Director: Anees Bazmee
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Athiya Shetty, Pawan Malhotra, Ratna Pathak Shah
Family entertainers are inclusive of all target groups and that’s why there was an era of these films a decade ago in Bollywood. Nowadays, although film-makers are choosing realistic topics and that is a good thing, this genre is becoming extinct. Anees Bazmee is one of the few film-makers who have given some mind blowing movies in this genre to us in the form of Welcome and No Entry. While Mubarakan is not his best work, it has some good moments.
Mubarakan is a story of a crazy family. There is Karan and Charan (Both Arjun Kapoor) who are twins and their parents want to marry them with good girls. But, there are big complications as both of them have girlfriends but they are too afraid to tell their parents. So here comes Kartar Singh (Anil Kapoor), who comes to rescue Karan and Charan.
Complications are the essence of such entertaining films and Mubarakan has all of it. The angles of Karan, Sweety, Charan, Binkle, Nafisa come together and make one hell of a plot to experience. Anees Bazmee knows how to bring fun out of such situations. The first half is pretty enjoyable with Arjun Kapoor’s double roles hiding the truth from their parents and trying to convince their girlfriends to stay put for a while and the best comes when Anil Kapoor decides to help them. That’s the most enjoyable part of the movie. Anil Kapoor’s highly hilarious presence, his comparison of situation with things like vegetables and shoes, all make up a very humorous first half.
It has happened with many films and it happens with Mubarakan as well. The second half just couldn’t maintain that interest in the story and characters. Once all the family comes together in London, the screenplay keeps dragging and the movie gets boring. Too many songs spoil the mood. I am all in for the confusion until it balances the plot but Nafisa’s role in the film was a bit irrelevant in 2nd half. Karan not loving her and falling for someone else was not convincing. Anees Bazmee has told the story very well overall. If only he could have shortened down the length in the second half, this would have been a very entertaining movie.
Coming to performances, it’s Anil Kapoor who makes the movie engaging and I am not really surprised as be it ‘No Entry’ or ‘Welcome’, Bazmee had kept his faith on Anil Kapoor so Mubarakan was not going to be any different. Anil’s jolly avatar, his funny punches and all those silly schemes in the name of his genius plans are truly ticklish. Every time he is not on screen, the film goes a bit dull. He is that essential to the film.
Arjun Kapoor is decent. His role as a funky cool guy from London is good but he couldn’t do justice to the sardarji guy. It was very dull. His expressions are limited and his comic timing still needs a lot of work. Ileana D’Cruz and Neha Sharma are good but Athiya Shetty fails to deliver that innocence. Pawan Malhotra and Ratna Pathak Shah are seasoned actors and they prove why.
Mubarakan is a film with mixed moods. It has a very good first half but doesn’t continue in the second half. It’s not a thoroughly entertaining film. But, if you are looking for some good laughs with a clean comedy, go for it.