What is it all about?
New age wonder Nila Madhab Panda ( I am Kalam, Jal Pari) next 'Babloo Hapy Hai' is an earnest in its intent to spread the message of HIV amongst the new generation but as its misleading title the movie in its attempt falls short of imagination, raw emotions, depth and cinematic statement in its unwanted 'trip' for commercial box office 'highs' and as a result even misses the bus for critical praise.
Jatin (Sahil Anand) is engaged to a demanding Tamanna (Preet Kamal) , before taking the plunge Jatin wants to enjoy his remaining bachelor hood with his best pals Harry (Sumit Suri) and Rohan (Amol Parashar). On bachelors day party Jatin bumps into Natasha (Erica Fernandes) for a one night stand. Things go up and down when on a road trip to Manali to be a part of his to be wifey's Aids awareness project Jatin meets Natasha again and then there are discoveries, disclosers about HIV - the disease and its myth.
What to look out for
The execution is baffling but certainly the intention deserves a round of applause. Technicalities are of high standards. Shubhranshu Das camera does lot of talking its almost being in Manali. The actors Sahil, Sumit and Amol give a spirited performance. The girls Erica and Preet are likable.
Nila Madhab Panda execution lacks focus and the message comes late.. There is no contrast in his endeavor and not much insight about the disease is shared to the target naive audience. Misses the role of the government and the society in this matter and what progress science has made to curb this disease. There is lack of insight and everything is done in a feel good manner. Yes it's not a documentary but we have had some great films like Philadelphia, Angels in America from Hollywood even our My Friend Nikhil was a noble and novel in its approach.
Conclusion: Caught between the commercial push and artistic pull of cinema 'Babloo Happy Hai' is earnest in its intent but gets so playful in its content to get any serious notice.