What Is the Film About?
It is all chaos outside when Rithvik Sodhi (Vennela Kishore) passes a gun amendment law making firearms mandatory for the public.
Amidst the situation, Happy (Lavanya Tripathi) attends a birthday party. Ritz Grand is the location, and it becomes a melting pot for many characters with quirky behaviours to go all guns blazing under unique circumstances. What happens, in the end, is the movie’s overall plot.
Lavanya Tripathi gets the central role playing Happy. There is also a twist in the tale. It offers her to explore shades previously not done before. She is game for it and goes all the way. But, a poorly sketched character undoes all her hard work. One never really warms up to her, chiefly due to the writing. Still, it is a better outing for Lavanya Tripathi than some of her ‘bigger’ ones.
Ritesh Rana of Mathu Vadalara fame directs Happy Birthday. Much like his debut, his sophomore attempt too is a comedy, but the setting and background give it a unique flavour.
The whole comedy is set on a futuristic or rather unrealistic premise. It is what gives way to surrealism and hence the ‘Surreal Comedy’ as the makers proclaim. What if the public at large is given access to firearms is the foundation on which the whole narrative is built.
The story, however, shifts to a glitzy hotel, Ritz, where all the action takes place. The director populates the space with multiple characters with crazy quirks and antics. So we have Naresh Agastya, Viva Harsha, Gundu Sudharshan, and other artists doing bits and pieces roles who come in and out of the narrative.
The idea of having the screenplay structured chapter-wise is nice. The whole thing could then be seen as extended shorts whereby the joining would result in the larger picture. Again, it’s an idea that is fine only on paper but comes across as messy on screen.
What makes matters worse is the chapters further belong to different genre styles. The Robbery track, The Sad App block, and The Jail sequences are just a sample. There are more, and everything is fused together with ludicrous and over-the-top scenes. It results in an uneven narrative.
The first half appears passable as the narrative takes shape, and we are only getting introduced to the key players. The interval is alright and makes one eagerly look forward to what lies ahead.
The second half sadly fails to deliver. A few funny moments aside, there is hardly anything that works. We can see that a lot of effort has been put in, but the writing lets the whole thing down. Too many characters don’t help the cause either, as the narrative feels all over the place.
By the time one reaches the climax, it is exhausting. One wishes the whole thing to end soon. The stylistic choices and editing make one’s head spin in sheer frustration or boredom.
Overall, Happy Birthday is a different attempt in the comedy genre. But, it fails to provide a cohesive narrative from the start to the end. It ends up boring and scratching our heads. If you like something truly out of the box, even if it is bad, give the movie a try; otherwise, stay away.
Performances by Others Actors
Happy Birthday is filled with character artists. It might not be an overstatement to say that every alternative scene has a new one popping up. It is, therefore, entirely to the credit of Sathya and Vennela Kishore to stand out among them.
Satya, who impressed everyone with his act in the director’s previous film Mathu Vadlara, is at it again. His act is show-stealing and saving grace at the same time. Vennela Kishore is an established name, and he proves here that whenever there is some stuff to his role, he shines. We see that with Happy Birthday.
Viva Harsha stands out among the rest to an extent, which comprises names like Gundu Sudarshan, Rahul Ramakrishna, Viva Hasha, etc. The remaining lot of the actors are alright.
Music and Other Departments?
Kaala Bhaivara provides music to Happy Birthday. The songs are forgettable, but he maintains a good consistency with the background score. The sound design adds to the tone of the movie. Suresh Sarangam’s cinematography helps in giving Happy Birthday a unique look and feel. For a low-budget fare, the whole thing looks quite classy and slick.
Unfortunately, Happy Birthday fails in the editing departments. Karthika Srinivas R’s work gives the narrative a messy look and feels. The writing is a mixed bag, with the entertainment working out only in parts.
Few Comedy Segments
Cutting down on a few characters and a slight expansion of the world and exploring it further with the existing characters would have given a better breathing space to the proceedings and made it look less clumsy.
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, in parts
Will You Recommend It?
Happy Birthday Telugu Movie Review by Mirchi9
After a passable first half, Happy Birthday’s second half shows no improvement. There are random fun moments, but most of the narrative is patience-testing, and all over the place. Only Kaala Bhairava’s BGM delivers consistently. Watch out for our review coming soon.
— Happy Birthday is heading to the climax with some real over the top stuff.
— Lavanya jail scenes are sure test the patience levels.
— Happy Birthday second half started. More chapters and more characters getting introduced.
First Half Report:
Happy Birthday first half is quirky and wacky where comedy works in parts provided the right expectations are set.
The first half is passable mainly due to the entertainment and a lot depends on the second half.
— After Happy and Lucky episodes, third chapter introduces Max Pain (comedian Satya).
— Happy Birthday show started. Politician Vennela Kishore gets the Gun bill passed. People across the nation are celebrating the gun amendment. Gun is like a candy, almost everyone carrying it.
Happy Birthday Telugu Movie Review, U.S. Premiere Updates will begin shortly.
Happy Birthday Pre-Release Talk:
Happy Birthday, releasing this Friday is a small film that is creating quite a buzz. It comes from Ritesh Rana, the director of surprise quirky thriller cum entertainer Mathu Vadalara in 2019.
On the surface, Happy Birthday is a comedy; however, how it’s presented and promoted as a ‘Surreal Comedy’ changes the whole equation. There seems to be clarity from the makers regarding what it (the movie) wants to be, and it has therefore generated some traction.
Lavanya Tripathi billed as the ‘star’ of Happy Birthday, obviously gains a lot if it succeeds. However, it will be Ritesh Rana and the comic gang who benefit the most. The director especially can create a small name for himself in the niche segment.
A big banner like Mythri Movies backing a niche film is always a welcome trend. Success will boost the producers, Chiranjeevi (Cherry) and Hemalatha Pedamallu, to take bigger risks. The same combo had previously delivered Mathu Vadalara, which is now the biggest positive sign for Happy Birthday.
Happy Birthday stars Vennela Kishore, Sathya, Naresh Agastya and others in crucial roles. Kaala Bhairava provides the music to the wacky entertainer.
Mirchi9, as always, will you the ‘First-On-Net’ Happy Birthday Telugu movie review genuinely and honestly. Watch this space for our updates.