‘Mubarakan’ movie review By G9 Divya Solgama

Expectations: Though Ashok Kumar starrer ‘Kismet’ is termed as one of Hindi cinema’s first films with a double role. It was Dev Anand’s ‘Hum Dono’ and Dilip Kumar’s ‘Ram Aur Shyam’, which managed to establish the genre of double role films in our Hindi cinema. ‘Ram Aur Shyam’, also established the genre of comical films with identical twins. There was a time when almost every actor right from Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Sanjeev Kumar, Salman Khan, Govinda and many others ventured into the popular territory of double role based comical films. The treatment in most of the films was same, but then there were films like ‘Angoor’ and ‘Gora Aur Kala’, where the makers tried to enhance this genre by adding finesse and more to their characters. The genre lost its soul in today’s times due to the stale treatment until the arrival of ‘Dhoom 3’, where Aamir Khan was brilliantly presented with the help of modern technology. Though, the attempt was by director Shankar in his film ‘Jeans’, but ‘D3’ was advanced and perfect. Finally, it’s time for today’s young actors to venture into this genre and here’s Arjun Kapoor with his latest film ‘Mubarakan’. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Mubarakan’ will manage to tickle your funny bone or might end up being one staler clone of all the films which we have watched and cherished under this genre.

Story: ‘Mubarakan’ is a story of identical twins Karan Singh and Charan Singh (Arjun Kapoor). After the accident of their parents, Karan and Charan are raised separately by their aunt Jeeto (Ratna Pathak Shah) in London and uncle Baldev Singh (Pawan Malhotra) in India. Karan is a happy go lucky type of guy who is in love with Sweety (Ileana D’Cruz), while Charan is a sweet and innocent guy who wants to get married to Nafisa (Neha Sharma). Jeeto decides to get Karan married to their family friend Sandhu’s (Rahul Dev) daughter Binkle (Athiya Shetty). Sadly, things get interchanged and both Karan and Charan decide to seek the help of their younger uncle Kartar Singh (Anil Kapoor). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

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Screenplay & Technical Details: The story might look typical, but is different, yet belongs to the same genre. The comical part in this movie is not slapstick as we used to see in yesteryear films. It’s more of situational and has been presented in a decent manner. The lead characters (Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pawan Malhotra, etc) have been presented with their unique style and a well justified role. The first half is totally enjoyable with back to back funny scenes. The movie is on its comical journey right from the Ileana-Ratna Pathak’s tiff at the mall followed by Arjun sharing his problem to Anil Kapoor, Arjun’s visit to Aathiya’s house, Pawan Malhotra’s fight with Ratna Pathak Shah, Arjun’s conversation with Pawan, Arjun and his family at Ileana’s house, Anil Kapoor on Skype call with both Arjun’s and Ileana, Ratna inviting Anil for marriage, Neha at Arjun’s engagement, Pawan Malhotra doubting Arjun for drugs, Anil Kapoor messing all situations, Ratna and Pawan firing Anil followed by both Arjun’s firing Anil Kapoor and many such scenes will keep you all the way laughing to the finale. The finale is decent but should have more funny elements attached to it. Nevertheless, looking back to the climax of director Anees Bazmi’s last few films, this one is sober and has managed not to mess up at any point. The dialogues are witty and apt as per the flow of the film. The comic timing and small nuances in the movie are perfect. The writers have kept the humour quotient high in the first half and moderate in the second half. The humour dries out in the middle portions, but tries to make it up in the later part of the film. Arjun-Neha-Athiya track starts on the right note, but fails to enhance. It’s a bit cluttered and unconvincing. Due to the weak writing of this part, the track of Arjun Kapoor as Charan gets diluted. Some of the characters in the film are super loud, which might not go well with Non-Punjabi audience. The cinematography is good and presents the movie in a stylish manner. The special effects related to Arjun’s double role is mind blowing. It has indeed managed to surpass the excellence witnessed in ‘Dhoom 3’.

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Music: Music has to be fantastic or peppy in such kind of films. Sadly, the music of ‘Mubarakan’ will only cater to the Punjabi understanding audience. Besides ‘Hawa Hawa’ (remade for more than five times), there is nothing enjoyable. Anil Kapoor’s dance in ‘The Goggle Song’ is enjoyable, but the heavy dose of Punjabi lyrics ruins the fun. Other songs are full of Punjabi lyrics, which a normal Hindi speaking person will fail to understand and will instantly disconnect from the movie. Background music is good.

Direction: Director Annes Bazmee is known for giving us some of the enjoyable comedies right from his writer days. His movies have been enjoyed and cherished by the mass audience on the silver screen as well as television. Though, he has been labelled as typical masala potboiler director, but ‘Mubarakan’ is unlike his many massy kind of comical films. The comedy out here is subtle and clean. It’s a film where you can enjoy with your family. It’s just that couple of tracks are not up to the mark and the finale should have been more entertaining. Besides, these flaws and the loud Punjabi tone in the film the movie is a full paisa vasool type of entertainer.

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Performances: Anil Kapoor is sweet and charming in this movie. His comic timing is fantastic. Remove him from the movie and there will be a huge vacuum in the film. Arjun Kapoor as Charan is highly lovable as well as enjoyable. The innocence on his face adds up as an additional point for his character. The track of Karan could have been interesting if it had more detailing attached to it. Also, Karan’s dressing is a bit worrying. Ileana D’Cruz looks beautiful and does her part with total grace. The anger in her character is enjoyable. Athiya Shetty looks terrible and fails to act. A better actress in her role would have doubled the fun. Ratna Pathak Shah and Pawan Malhotra are key pillars of this movie. They are unshakable and shines out in every scene. Neha Sharma, Rahul Dev, Karan Kundra are wasted.

Final Verdict: On an overall basis, ‘Mubarakan’ is a festivity of family funniness which has been missing for a long time in our Hindi cinema. The movie is a strict no for all those who feast on realistic type of cinema, but is a feast for all those who love fun loving entertainers presented in total Bollywoodia style.

Rating – 3.5/5 [Source – Bollywood Times]