Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana Dcruz, Athiya Shetty, Neha Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah
Anees Bazmee films are in a league of their own. They have a very convoluted storyline, chaos and loads of funny moments. If you have signed up to see it, please do not dare to act snooty and say you are above this kind of humour because you have paid for just that.
MUBARAKAN begins in the 90s when Karan and Charan lose their parents. Their one and only relative, their uncle Kartar (Anil Kapoor) tries his level best to keep the kids together and bring them up, but he cannot manage the fete. They are in turn handed over to separate relatives. Karan is brought up by an aunt in London (Ratna Pathak Shah) and Charan in Punjab by an uncle (Pawan Malhotra). Suddenly, overnight the twins become cousins. Yes, this is an Anees Bazmee film, anything can happen.
So while Karan (Arjun Kapoor) is well educated and suave, thanks to his upbringing in London. Charan is, well, pretty much the opposite. While Karan falls in love with Sweety (Ileana D'Cruz), Charan falls in love with a muslim girl (Neha Sharma)… in the whole situation lands Binkle (Athiya) and more confusion entails. Suddenly, Karan finds himself engaged to Binkle and Charan has landed himself Sweety. The only person who can help eradicate this confusion is uncle Kartar. Of course, he takes the matters in hand and causes more confusion than there was to begin with…
The film is absolutely crazy but handling confusion is completely Bazmee’s forte and he does it like a pro. If you have liked films like WELCOME, you will love MUBARAKAN, because the dialogues are funnier and Anil Kapoor is quite simply in his element. The amount of energy that Kapoor alone brings onto the film is enough to keep you reeling. To add to it, he has superb chemistry with Arjun. The two bring the house down. While this is Arjun’s second time twinning, he manages his role beautifully. He is competent and entertaining in equal measures. The girls on the other hand look beautiful in their ornamental existence through the film. All three of them are looking stunning and setting new standards when it comes to fashion but are completely dispensable. It is unfortunate because these are decent actors completely wasted. The film only and only belongs to the Kapoors as does Bazmee’s loyalty.
MUBARAKAN wins in comparison to say a WELCOME BACK because despite the clichés, the casting is fresh. The dialogues are fun, the jokes - at least some of them - are hilarious. This is the kind of film you see with a bunch of buddies, without care for the over-the-top acting and major snags in logic. While the film does really well in the first half, it is unfortunately tips towards melodrama in the second half and with it, the film starts journeying in a downward spiral. The film plot which was as it is wafer-thin begins to crumble and the audience, grumble.