Director: Anees Bazmee
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Ileana D'Cruz, Athiya Shetty
Anees Bazmee does it again. The filmmaker used the perfect recipe to make a complete laugh riot. After 'No Entry' (2005) and 'Welcome' (2007), 'Mubarakan' is a great blend of clean, situational and slapstick humour.
The film revolves around twins Karan and Charan, played by Arjun Kapoor, who lose their parents as babies. Their extended family adopts them separately, and no, it is not kept a secret from the brothers. Karan is in love with Sweety (Ileana D'Cruz), while Charan is in a relationship with Nafisa (Neha Sharma). But Ratna Pathak Shah, who plays Karan's mother, fixes his alliance with Binkle (Athiya Shetty). In order to avoid a wedding fiasco, Karan traps the innocent Charan and convinces his family that his younger brother-by-five minutes will be perfect for Binkle, and the family agrees. Enter Uncle Kartar Singh (Anil Kapoor), who supports the twins in foiling the alliance. In the process to avoid hurting the family or rather bearing the wrath of the over-excited and diamond-clad Punjabi family, Karan and Charan continue to lie. Adding to the already confused situation is Kartar's out of the box plans which make matters worse.
The first half of the film keeps the momentum and comic elements to the maximum. Somehow, it dips a little in the second half only to be lifted by Arjun's final line. The music, while not so outstanding goes hand in hand with the film and will easily work for parties. There is a bit of rona-dhona too, but no family entertainer is complete without that, right? The best part is that Anees doesn't exploit the 'twin-angle' like most twin character films. Playing double role, Arjun has done a fantastic job; he doesn't leave his loud character as Karan and maintains the sober and calm persona as Charan throughout the film. The only time you see the actor slipping from the character is when they get on the dance floor. Without doubt and as expected, Anil Kapoor steals everyone's thunder with his performance. He keeps the entertainment quotient going. Ileana D'Cruz tries hard to fit into the 'Punjab Ki Sikhni' character, but is not that effective, while Athiya Shetty as the shy and demure bride-to-be is almost non-existent. It would be unfair to not mention Ratna Pathak Shah and Pavan Malhotra, who keep the story running with their talent as experienced actors.
While the film is largely hilarious and can leave you in splits, some elements and dialogues like Iss baar Christmas 25 ko hai? and Yeh mooli maamuli nehi hai disappoints. Having the British house help talk in Punjabi is not funny. Rahul Dev, who plays Binkle's father, is absolutely wasted in the plot and roping in Karan Kundra as her brother was a bad idea. Continuing Bazmee's formulaic mix, 'Mubarakan' is perfect film for a family weekend. The music goes hand in hand with the film. It is indeed paisa vasool and a fun watch.
Watch the trailer of 'Mubarakan'