Mubarakan review: Anil Kapoor is the torchbearer in comedy
Mubarakan is this week’s release brings Anil Kapoor with Anees Bazmee, director. In this movie Anil Kapoor brings good laughs. Anees Bazmee’s film is well established without the 60-year-old actor dynamism. There is comedy of errors that appears as a messy affair. There is no doubt that Anil Kapoor dominates the frame of this movie, establishing a fact that age is merely a number and it has not put off his youthful energy. There are two Arjun Kapoors, Ileana D’Cruz, Neha Sharma and thankfully only one Athiya Shetty, yet with all the five together, they are unable to match Anil Kapoors enthusiasm.
Mubarakan is an ensemble comedy that reminds the viewers of Sajid Khan’s movies owing to its tropes such as the foreign setting, mixed identities, a double role, and misunderstandings leading to confusion, chaos and OTT acting (Pavan Raj Malhotra receives the honour here). Of course, the humour is less cringe-worthy, though there are fewer intolerable puns and there is ridiculous names such as Athiya is known by the name Binkle.
The story revolves around Karan and Charan (Arjun Kapoor), identical twins, who are orphaned young and are raised apart by their aunt Jeeto (Ratna Pathak) and uncle Baldev (Malhotra) in London and Punjab respectively. Anil Kapoor, their youngest uncle is Kartar Singh is a bachelor living the high Punjabi life in London using a lot of English with Punjabi-speaking manager Jolly. Trouble begins when Jeeto (Ratna Pathak Shah) and Baldev (Malhotra) begin to arrange the marriages of their sons.
Mubarakan’s narrative rests on both Karan and Charan who fail to inform their parents that they have girlfriends (Ileana D’Cruz as Sweety and Neha Sharma as Nafisa). As the day for the meet-the-bride’s parents goes terribly wrong, Jeeto and Baldev take different ways and look to get their sons married in London on the same date. Soon, Kartar Singh arrives nonsensical ideas to resolve the chaos only and to get backfire repeatedly.
Mubarakan has disconcerting depictions including making the rich father of the bride poorer. The few funny moments are of the senior actors with younger actors unable to hold the scenes. The makers bring Anil Kapoor into many scenes. The songs are superfluous with ill-timed ballad. It appears as Malhotra is on loudspeaker mode, Athiya Shetty on silent mode and writers should give D’Cruz more screen time. Arjun Kapoor was easily outshined by his Chacha on the comic timing front. Mubarakan could have been really a bit more enjoyable.
Rating: 3/5 Star Rating