Verdict: A quintessential Bollywood comedy that cracks you up.
Anees Bazmee is known for his comedy movies that surround the set-up of a marriage, and this film is another feather in that cap. Through Mubarakan, he undoubtedly gave Bollywood fans their first family entertainer of the year. And like his previous movies, this one too is capable of invoking stomach ache-inducing laughter.
The film revolves around Kartar Singh (Anil Kapoor) and his twin nephews Karan (Arjun Kapoor) and Charan (Arjun Kapoor). The boys lose their parents in a car accident and Kartar Singh is given the responsibility of raising the two. As a bachelor, he is unable to do so, and thus gives one of them to his sister (Ratna Pathak Shah) in London, and the other to his brother (Pavan Malhotra) in India. Both raise the boys as their own. Karan and Charan grow up to be eligible bachelors and have girlfriends Sweety (Ileana D'Cruz) and Nafisa (Neha Sharma) respectively. But they are scared to tell their foster parents/uncles/aunt about their relationships, and Charan ends up getting engaged to Binkle (Athiya Shetty). Confusion breaks as Sweety ends up being Charan's fiancee and Karan as Binkle's. Now it is in the hands of Kartar Singh and his genius ideas to solve all the confusion. However, he ends up creating more.
Anees Bazmee is at his best with this film. It starts with a simple (like GoT) explanation of the relationships of the joint Singh family, giving you a glimpse of the sort of hilarious confusion that awaits you in the rest of the movie. The first half is spent setting the plot of the movie and getting you curious. Once you know the background of the story and after you have had your first laugh, there is no stopping till you reach the interval. But just when you think the confusion has been created and the rest of the movie will be spent solving it, you see another mess forming. The second half is even better than the first.
Anil Kapoor as Kartar Singh will bring flashbacks of the great comic characters he has played in the past. This one is clearly one of his best works. His comic timing is on point and his acting has always been. He is the soul of this film and serves all your expectations. Arjun Kapoor is following his uncle's footsteps and this film is one of his best works till date. Karan and Charan both are entirely different characters and he pulls both of them off in a way that you won't be able to picture anyone else playing that role. His buffed up body complements the Punjabi look and being the Punjabi munda he is, he doesn't disappoint you.
Ileana plays the bubbly and loud Sweety and is in character throughout the movie. She'll remind you of at least one of your loud Punjabi friends for sure. Athiya Shetty, being the fashionista she is, has taken a very simple avatar and looks really calm and innocent, which is just what her character is all about. Ratna Pathak Shah as the elder sister and Pavan Malhotra as the elder brother of Kartar Singh, are typically loud. There are other actors who play significant roles and like every other Anees Bazmee film, this one has a lot of them too. But regardless of the number of characters, each one of them has detailed characteristics, and they only add to make the movie funnier. Even the characters with the smallest of screen space have been given their own quirky quality each.
The story of the movie is typically Bollywood where one goof up leads to another. But the comedy has not been compromised anywhere in the movie. And the big fat Punjabi destination wedding as the backdrop takes the beauty of the movie to another level. The families in the films are filthy rich, obviously, and their designer clothes are what dreams are made of. But all the loudness and taam jhaam could be pardoned because they have shown the love and acceptance that resides in every Punjabi family's heart.
The film has peppy music and the title song Mubarakan is going to be played in parties for a while now. They have remade the classic song "Hawa Hawa", which is a dance number too. What else can you expect from a movie revolving around Punjabis? The north of India probably got the wedding jukebox of the season. Haathon Mein Thhe Hath is the only slow number in the movie and it is probably going to become the go-to song for long drives this monsoon.
This film is a sigh of relief for all the families who were missing a movie night in the theatres together. To sum it up, the movie is two and a half hour of full-on entertainment that has the potential of becoming a cult-classic like Welcome.
Why You Should Watch The Movie:
It is a typical Bollywood family entertainer that you can watch with your entire family, without a doubt. For the fans of Anil Kapoor, this is another gem of a movie, where he shines amongst all the characters. This is one of the best comedies of Arjun Kapoor. Ladies, watch it for the designer stuff, you know what we mean, right? You'll regret missing this one. Book for your entire family right away.
Watch this funny interview with the cast and crew of Mubarakan right here!