MUBARAKAN Movie Review: A Complete Family Entertainer

Director : Anees Bazmee
Music : Amaal Malik, Gourav-Roshin, RD Burman-Rishi Rich
Lyrics : Kumar, Rishi Rich, Yash Narvekar and Baadshah
Starring : Arjun Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ileana D''Cruz, Athiya Shetty, Neha Sharma Rahul Dev and Ratha Pathak Shah

July 28, 2017 10:29:37 AM IST
Mubarakan Review By Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
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Filmistaan's Chacha Bhatija - Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor from the Kapoor khandan are finally here. Does Bollywood's escapist laugh doctor Anees Bazmee's (NO ENTRY, WELCOME, SING IS KINNG) MUBARAKAN tickle your funny bones like the classics on double trouble, mismatch and confusion as Hrishikesh Mukherjee's GOLMAAL starring Amol Palekar or the complete no brainer but a solid entertainer like David Dhawan's JUDWAA starring Salman Khan did? Let's find out.


Writers Rupinder Chahal and Balwinder Singh Janjua open this entertainer with a well-intentioned tribute to Bollywood cliches. It's circa 1990 in England. Two little ones Karan and Charan while travelling in a car driven by papa dear played by Sanjay Kapoor (yes, he is back but for a very short while) meet with a deadly accident and lose their parents. Their happy go lucky single uncle Kartar Singh (Anil Kapoor) rises to the occasion but within one and a half day realizes that it's impossible for him to take care of two tiny identical twins. The smart chachu - Katar Singh then hands over Karan to his sister (Ratna Pathak Shah) in London whereas Charan gets adopted by his brother played by Pavan Malhotra in Chandigarh. Twins becomes cousins. Karan (Arjun Kapoor) grows up as the cool London dude dating Sweety (Ileana D'Cruz) and Charan (Arjun Kapoor) grows into a seedha saadha obedient type Sikh youth who is dating a Muslim girl Nafisa (Neha Sharma). Charan's family decides to tie his knot with the Binkle (Athiya Shetty) - daughter of their Sikh family friend in London played by Rahul Dev.

The 'mast mauji' chacha Kartar comes in to rescue Charan driving his red car which reads ''You are chasing a Punjabi,'' carrying a mannequin. Kartar parks his car in no parking area and gets away thanks to the mannequin. Zipping across London, the movie accelerates into a roller costar ride of a crackling nonstop fun where the cross connection between Karan, Sweety, Charan and Binkle leads to hilarious situations scripted and directed by Kartar Singh in the film that leads to chaos, mess, confusion and fun. Nafisa (Neha) also come later adding to the laughter.

Adding more will spoil the fun but one thing is sure, MUBARAKAN is a WELCOME clean family entertainer. Anees Bazmee brilliantly rounds this up well into a colorful, happy laughathon showcasing the Chacha Bhatija duo - Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor in 'jhakaas' form. The tactics and antics of Anil Kapoor in this film to solve problems by his weird inspirations from things happening around is a cracker. Anees Bazmee is spot on right from the word go in this rib tickler and manages to chip in a 'family' message in this entertainer which gives a deja vu of his previous directorial venture READY during the climax.

The second half looses the steam in between and drags a bit but nevertheless the superlative performances and enough LOL (Laugh out Loud) moments makes MUBARAKA a fun filled enjoyable shudh desi Indian laughter shot in sadda Punjab and London.

It's a tough task to hold the interest of the audience in a format which is known, tried and trusted like MUBARAKAN and Aneez Bazmee makes you glued to your seat smiling for the 156 minutes. In Bollywood escapist cinema, logics are shown the 'No Entry' board, we see the madness reaching a point of funny surreality when the spirit of Charan and Karan's father pays a visit to Kartar and we see an angel strolling outside the house. Things, people and places get together according to convenience but a cinegoer going for a time pass fun will not at all complain.

Anyways the'jhakaas' Kapoors are seen having a blast over here and enjoying. Chacha Anil Kapoor is extremely fit and it's amazing that the 58-year-old Anil has maintained his swag and comic timings are intact. The actor astonishingly makes the audience relate the Chacha close to the young Bhatija more than his brothers and sisters played by Ratna Pathak Shah and Pawan Malhotra. When he says ''Baat aapas mein rakhte hain. Youth mein,'' we know he is right.

Pawan Malhotra in this film is a lesson on how to make a loud and over the top character amusing throughout without any harm. Portraying with an outstanding brilliance, Pawan Malhotra delivers a terrifically solid performance in this film.

Arjun Kapoor from his ongoing desi avatars gets a scope to be cool and desi as he plays both Karan and Charan perfectly. But Charan is more enjoyable and endearing and Arjun's moments with Anil Kapoor are wonderful and delivered with impeccable ease and confident.

Ratna Pathak Shah chips in with her controlled melodrama and shines as brightly as her colorful attires. Ileana exudes charm and does very well. Athiya Shetty shows improvement and looks beautiful. Neha Sharma excels in her role. Karan Kundra is fine. Rahul Dev chips in with valuable support.

Production values are top notch and the movie looks rich. Himman Dhamija and Jitan Harmeet Singh's cinematography is eye popping. Rameshwar S. Bhagat's editing is fine. Subodh Srivastava's costume designing deserves a special mention.

Music wise Amaal Mallik and Gourav-Roshin give us the peppy chartbuster 'Tu Goggle Paa Ke Nache' and the 'Hawa Hawa' remix that cheers you up.

All said and done MUBARAKAN is a complete family entertainer worth every cent of your penny spent. Go LOL with your near and dear ones.

(An extra for this no brainer for its sheer capacity to make you LOL, made with the only intention to make the audience and lovers of such genre entertained throughout)

 Mubarakan Review Rating : 
4/5 stars

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