If you rummage through the creative mess, you will find a gem or two. But for that, you really have to sit through BABLOO HAPPY HAI which is part juvenile, part intense.
Director Nilab Madhav Panda, whose I AM KALAM received a good response, disappoints with this tale of three buddies, one of who is about to marry. Shades of ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA here. The guys want to go on a road trip before Jatin (Sahil Anand) settles down with his 'motor-mouth-girlfriend' Tamanah (Preet Kamal).
His buddies Harry (Sumit Suri) and Rohan (Amol Parashar) are cajoled into attending a marriage (while on their road trip) by Tamanah who leaves Jatin with instructions on which outfit to wear at what function. Such is her dominance. She shoots off her mouth (even in public) before even understanding what the situation is with Sahil. In short, Preet does well to turn you off her. Good acting, I must say.
For Tamanah, marriage is going to one perfect party. Jatin is flummoxed, more so, after he wanders into a one night stand with Natasha (Erica Fernandes) during his bachelor's party. The movie takes its quirky turns until it gets us to 'impact point' right at the end.
While the impact and the message is really good, I would like to ask Panda why he took so long to get to the point, and what made him take such a torturous route to do that? CHECK OUT: Amol Parashar, the sane voice of BABLOO HAPPY HAI!
The characters are conveniently crossing paths with each other and everything just goes on smoothly (even in dense snow), including the meeting of Natasha on the road trip and her subsequent presence at the wedding.
All Panda had do was draw a route map for his characters, road map for his plot and meeting point for his ultimate climax. Characters just cannot meet at any moment, anywhere in any situation. For that the director has to sort out their positioning.
To Panda's credit must go his selection of cast. The primary cast all give out a balanced performance. Preet Kamal for her part does manage to incite you, Sumit Suri as Harry the man out to prove his manhood is like your average twenty-something who refuses to grow up while Amol Parashar is creatively subdued in the role he is to portray.
Even Anu Choudhury and Parvin Dabbas impress with their cameo performances. Their back stories are one such gem I was speaking about in the beginning.
But it is debutante Erica Fernandes who impresses with her confidence, poise and body language. A stunner, she performs with the ease of a seasoned pro.
BABLOO HAPPY HAI does have a promising message, but could the confusion of the presentation stem from the fact this film was earlier titled, LOVE IS NOT MATHEMATICS?