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Happy Bhag Jayegi movie review: A story of an Indian bride who lands in Pakistan

11:39 PM | 19 Aug, 2016
Happy Bhag Jayegi movie review: A story of an Indian bride who lands in Pakistan
MUMBAI (Web Desk) – Happy Bhaag Jayegi is set in Punjab, where a vibrant, young and independent woman Diana Penty (Happy) is thrust into marriage by her parents to Jimmy Shergill (Daman Singh Bagga) who is a local political goon in Amritsar.

But when you imagine that the duo will experience a happy life together, things take a drastic turn or rather we can say a curious turn when Happy runs away from the marriage hall leaving everyone confused. Her main intention to run away is to marry the love of her life Guddu (Ali Fazal).

The program goes awry and she lands not in the arms of the man she loves, but in another country. Thanks to a mix-up, Happy travels in the back of a truck from Amritsar to Pakistan and finds herself in the home of Bilal Ahmed (Abhay Deol), the son of a powerful politician.

At first taken aback by her abrasive manner, Bilal decides to help Happy. Except that his plan is so convoluted it makes no sense.

Instead of Happy returning to India and marrying Guddu (which would have resolved the film’s main conflict in 30 minutes), she prefers to stay back in Pakistan. The idea is to bring Guddu to Pakistan and get the two married to avoid any opposition.

It looks like even Aziz knows how silly this sounds, so he peppers “Happy Bhag Jayegi” with one-liners and slapstick comedy to distract us from the lack of profundity in the report.

The dialogue is uneven - funny in parts, but rambling otherwise. With a playing time of two hours and a plot that stretches thin, there are more gadgets than you can count, including a final-minute kidnapping, jailbreaks and chaotic weddings. But just when you think it’s all roughly to get undone, there is a amusing line or a touching moment that Aziz throws at you, redeeming himself and the movie.

Abhay Deol, who has built a vocation out of playing the confused man in love, is responsible for most of these bits. His Bilal is the standout performance of the film, eclipsing Diana Penty in the title character. Penty is reminiscent of Deepika Padukone of her early years in this film -- evoking the same wide-eyed expressions and awkward dialogue delivery.

Ali Fazal plays the wide-eyed slacker boyfriend to the hilt, and Jimmy Sheirgill can probably sleepwalk through the “tough guy-who-doesn’t-take-the-girl” character by now.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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