Mubarakan Movie Review: Anil Kapoor steals the show in Bazmee's No Brainer
Aneez Bazmee is known for his out and out family comedies like Welcome and Singh Is King which hold a high repeat value for the audience. This time around he brings a comedy of errors of a big fat Punjabi family called ‘Mubarakan’. The mad confusion does give a few laughs but only if you leave your brains at home.
Two twins Karan and Charan (Arjun Kapoor) get separated in their childhood when their uncle Kartar Singh (Anil Kapoor) sends one of them to his sister (Ratna Pathak Shah) in London and another one to his brother (Pawan Malhotra) in Chandigarh due to their parent’s death in a car accident. They reunite when their guardians decide to get them married. However, they already have girlfriends. Unable to communicate the same to their guardians, they seek help from their uncle Kartar Singh but he worsens the situation for them and a huge chaos of confusion follows.
The director tries to approach the no-brainer by through an effective storytelling but it is the characters and few hilarious lines which makes the film work on some level. It has its ups and downs but still is far from the entertainer Welcome or Singh is King was. The jokes are a bit cliché and evokes a feeling of patriarchy and racism.
The songs are peppy but there are too many of them in the film. You can easily take many pee breaks in the fairly long movie which could have easily chopped down by 15-20 mins.
Talking about the performances, it is Anil Kapoor who steals the show. Every time he’s on screen he makes for a good laughter. Arjun Kapoor performs decently in both his roles. Ileana also puts up a good act, however the other lead actress Athiya Shetty needs to really work on her acting skills. The supporting cast comprising of Ratna Pathak Shah, Pawan Malhotra and Rahul Dev is too good.
In all, if you like Bollywood no-brainers, then you can surely give Mubarakan a chance.