Mindless and slapstick comedy genre films were prevalent in Bollywood at one time but in today’s time films of this genre are rarely seen. The recent releases came after comedy films like Housefull 3, A Flying Jatt, Guest in London, Mubarakan. In the promo, the film looked like a grand, spacious, clean and family entertainer. So does this film manage to entertain, or does it disappoint the audience, let’s review.
The story of Mubarakan revolves around a family of twin brothers and the madness that follows. Karan (Arjun Kapoor) lives in London, while Charan (Arjun Kapoor), his twin brother, lives in Punjab. Karan is in love with Sweety (Ileana D’Cruz), while Charan is in love with Nafisa (Neha Sharma). Unfortunately, both are unable to reveal about their relationship to their respective family members. Meanwhile, Jeeto (Ratna Pathak Shah) who takes care of Karan decides to marry Charan to Binkle (Athiya Shetty), daughter of the very rich man Mr. Sandhu (Rahul Dev). Charan goes through this exasperating and he seeks the help of his uncle Kartar (Anil Kapoor) in this matter. He successfully manages to find out that Charan and Binkle’s marriage has not been fixed, but is the result of a tussle between Jeeto and Balwinder (Pawan Malhotra), who is Jeeto’s brother and Charan’s guardian. And not only this, Balwinder arranges Charan’s marriage with Sweety while Jeeto decides that Karan should marry Binkle. How these twin brothers and Kartar try to solve their problems and this confusion drives the rest of the film forward.
Mubarakan doesn’t start with anything special. In the first ten minutes, too much information is given to the audience. The characters are introduced randomly and the jokes are not funny at all. The fun in the film comes when Charan goes to Binkle’s house to talk about arranged marriage and everything goes wrong. From here, the film progresses and many funny and dramatic scenes are seen. The interval of the film takes place at a crucial juncture. Surprisingly, the film slows down in the second half. Here the film gets awkward and feels drawn out. The film picks up pace again during the climax and ends on a good note.
The story of Balwinder Singh Janjua and Rupinder Chahal is complex but believable. Balwinder Singh Janjua and Gurmeet Singh’s screenplay eases up the pace of the film. Despite the craziness and double role, the audience is not confused at all. Rajesh Chawla’s dialogues are one of the high points of the film. The one liners of the film are fun and make many scenes of the film even more engaging.
Anees Bazmee’s direction is simple, much needed, and delivers an intriguing story. In the past too, he has produced intriguing films like No Entry, Welcome, Ready and Welcome Back quite well. Apart from this, he has used the entire Punjabi element in the film and it will be loved by the Punjabi community very much.Talking about acting, Arjun Kapoor does a great job in both the roles. As Karan, he looks mischievous and over-confident. As Charan, he appears to be shy and a bit shy. Apart from this, there are many such scenes in the film where both the characters are seen together. It must have been very difficult for him to do a scene twice. But he did it well. Anil Kapoor is the life of this film. And it was because of him that the film got a tinge of humor and masala. The best part is that he not only makes the audience laugh but he also makes your eyes moist in many scenes. Worthy of praise is Ileana D’Cruz, who looks glamorous and plays her character with full confidence. She could be wrong, but she allowed herself to go down to a point
gives. Athiya Shetty looks a bit different but gets less screenspace as compared to other characters. But here she does a good job with her debut film (Hero). Ratna Pathak, who did a great job in her previous film Lipstick Under My Burkha, once again gives a stellar performance in the film. Pawan Malhotra stunned everyone with his stellar performance. , Neha Sharma does a good job playing an important role in the film. She deserves to be seen more. Rahul Dev, too, looks great in this film and his role manages to forget the villainous role of his previous films. Karan Kundrra leaves his mark. The rest of the actors do a great job.
In a family entertainer like Mubarakan, idly songs should have been an integral part of the film. But surprisingly, not a single song from the film is worth remembering. ‘Hawa Hawa’ is probably the best song ever. After that the song ‘The Google’ is also good. ‘Jatt Jaguar’ and ‘Haath Mein The Haath’ were sadly unwanted. Amar Mohile’s background score is filmy and makes for fun.
Durgaprasad Mohapatra’s production design and Himman Dhamiya’s cinematography are eye-catching, adding to the richness of the film. The work of the VFX team for the double role deserves praise. Rameshwar S Bhagat’s editing could have been tighter as the film gets stretched at many places in the second half.
Overall, Mubarakan is a fun entertainer that should appeal to the entire family. The film has a strong Punjabi tadka, which enhances the film’s potential in North India, Canada and Australia. The film will do well for a week at the box office as there is no other strong film in front of it. It is normal to see this.