Mubarakan movie review: A family entertainer with interrupted humour

Directed By:Anees Bazmee
Produced By:Sony Pictures Network
Cast:Arjun Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Athiya Shetty, Ileana D’Cruz
Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating:2.5/5

Two children, twins, orphaned as infants, brought up by relatives, drastically different as per traits of character. Karan is cool, easy-going. Charan is enviously calm, obedient to his parents. Karan likes to dress up like a dude, Charan is true to Punjabi traditions. If nothing, they’ve got one thing in common. Trouble! Karan loves Sweetie (Ileana D’Cruz) and Charan is going around with Nafisa (Neha Sharma) . But Charan’s parents will either die or kill themselves if their daughter-in-law is anything but a ‘Sikhni’. Just when the two Brothers are panting over the situation, enters Binkle (Athiya Shetty), Charan’s to-be wife. Staked relationships, boutique of family drama and humour which is arguable not at its best, are what form ‘Mubarakan’, Anees Bazmee’s latest offering.

This one isn’t something we’ve not witnessed before. The confusions, the carefully created mess and impulsiveness of certain characters are all familiar elements of comedies, at least the ones being made recently. However, handful of performers are who make ‘Mubarakan’ a bearable watch. Anil Kapoor is who we should name first; since he outshines everyone, and even Arjun Kapoor for that matter, when discussing an energetic screen presence. Anil urf Kartar chachu, is the only helpful uncle to both and is churning out random ideas to help his nephews and their troubled affairs. Anil’s characterisation isn’t extraordinary. But he adds such simplicity and joviality to it at the same time, that it’s a delight to look at him. Next is Ileana D’Cruz, with a decent presence and decent expressions. She has her compact character of a woman trying her best to be hitched to her boyfriend. She does her job nicely. We, however, expected better comic timing from Arjun Kapoor. While Charan’s calmness is what he strangely executes well, Karan’s over-energetic acts and weird PDA to Sweetie are what absolutely do not look genuine on him. But, the turn off is Athiya Shetty. Athiya had a microscopic appearance of around 2 minutes in first half, which manages to go up to around 25 minutes in the second half. But then, why doesn’t she act?! We also have to mention that Ratna Pathak Shah remained underutilised.

However, at the same time, sub-plots of ‘Mubarakan’ make us think. We, as audience, have probably become used to some convenient and unfair liberty of humour at times. That is why, subtle hints of patriarchy, community prejudice thrown by such films, often go unnoticed. Otherwise, a well-read Punjabi parking his car exactly where ‘No Parking’ is written, or an elderly woman being at her meanest best and getting away for the sake of her age isn’t exactly what our cinema should promote.

I remember reading Anees Bazmee’s statement a couple of days back. Films are a family-affair and should be kept ‘clean’ is what he believes. True to his approach which might have a few takers, ‘Mubarakan’ contains no skin show, in fact no sign of physical intimacy.

What might further turn you off is the jumbling graph of humour. To be honest, we have seen better from Anees Bazmee, even in terms of wit and laughter. It does make you laugh, but in bits and pieces. One can’t put it across as an uninterrupted laughter riot.

Rather, production-wise, ‘Mubarakan’ is decent. It is well-shot, decently edited and is completed with peppy numbers.

Whether to watch or not? Take a call!


'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

Directed By: Remo D’Souza
Produced By: Salman Khan, Ramesh Taurani
Cast: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem, Freddy Daruwala
Duration: 2h 46m
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4

A decade ago, the famous duo Abbas-Mustan had treated the masses with an extraordinary vision in their directorial ‘Race’. Produced by Ramesh Taurani, the movie had a complex plot with twist and turns in the narrative, good-looking men and their astonishing ladies. It had picturesque locations which added a lot more to a viewer’s theatrical experience than they may have expected. With the movie collecting over a hundred crores, it called for a sequel, ‘Race 2’ which released in 2012.

