Director – Anees Bazmee
Cast – Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Athiya Shetty, Neha Sharma
Genre – Comedy
Mubarakan revolves around twins Karan and Charan played very effectively by Arjun Kapoor, and their self-confessed ingenious but bumbling uncle Anil Kapoor who comes up with the most novel ideas when their love life is in distress.
Arjun as the self restrained Charan and the effervescent Karan is hilarious but it’s his uncle in real life and on reel Kartar Singh (Kapoor senior) that has you in splits. The female cast especially Ileana D’Cruz as the vivacious sardarni Sweety who plays Karan’s romantic interest is riveting. Athiya Sheety as the coy Binkle and Charan’s love also impresses.
The other cast also gives ample support in the form of Ratna Pathak Shah as the London based bua and Pawan Malhotra as the egoistic hotel tycoon. The best thing about Mubarakan is that comedy is served in dollops without a single double meaning dialogue or vulgar insinuations. For this the credit should go to director Anees Bazmee and writers Rupinder Chahal and Balwinder Singh Januja. Then there is dialogue writer Rajesh Chawla whose clever and smart one liners make sure the smile never leaves your lips!
The second half slows down for a bit in the first 20 minutes or so but is quickly lifted by Kapoor senior. His talent as an actor is once again endorsed by his impeccable portrayal of Kartar.
The Punjabi flavor in the film has been infused beautifully taking into consideration the details of the culture and given a real Punjabi tadka right down to pet names like Sweety and Binkle (the two leading ladies). The ‘Google song’ is foot tapping and music directors Amaal Malik, Rishi Rich and Gourav Roshin have captured the bhangra beats very well.
Watch the film as its situational comedy is a lesson in comic timing!
Reviewed By: Arti Saxena