffective, zany villains. HPBJ has its fair proportion of them. Actor Denzil Smith as a suave and erudite businessman — with a penchant for educating the Chinese language learn how to make a biryani and never simply their sticky rice in his down time — builds a great case for himself. He’s polished on the floor, however rotten inside. In the event you ask what his crime is, then I wouldn’t have the ability to reply as a result of the conflicts are approach too convoluted on this comedy. There’s some speak of commerce agreements with China and India, however its relevance stays shaky.
Whereas the plot twists on this mad caper is predictable, what lastly wears down this comedy is its interminable, lengthy-winded size. At a hundred thirty five-minute operating time, it will get tedious and your curiosity tends to wane with all of the random combine-ups which might be thrown your approach. Whereas it’s refreshing to see a unfastened construction in a comedy, among the twists appear painfully useless.
But it surely has some sensible, sassy one-liners. They don’t attempt too exhausting on the humour and that has its personal attraction. You might be prone to stroll out of cinemas with a smile in your face, however that smile might have developed right into a hearty grin had the size been snipped by at the least 20 minutes.
However it’s nonetheless a jolly trip for the viewers.
- Sonakshi Sinha as Harpreet “Happy” Kaur
- Diana Penty as Harpreet “Happy” Kaur (extended special appearance)
- Jimmy Sheirgill as Daman Singh Bagga
- Ali Fazal as Guddu
- Jassi Gill as Khushwant Singh Gill
- Piyush Mishra as Usman Afridi
- Aparshakti Khurana
- Jason Tham as Chang
- Bijou Thaangjam as Chinese Agent