Woh jo Sotey Huye Parindon ko neeche nahin girne deta Wo Madad karega apne bandon ki. Woh sachcha baadshah.
There are many such dialogues in Mubarakan which remind us of the films written by Qader Khan in the 80s. Indeed, it’s an old world film shot in the new world of Punjab and London. Anees Bazmee who is the director here has been writing and directing films since the 80s and we can feel the aura of 80s here. It’s his 10th film with Anil Kapoor and quite an entertaining one. In the league of Anees bazmi’s previous films – hulchul, pyar to hona hi tha, no entry, welcome, singh is king , ready, welcome back, Mubarakan is also a film based on light banter, little emotions and a lot of quick comic capers. A wholesome entertainer but not a mindless film too.
Mubarakan is not an average film made for just youngsters. It’s one of those films where senior actors are given a longer track so that the story on paper is uplifted by powerful delivery. It’s a film where there is no one hero, everyone contributes to the fun, and besides all the romance, comedy and the essential masala, there is a social message that may particularly appeal to your parents if they accompany you. At the same time, the producer enjoys a sound sleep because the commercials are in place too.
Two brothers Karan Singh and Charan Singh (Simultaneously played by Arjun Kapoor) live in London and Punjab respectively. They have girlfriends that they want to get married to but their orthodox and old school Punjabi parents (who are also stuck in family politics by the way) want a girl of their choice. Chacha Kartar Singh (Anil Kapoor) tries to mend things but worsens the problem in his own quirky ways. Meanwhile the boys fall in and fall out of love. I know. I understand, this confusion is irritating, but in the film sounded quite entertaining thanks to a speedy screenplay that never allowed to feel the monotony of a poor story.
Films starts off with a flavor of loud mannerisms and speech accompanied by louder Punjabi background music in almost every scene. Stellar performances by Ratna Pathak Shah and Pawan Malhotra make the film very adorable. You feel for the characters unlike in other movies made with inexperienced ones. The best thing about the film is certainly Anil Kapoor. In IIFA Awards this year in New York he said on stage-“ Aise hi thodi hain hum 38 saal se industry mein”, well he was right. The fact that he is so talented, has tremendous comic timing, punches, and knows how to modulate a simple dialogue into a hilarious one, he continues to be an average viewer’s favourite actor. In this film, Kartar Singh ( Anil Kaooor ) often breaks into british accent, compares people to things and dotes on his nephews, which finds a way straight into the viewer’s heart. I was reminded of his charm in Ram lakhan, Mr. India, Khel, Jamai Raja and Kishen Kanhaiya. People in the theatre were laughing aloud throughout.
Story of the film? Let’s not even go there, simply because there isn’t any. But the screenplay is taut and crisp and never lets the viewer take a loo break. Except in the end the film is excruciatingly long but never sounds tedious and tiresome because of good humour. The family politics shown between the Bua ji -Ratna Pathak Shah and Pawan Malhotra is oh so adorable.
Illeana D’cruz is good but there is not much for Athiya Shetty and Neha Sharma.
On a final note, this film does wonders for Arjun Kapoor who apart from delivering a few good comic scenes hugely benefits from a stellar cast of master performers.
It’s a no brainer. Just go and have a good laugh, with Family.