June 21, 2017
Welcome to the mad mad world of Anees
Bazmi's comedy capers where the plot curves and tapers into shapes that
remind us of crunchy wafers.
Anything and everything can happen here. You can get two Arjun Kapoors at the price of one. And you can get a priceless Anil Kapoor, so zestful and so pitch-perfect in his comic timing you wonder which came first, Anees Bazmi's comedy or Anil Kapoor's comic timing.
Arjun Kapoor is cast as the judwaa brothers, the roguish Karan in London and straitlaced turbaned Charan in Punjab, almost like a new avatar of Salman Khan's Raja and Prem in David Dhawan's "Judwaa". And who says the twain shall never meet?
I was also happy to spot the very gifted but habitually neglected Pavan Malhotra. He is bound to make an impact even in the crowded cast of Bazmi's zany oddball characters.
But clearly when it comes to verve and mojo, Anil Kapoor steals the thunder and lightening. In his turbaned avatar Anil Kapoor is an unstoppable riot. It's hard to tell from the trailer who is in love with whom. But there are two heroines around and they seem to have precious little to do except act coy, helpless, confused and occasionally splutter to empowered life.
In one shot Eleana D'Cruz ticks off one Arjun for his keenness to marry her when she loves the other Arjun.
Lots of mistaken identity, and cluttered chaotic goofy timepass fun, "Mubarakan" looks like the kind of socially-irrelevant deep-fried pasta that we would want to try after Indu lords over her Sarkar and the nation gets that lipstick out from under that burqa.
Sometimes, a man just needs to have fun. It takes Anil Kapoor's "youth" to make us aware of that truth.