When it comes to Anees Bazmee, Welcome is my absolute favourite. I have watched it so many times and every time it makes me laugh immeasurably. Speaking of Mubarakan, Rupinder Chahal and Balwinder Singh Janjua have sketched a narrative around a dramatic Punjabi family with one uncle who happens to be everyone’s favourite. Trust me, we all have one! Kartar Chachu & Mamu to Karan and Charan (Arjun Kapoor) respectively is played by Anil Kapoor and hands down he is the funniest thing in the film. He is the reason trouble brews in the family and comes up with the weirdest ideas to solve those problems as well. Kartar Singh has an opulent mansion facing the sunflower field in London which he fondly refers to as Mini Punjab. He drives a striking red car which says, ‘You are chasing a Punjabi…’ Well, many gags are up his sleeve and he is on point every time he cracks them, I swear on the Queen. Anil Kapoor’s energy is infectious and puts a smile to your face instantly.
Arjun Kapoor takes up the double role of twins Karan and Charan who thankfully are not at all like each other. No homage to Judwa happens here, which is a good sign. While Karan is an over smart guy who lives in London, Charan is taken care by his aunt in Chandigarh. He is docile and a mild mannered, way too polite Sikh boy. One thread that binds them is the fact that they are petrified of telling their families the truth about their love life and trouble brews- Bazmee style.
Pavan Malhotra is an angry hotelier from Chandigarh, another one to look for in the film. He owns being a sardar and he is done it so many times but still, manages to do it so well. He is crazy and screams at every opportunity. He is hilarious and you’re sitting there like, Oh boy!
Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty have similar personalities as their love interests in the film. While Sweety ( Ileana D Cruz) is a hot headed Sardarni like Karan, Binkle (Athiya Shetty) is shy and docile like Charan. They are in the film to create chaos for Kartar Chachu to fix.
Mubarakan is a funny film and the ensemble has pulled off a comedy without any double entendre puns. The first half provides way too many laughs as compared to the second half where it bends towards family drama. If they would have chopped that part out with some songs, it would have been hilarity on steroids. But the minute second half seems to look like a drag, Anil Kapoor wears a cape and tries to save it with full force. Thank God for Anil Kapoor!
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