The movie stars Arjun Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Athiya Shetty and Ileana D’Cruz in lead roles. The song Hawa Hawa has been ruling the music charts since its release. And just the fact that a family entertainer is opening in theaters this Friday, is enough to excite fans all over. Our in house film critic Rashma Shetty Bali is watching Mubarakan right now. The first half just got over, and she seems quite impressed by it.
Mubarakan is an insane laugh riot that brings back the successful family entertainer genre that director Anees Bazmee is famous for. This time the canvas is larger than ever before and so is the star cast. Arjun Kapoor plays the double role of Karan and Charan who are caught up in the predictable case of mistaken identity. What sets Mubarakan apart from the other films in the genre is the fact that it has some really good writing and punches.
Anil Kapoor plays his single brother with ease and makes for some funny one-liners including “Mai hoon baraf” (watch the film to know why and how). Playing a naradesque character, he is the turning point in all the confusion and drama. The story by Balwinder Singh Janjua and Rupinder Chahal sets the film in the Sikh space. Loud characters, bright sets, songs and dances and slapstick humour dominate this Anees Bazmee film.
The second half of the film drags a bit, though it has some lighter moments. If you look for progressive thought in the film such as how families still dominate their children’s choice of a partner, how religion and prejudices in parent’s generation are imposed on their kids’ choices in a partner, then you are barking up the wrong tree. But if you brush that aside and judge it purely as a comedy, you‘ll laugh at izzat ka falooda.