Mubarakan is the latest offering from writer-director Anees Bazmee who is known for making blockbusters like Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, No Entry, Welcome, Singh Is Kinng, and Ready. Starring Arjun Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz, Athiya Shetty, Ratna Pathak, and Pavan Malhotra in pivotal roles, the family comedy revolves around twin brothers, Karan and Charan, brought up in London and Punjab, respectively, after they lose their parents in a car crash.
Mubarakan is a laugh riot and a non-stop entertainer from start to finish. Anees Bazmee has a reputation of making family entertainers and Mubarakan is no exception. It joins the long list of Bollywood movies based on the Indian diaspora, with the evergreen theme of weddings keeping things vibrant.
Mubarakan's theme of a big fat Punjabi destination wedding in London is what serves as its USP, other than its ensemble star cast, of course.
Mubarakan is just the kind of cinema that the Indian masses crave—it's fun, frothy, and revolves around celebrations, which are an integral part of this diverse and colourful country. Weddings, in particular, get everyone excited, regardless of age or station in life. It is thus not surprising that some of the biggest commercial hits in the history of Hindi cinema have revolved around the theme of nuptials.
What works best in Mubarakan's favour are its dialogues that succeed in packing a punch! But there is no denying that the dialogues are only as good as the actors who deliver them. The performances of Anil Kapoor, Pavan Malhotra, Ratna Pathak, Arjun Kapoor, and Ileana D'Cruz make Mubarakan memorable. Bazmee, to his credit, exercises great command over his actors as well as the source material available at his disposal and it shows in every frame.
Overall, Mubarakan is neither unique nor flawless but it does exactly what it sets out to achieve—make people laugh. Mubarakan's theme of a big fat Punjabi destination wedding in London is what serves as its USP, other than its ensemble star cast, of course. Here is a film that you must watch with your family!
A version of this review was first published in A Potpourri of Vestiges.