'Mubarakan' Review: A Non-Stop Laughter Ride

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By Murtaza Ali Khan

Mubarakan, Poster

Mubarakan is the latest offering from writer-director Anees Bazmee who is known for making blockbusters like Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, No Entry, Welcome, Singh Is Kinng, and Ready.  Mubarkan stars Arjun Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz, Athiya Shetty, Ratna Pathak, and Pavan Malhotra in pivotal roles with Neha Sharma, Karan Kundra and Rahul Dev making cameo appearances. The family comedy film revolves around twin brothers, Karan and Charan, brought up in London and Punjab, respectively, after they lose their parents in a car crash.

Mubarakan is a laughter ride, a non-stop entertainer from start to finish. Anees Bazmee has a reputation of making family entertainers and Mubarakan proves to be a worthy addition to his body of work. Mubarakan joins the long list of Bollywood movies based on the Indian diaspora. The theme of marriage is quite popular when it comes to Bollywood and when it’s neatly packaged as a comedy it becomes a hot favorite.'

Mubarakan is just the kind of cinema that the Indian masses crave for. It’s a formula that’s unlikely to fail in a diverse and colorful country like India where everybody loves to celebrate.  The dozen or two religious festivals are just not enough. Festivities are an innate part of our lives. And marriage functions are the grandest of them all. For Indians, marriage is just not a union of two individuals but it’s an alliance of two families. It’s an occasion that gets everyone excited—be it the children, the young, or the old—for it is perceived as the greatest celebration of life. Some of the biggest commercial hits in the history of Hindi cinema revolved around the theme of marriage. But then we also have examples like Shaandaar.

What works best in Mubarakan’s favor are its dialogues that succeed in packing a punch! But there is no denying that the dialogues are only as good as the actor who delivers them. The performances of Anil Kapoor, Pavan Malhotra, Ratna Pathak, Arjun Kapoor, and  Ileana D'Cruz make Mubarakan memorable. The film would have required the actors to do long rehearsals. Bazmee, to his credit, exercises great command over his actors as well as the source material available at his disposal and it shows in every frame.

Overall, Mubarakan has all the makings of a family entertainer.  The movie is neither unique nor flawless but it does exactly what it sets out to achieve i.e. to make people laugh. Mubarakan’s theme of a big fat Punjabi destination wedding in London is what serves as its USP, other than its ensemble star cast, of course.  Here is a film that you must watch with your family!

Rating: 7/10

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