Mubarakan movie review: A long, maudlin harangue on family values

Mubarakan movie review: Post-interval, the film’s funny bone gets lost. It becomes a long, maudlin harangue on family values and good sisters and brothers, while slipping in a few distasteful jokes about wives and women.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: July 29, 2017 12:39 am
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Mubarakan movie director: Anees Bazmee
Mubarakan movie cast: Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Athiya Shetty, Neha Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Karan Kundra, Rahul Dev
Mubarakan star rating: 1.5 stars

I was prepared to sigh my way through this latest from the Anees Bazmee school of mindless comedies. But soon after it started laying out its wares, I began smiling. Wait, were we actually in for some good mindless fun? To begin with, I have to say that Mubarkan has a faint semblance of a plot, which comes as a relief given what we’ve been subjected to in his last outing (Welcome Back).

Then there’s Arjun Kapoor as a set of twins, one in Punjab, the other in London. The only way to differentiate between them is the degree of bumbling idiocy displayed, and Kapoor does a good line in that department.  Add in Anil Kapoor as the ‘maama/chacha’ shuttling between the two boys. I’m always happy to watch Kapoor because he gets with the plan so fast, and once in a while, does a nice throw-away dialogue.

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Pretty girls Ileana D’Cruz, Neha Sharma and Athiya Shetty show up, the former getting in a line or two. Sharma plays a Muslim girl (‘haaye haaye’) in love with one of the brawny Punjabi ‘mundas’, and you cheer, just a little, because hey, who knows, we may be in for some inter-religious amity. And a comedy of errors is set into motion, revolving around reluctant grooms and runaway brides, and a good Punjabi ‘praa’ (Pavan Malhotra) and his equally loving ‘bainji’ (Shah).

So far, I’m not wincing. And then the post-interval set is upon us, and suddenly, the film’s funny bone gets lost. It becomes a long, maudlin harangue on family values and good sisters and brothers, while slipping in a few distasteful jokes about wives and women. And that Muslim girl angle? It is just a ruse, and a total cop-out.

A character says wearily: ‘kab khatam hoga yeh?’ And that’s the end of that.

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  1. Girish Tulsiani
    Aug 12, 2017 at 7:48 pm
    Mubarka is really nice entertainment movie, fully loaded with family comedy, no vulgarity. I am not sure why IE rates some really good movies that bad. The comedy of Anil kapoor is amazing. Same with Arjun Kappor dual role. Overall, a must watch movie if you like comedy and full paisa wasool...This Critic is crazy and doesn't give genuine reviews..Not even Me my whole family and all my friends loved this film...I would give 4 or 4.5 star for this Lovely amazing movie with nice message in the end with lots of superb comedy scenes....
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      kjingar
      Aug 9, 2017 at 10:06 am
      Mubarka is really nice entertainment movie, fully loaded with family comedy, no vulgarity. I am not sure why IE rates some really good movies that bad. The comedy of Anil kapoor is amazing. Same with Arjun Kappor dual role. Overall, a must watch movie if you like comedy and full paisa wasool.
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        Peoples Person
        Aug 2, 2017 at 2:00 am
        There is no trace of papistanis, watch laugh riot. Mom should be ignored there are india's foes, boney kapur is a slave and will do anything for money. Whenever you see boney kapoor make sure nobody watches. The trailer srk anushka seja ... looks boring, shahrukh can't carry any film period.
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          Nitin
          Jul 29, 2017 at 1:55 pm
          Not sure if these guys can give unbiased reviews. Its full paisa wasool movie. Had it been a Sharukh khan dud they would have gone gaga on it.
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            PJS
            Jul 28, 2017 at 11:35 pm
            who the F reviews the movies for Indian Express...I haven't seen any rating above three...Bhai..whats ur benchmark??? Hai kahan se tu ??? Teri kya achievements hain???
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              NAMO FAN
              Jul 29, 2017 at 12:06 am
              kyu bhai? Tereko mazaa aya bahut is movie se? Isse to tera achievements samajh me aajata hai. Doosre ka fir puch raha hai?
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