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Banners: Sony Pictures Networks, Cine1 Studios

Producers: Sony Pictures Networks

Productions, Murad Khetani, Ashwin Varde, 

Director: Anees Bazmee

Cast: Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Athiya Shetty, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pawan Malhotra, Karan Kundra, Rahul Dev, Neha Sharma

Writers: Balwinder Singh Janjua, Rupinder Chahal, Gurmmeet Singh, Rajesh Chawla

Music: Amaal Mallik, Gourav – Roshin, Rishi Rich

Comedy is not an easy business, and even the goofiest gimmicks which look good on paper could easily fall flat on the big screen. Thankfully, Anees Bazmee’s Mubarakan hits all the right notes even though it is a tad loud in many places. But, to borrow an Internet term, prepare to ROFL when you watch this film.

Mubarakan opens with the demise of twins – Charan and Karan (Arjun Kapoor)’s parents in a car crash. Despite such a sombre incident, the film is not serious even for a moment and the mood is always merry.

After their parents’ death, the twins get separated. While Charan is sent to his father’s younger brother (Pawan Malhotra) in Punjab, who raises him as his own son, Karan is brought up by the father’s sister (Ratna Pathak Shah) in London. Thus, in spite of being brothers, the twins have become cousins!

Now all grown up, Charan and Karan’s foster parents want to get them hitched. Karan’s mother has got his rishta done with the rich Sandhu’s daughter – Binkle (Athiya Shetty). However, the over-smart Karan, who is in love with Sweetie (Ileana D’Cruz), cons his mama and mother and convinces them to get Charan married instead.

Now Charan, who is in love with NafisaQureshi (Neha Sharma), doesn’t have the courage to tell his father that he is in love with someone else and leaves for London to meet Binkle and her parents. Enter Kartar Chachu (Anil Kapoor). After hearing about Charan’s girlfriend, Kartar decides to help him and make sure the rishta doesn’t take place.

In the process, Kartar makes everyone, including Binkle’s parents, believe that Charan is a drug addict. Things spin out of control, one thing leads to another, and a huge argument creates a rift between the two families. In the midst of all this chaos, Charan actually falls for Binkle. Things get even more confusing when Karan’s marriage is fixed with Binkle, and Charan’s with Sweetie. This explosive mix-up provides the setting for a perfect comedy of errors.

Mubarakan lives up to expectation of a typical Anees Bazmee, madcap comedy and offers plenty of comic variations through its characters and situations. Bazmee has ruled the box office for years with crazy comedy capers and now we get to see a new side of him. In times when most comedy films borrow heavily from WhatsApp and Facebook forwards, Mubarakan boasts of some great comic writing. 

The only problem with Mubarakan, apart from being very loud, is that it is too long. With a run time of 158 minutes, the film gets a little weary towards the climax, with redundant jokes. However, the film is laden with well-crafted scenes that provide non-step entertainment, even though the pace drops perceptibly during the second half of the film.

Director, Anees Bazmee has expertly brought to the screen a story that relies on a bedrock of confusion and works well because of the interplay between the characters. Though the screenplay has several loopholes, they are easy to ignore amid the easy-breezy flow of the film. It’s simple: Switch off your brain, just go with the flow and enjoy Mubarakan.

The locations (London and Punjab) are very pleasing. Cinematography is good. Apart from the performances, Bazmee’s treatment is another USP of the film as is its music. The songs are not only well-tuned and written but also superbly picturised.

Performance-wise, Anil Kapoor is a show stealer; he infuses each frame with his infectious energy and brings them alive. His chemistry with Arjun Kapoor is awesome. This is the first time Arjun is doing an out-an-out comedy and he excels in his parts, both as Charan and Karan. Ratna Pathak Shah, as usual, owns her character and is a delight to watch. Illeana D’Cruz is fantastic. Athiya Shetty, despite limited screen presence, leaves a mark. Neha Sharma is okay. Pawan Malhotra’s comic timing is excellent. Rahul Dev is good. Karan Kundra impresses.The others lend adequate support.

Verdict: A wholesome family-friendly entertainer. A winner at the ticket window.

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