Anees Bazmee’s Welcome is one of the most unappreciated comedies of recent times. However, over the years, it has become one of the most watched movies on TV. In fact, its situational comedy is a lesson in comic timing and how to carry off a slapstick humour. This astonishingly funny film revolves around an eligible bachelor who falls in love with a gangster’s sister, and how he creates confusion to have his way. Since then, Bazmee has directed Singh Is Kinng, No Problem, Thank You, Ready and Welcome Back. All these movies had the theme of marriage at the center.
Filmmaker Anees Bazmee has been entertaining us with his crazy comedies spinning around funny situations about wedding since the 2005 hit film No Entry and in his latest offering, Bazmee offers us the chacha-bhatija Jodi of Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor for the very first time.
Mubarakan opens in 1990s England. Some rather irresponsible driving leads to a car crash resulting in orphaned twins who are adopted by a doting aunt and an equally doting uncle, respectively. Karan grows up in London while Charan is raised in Chandigarh.
Unlike their appearance (Arjun Kapoor in a double role), the brother’s personalities are not same. Karan is fast-talking; Charan is meek. They have another thing in common: the incapability to disclose the truth about their love lives to their family.
Established in Punjab and London, Mubarakan spins around twins Karan and Charan (Arjun Kapoor), who grew up with the siblings of their deceased father. When the questions of their marriage arises, it leads to a comedy of errors, specially caused by their well-meaning uncle Kartar Singh (Anil Kapoor), whose ideas lead to hilarious misunderstandings. Will Karan and Charan manage to get married to Sweety (Ileana D'Cruz) and Binkle (Athiya Shetty) or will Kartar Singh royally mess this up too? See the movie to find out...
Anil Kapoor is brilliant with his half Brit-half Punjabi performance lifting the film throughout. Arjun’s double-act allows for some smiles and the girls, Ileana, Athiya and Neha are beautiful girls and delightful to see.
Now, it would not be an overstatement to say that the movie rides on the shoulders of two veteran actors as Anil Kapoor and Pavan Malhotra, who plays Charan's strict father. As Kartar Singh, the functional alcoholic uncle, Anil Kapoor is a sheer delight to watch and owns every scene that he is a part of. His screen presence and charisma is so influential that he easily overshadows everybody else once he enters the frame. On his part, Pavan Malhotra, who has mostly played serious and intense roles in the past, delivers a stellar act as the stern patriarch, whose temper is the cause of many hilarious situations. Ratna Pathak Shah and Rahul Dev are really good.
As for the movie itself, Mubarakan may not be compare with Bazmee's No Entry or Welcome, but it does manage to provide good entertainment for the whole family. The comedy is clean, the one-liners are laughable, the characters are crazy and the plot is well written. Bazmee deserves credit for coming up with yet another madcap plot with misunderstandings galore that will have you giggling in your seats. Though there are parts, which stretch needlessly, you are ready to forgive the makers for it as Anil Kapoor compensates for it with his act. Anil Kapoor doesn't disappoint one bit in this film.
The songs as Tu Goggle Paa Ke Nache and a remix of the Hawa Hawa are tuneful.
Overall, it is worthy to watch once for Anil Kapoor’s stellar act and its entertainment quotient.