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Times of India
A tale of a brother, sister and their special bond and journey of self realisation.
Few movies stay with you and fewer still catapult you into their world of imagination and leave you spellbound with it. 'Happy Journey' is both of this. After his 2012 directorial 'Aiyya' which didn't quite please the audience, Sachin Kundalkar returns with a bang and how.
The story unfolds in the picturesque rural pockets of Goa; a lesser known Goa captured brilliantly on the lens by Rangarajan Ramabadran. It starts with a tragic event in the Naik family but soon becomes the story of Niranjan (Atul). As a young and hard working kid, Niranjan is sent to Dubai by his father due to lack of money for the family to survive. Though he carries out his duties as a son by sending money to his parents regularly, Niranjan becomes detached and devoid of emotions, partly due to growing up on his own. So when his chirpy sister Janaki (Priya) urges him to join her on a journey, he refuses. Later, after realising that he hasn't spent much time with her, he agrees and thus begins their journey; a journey of finding love, a journey of realisation and a journey of making things right.
This is the kind of film that pulls you into it since the first shot. In this case the tragic loss of a family member. But thankfully instead of banking on the loss, what unfolds before you is a completely fresh story of a special relationship- that of a brother and a sister. Over time, new people come into the picture like Janaki's love interest Ajinkya (Siddharth Menon) and Niranjan's girlfriend Alice (Pallavi), but the film belongs to Atul and Priya's brother-sister bond.
Atul's perfection is on display as he gets under the skin of his emotionally cold yet caring character. Pallavi and Siddharth do well in their small roles and cameos from Shiv Subramaniam and Chitra Palekar are noticeable. But apart from Atul, the other actor who deserves an equal share of credit is Priya. She delivers a beautiful performance that makes you appreciate her more than before.
The film suffers strays a bit in the second half and little portions could've been done away with to keep the length crisp. But this is one journey you would not regret going on, at all.'
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