Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Athiya Shetty, Neha Sharma, Ratna Pathak ShahDirector: Anees BazmeScore: two troubled twin star adventures come pre-loaded with a certain degree of comedic verve. also mubarakan, directed by anees bazmee of no entry and singh is kinng fame. but in trying to squeeze every ounce of hilarity out of its rudimentary script, the film goes overboard with its excessive playfulness and veers into the realms of inanity. in the deal, he completely misses out after delivering a rather breezy first half. mubarakan is generally childish, occasionally funny, and always blatantly over the top. It’s just the kind of mix of song, dance, comical gags and unbridled madness that the mass Bollywood audience loves so much. thus, there’s a blockbuster written throughout the film, but this bloated mash-up just isn’t for those who like more subtle, fluid humor. mubarakan tries too hard to tickle our funny bones and the effort shows.
His songs and comedic gags are of the routine variety. it propels itself through the seductive power of familiarity, manages to do a tolerable job before the interval, but on the whole, mubarakan is a carefully packaged piece of garbage that never fails to reek of stupidity. if there’s anything positive about this attempt at a laugh, it’s its refusal to take itself seriously, an attribute that makes the film very useful when it begins to stretch beyond the plausible and passable. mubarakan is a comedy that revolves around two weddings and a lot of confusion. Before the lovebirds can solemnize their nuptials at a gurudwara, they have to fly through two and a half hours of turmoil caused by family pressures and misguided love affairs.
arjun kapoor plays twins separated at birth. one, charan, grows as a turbaned sardar in the house of baldev (pavan malhotra) in punjab. The other, Karan, is raised by Baldev’s older sister, Jeeto (Ratna Pathak Shah), in London. in the film’s opening sequence, the two children lose their parents in a road mishap. Her bachelor uncle Kartar (Anil Kapoor), who has turned a rustic part of the UK into a mini Punjab, divides the orphans between his two older brothers, then proceeds to fuel the chaos that ensues when the duo are ready to flirt. Charan, five minutes Karan’s junior, loves Nafisa Qureishi (Neha Sharma) but doesn’t have the guts to let his conservative family know of her feelings for the girl. As a result, his father and his London-based aunt decide that he is a suitable boy for Binkle (Athiya Shetty), the daughter of a wealthy Punjabi (Rahul Dev).
Charan turns to Uncle Kartar for help in ruining the upcoming wedding. At the behest of the uncle, he pretends to be a drug addict. binkle’s father and el brother manpreet (karan kundrra) launch an attack and humiliate charan’s adoptive father, baldev. the latter and jeeto end up fighting so violently over the mess that they stop speaking to each other. baldev, scorned, claims that he will find a bride for charan within a month. he leaves for chandigarh without exchanging goodbyes.
in punjab, baldev meets sweety gill (ileana d’cruz) and chooses her as charan’s future wife. The problem is that, unbeknownst to the world, Sweety is Karan’s girlfriend. she has had the worst possible brush with jeeto, calling her future mother-in-law names of hers that the latter does not quickly forget. Next thing the smug Karan knows, he’s now the one for Binkle. he too seeks Kartar’s intervention to get out of the hole he has dug for himself. the gibberish is nice up to a point, but once the idiocy quotient reaches its peak, the overly long mubarakan gets kind of crazy. however, if it’s not as unbearable as your average bollywood rom-com, some of the credit goes to the actors. As irrepressible as ever, Anil Kapoor adds a little sparkle to the proceedings with his impressive energy levels and hilarious one-liners. demonstrating a comic style that cries out for a better movie than this. The script gives Athiya Shetty the rough end of the stick. her character, as kartar says at one point, is like a tennis ball being tossed back and forth between the charan side of the court and the karan side without being allowed any agency of her own. mubarakan, however, gives ileana d’cruz a lot more space and she makes the most of the opportunity.
neha sharma, in a guest appearance, indulges in little that could be described as special in a role that definitely deserved more attention. She plays a tough Muslim girl with a successful law career who doesn’t fit into the orthodox Sikh brood’s scheme of things and has to settle for a rushed last-minute adjustment, which involves jumping into a new relationship with Binkle’s brother. . that’s a copout of the worst kind. but to expect a nuanced and disruptive social dynamic in a film like mubarakan is to take it more seriously than its own creators. and that’s not a great idea: watch mubarakan i> only if you like comedies that don’t require you to dig deep for logic and meaning.