Cast: Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Athiya Shetty, Neha Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pavan Malhotra and Rahul Dev
Director: Anees Bazmee
Quick take: A loud comedy that will put a smile on your face
Mubarakan revolves around twins Charan and Karan (Arjun Kapoor) in a double role. The death of their parents when they were infants prompts their uncle Kartar Singh (Anil Kapoor) to pack Karan with his elder sister (Ratna Pathak Shah) in London and Charan with his elder brother (Pavan Malhotra) in Chandigarh. They grow up with different personalities. While Karan is more street smart, Charan is someone totally dedicated to family. Both secretly have girlfriends, Sweety (Ileana D’Cruz) and Nafisa (Neha Sharma) respectively. Trouble brews when Karan is to be married to millionaire Sandhu’s (Rahul Dev) daughter Binkle (Athiya Shetty) and he sends over Charan instead to London. A comedy of mistaken identities with the added tadka of frayed egos ensues, with everything bring tied neatly in the end by Kartar Singh.
Director Anees Bazmee knows how to make ensemble films. He knows what masses like as well. The film is a tad loud, a bit more melodramatic than comedies are supposed to be but he gets the job done. The best thing about the film is that it doesn’t cater to stereotypes. It doesn’t poke fun on the Punjabi culture or Sardars. Nor does it’s indulge in toilet humour or double entendres. It relies on situations for the gags and they do deliver smiles and even laughter. And Bazmee and his writing team do have their moments of inspired madness as well. There is a scene where Sanjay Kapoor, who is the dead father of Charan and Karan, makes an appearance as a ghost. And since he’s come straight from heaven, an angel is sent as a guard. So you have the angel guarding the parameter as Anil and Sanjay have a tete-a-tete.
Another smart thing done by Bazmee is that he’s taken trusted performers in the cast. Ratna Pathak Shah and Pawan Malhotra can be usually relied upon to deliver the goods and they do so here as well. They look like much in love siblings who have let ego get in the way of their affection. Anil Kapoor too is a hoot as the affectionate uncle who wants everything to turn right for his family. Its the little touches he brings to his character that makes all the difference to the film. He’s a delight to watch and takes your mind away from the film’s gaffes. Arjun Kapoor has tried to bring variation to his twin roles and has largely been effective. He’s better as the submissive Charan than the extrovert Karan. Ileana D’Cruz too has her moments as Karan’s dominating girlfriend. Neha Sharma and Athiya Shetty are pure arm candy.
All-in-all, while Mubarakan suffers from a strained and predictable plot, its silliness does makes you laugh. So go watch the film if indulging in there hours of escapist comedy is your game…