Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Athiya Shetty, Pawan Malhotra, Ratna Pathak Shah
Direction: Anees Bazmee
Anees Bazmee’s ‘Mubarakan’ is boisterous, unimaginative and lackluster. There’s hardly any fun to be had as the romantic comedy proceeds at a tedious, almost painful, pace.
You would imagine that an oft-used premise in Bollywood – a big fat Punjabi wedding – would make for a breezy watch. Add to it the tried-and-tested formula of having the male lead in a double role and the combination appears to be a winning one – I mean, how can identical twin brothers and the ensuing confusion about their love interests not be a recipe for success! Our filmmakers however manage to make a almighty mess of this clichéd template. What is doled out is an insipid family drama, replete with big egos and superfluous sentimentality.
It is also a colossal waste of acting talent as actors such as Ratna Pathak Shah and Pawan Malhotra in a supporting role are reduced to conceited, hollering caricatures. As the elders in this story, they are okay to impose their will on the hero without so much as asking for their opinion while deciding on their life partners.
The few laughs that you manage are strictly gratis, all thanks to Anil Kapoor, who manages to rise above the very shoddy writing every once in a while.
Nothing much is to be said about the heroines. Ileana D’Cruz, Athiya Shetty and Neha Sharma (in a cameo) are treated as mere props.
Nor can I remember any piece of music or a dance number that deserves a special mention.
‘Mubarakan’ is the kind film where the trailer looks way more fun than the actual movie can ever aspire to be.
This one is completely avoidable unless, of course, you just want to saunter into the theatre to enjoy 156 minutes of air-conditioning during the oppressive Indian summers.