Writer/Director Anees Bazmee’s name features in the credits of the best comedy films of the last 25 years – from Bol Radha Bol to Aankhen to Sandwich, he has written (for David Dhawan) and later directed flicks that have tackled the tried and tested theme of double roles.
In Mubarakan, he revisits the old formula and comes out with a film that will make you laugh uncontrollably for its entire run. Why is the film a must-watch, let’s analyze the reasons before finally saying yes to purchasing the ticket!
Anil Kapoor at his best!
They have been working together for more than 2 decades now and in Mubarakan, their chemistry and understanding is quite visible. Anil Kapoor delivers the lines written by Anees Bazmee in the perfect manner, just as the director would have wanted.
The scenes where he interferes during a domestic fight, where he gets ideas from his surroundings and where he tries to broker peace are undoubtedly the highlight of the film. He plays a British resident Sikh and his ‘Bernard Shaw’ impression & comic timing will keep you glued to your seats for sure.
2) Arjun Kapoor excels
Arjun Kapoor may not be that old to films but this ‘Kapoor’ excels in the support role of Karan and Charan – twin brothers forced to live as cousins. This is not the first time he has played dual roles (Aurangzeb) but this is undoubtedly the most happening one. One brother is a traditional Sikh living in Punjab while the other is a Jatt raised in England – they both have girlfriends and they both can’t gather the courage to tell their (adoptive) parents who are also their uncle and aunt. The way the two Arjuns interact is something worth mention here because in films where a character plays multiple roles, there isn’t chemistry between the two. In Mubarakan, you will find everything from Biology, Chemistry to Physics between the two who don’t disappoint at all.
3) Beauty unlimited
Ileana D’Cruz, Athiya Shetty will and Neha Sharma play the lady loves of Karan and Charan; D’Cruz has the most scenes since she is the only steady GF in the plot and she carries the aura of being the cause of disagreement between the two brothers.
Neha and Athiya have lesser number of scenes and frankly, Neha comes out as the winner as she impresses with her dialogue delivery (in proper Urdu, since she is playing a Muslim) and expressions, while Athiya is used just as a showpiece.
4) Powerful Acting and Script
When you have Pawan Malhotra and Ratna Pathak in the cast, you can expect anything but bad acting and that’s exactly what happens in Mubarakan. Both the veterans excel in whichever scene they are in be it fighting each other over a petty issue or not talking to each other for some odd reason.
Their master class acting is evident in the climax where they both show how to carry a character and engage the audience without saying much. The script is also to be commended here for being non-vulgar and in accordance with the family values, something that has been missing from Bollywood for a few years.
5) Hilarious take on double-role saga
There have been films that have cashed on the double-role saga – Muabarakan is different because there is a third angle in it. The real life uncle of Arjun Kapoor Anil plays Kartar Singh, uncle to both the guys in trouble and tries to solve their issues as he does his.
A bachelor by choice, Kartar is the star of the movie as he still considers himself a youth, keeps getting ideas from unusual scenarios and takes on the biggest of problems as nothing serious. How he solves the problems (or not) of his nephews is what makes the film a not-to-be-missed affair.
Omair Alavi is a senior entertainment journalist who tweets at omair78