After the magnificent success of the last venture, Taurani took a risk by taking the franchise forward with a number of changes in the star cast and the director too. This time around, having Remo D’Souza on board with A-list actors, the producer promised that the film will be x5 times better than its previous parts. Among the ones who were lucky to catch Salman Khan’s action bonanza days before its release were we, and now let us share our experience of watching this almost 3-hour-long action thriller in 3D.

Salman Khan’s latest outing, ‘Race 3’, offers a dhamakedar package including glamour and style with A-listers, who surpass our expectations with their power-packed performances. The extravagant locations, beautiful locales, the mesmerising songs, the electrifying Chase and sizzling chemistry make for an international movie experience.

The movie is based on the story of a family that deals in borderline crime but is ruthless to the core. We are introduced to everyone’s real face as they change with a blink of an eye. Further, we realise that we are in a delusion as the things are not the same as they seem. Moving ahead, we come to know that Sikander (Salman Khan) and his family is on the verge of self-destruction or maybe it is some outsider’s plan to destroy them.

All in all, the movie is an A-rated piece with not just glam but also substance. The best part of the storyline is that the writing of Shiraz Ahmed is complete with a number of surprises and turns. It would be demeaning to point out nooks in the film, as it had everyone’s eyeballs hooked to the screen from the minute it started. The one thing which is worth applauding is that every actor has been given enough screen space. The unique selling point of this extravaganza is that each character has grey shades; they indulge in dangerous games making it an exhilarating cinematic experience.

Ayananka Bose, the man who has made this film larger than life with stunning locations which take your breath away, deserves accolades as well. No one can doubt this man’s cinematography skills. The beautiful localities of UAE are captured brilliantly by DOP. The high-octane action sequences are top notch with thrilling chase scenes which are neat. Talking about the music, it is very soothing, especially ‘Selfish’, which has been shot in serene place of India, Leh Ladakh. Coming to the dialogues, they are ‘Seeti-Maar’.

Moving on to the performances, each actor has fairly done justice to their character sketches. But it goes without saying that Salman Khan is the soul and treasure of this action-thriller. The actor gets into the nick of his character and gives a hard-hitting act on-screen. Anil Kapoor is ‘jhakaas’ as always while Bobby Deol delivers a power-packed performance in his comeback film. Jacqueline and Daisy’s action sequences are a sight to behold and their stunning outfits lured me to connect to their designers right away.

On the whole, Salman Khan’s ‘Race 3’ is a perfect Eidi for everyone. And at the box-office, the movie is bound to rake in 100 cr over the weekend considering it is a festive one.

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Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!

Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!

Directed By: Shashanka Ghosh
Produced By: Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi
Cast: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhasker, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas
Duration:2 hours 15 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4 stars

Bollywood has given us friendship tales which are still etched in our memories. Be it ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ or ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, the films have not only touched our soul but have also made us realize how important it is to value and cherish our relations with friends. Unlike the other two which focused on Male friendships, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is an ode to all Girl Gangs out there.

Based on the lives of four BFF’s Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Sakshi (Swara Bhasker), Meera (Shikha Talsania) and Avni (Sonam Kapoor), The story introduces you to these four characters and sheds light on their complexities. Not getting into explaining both halves of the movie as it is one hell of a ride.

Movie’s plot not just revolves around the girl gang but also explores the relationship between a parent and child. Kalindi, who is on the verge of getting married to her boyfriend (Sumeet Vyas) for 3 years, calls it quits with a doubt that it won’t work just like her parent’s relationship. On their way to resolve Kalindi’s love life, the gang goes through loads of ups and downs, supporting and sticking to each other no matter what.

From the gorgeous outfits to their dialogues, these Veeres have nailed it! Watching them having fun and emotionally supporting each other at the same time, will remind you of your Veeres.

Overall, with peppy soundtracks which make you groove there and there, some crazy humor and a perfect balance of emotions and fun, Veere Di Wedding is an out and out stunner!

So Yeah! To know, how this Girl Gang survives through it all, you gotta call up your Veeres and watch Shashanka Ghosh’s film right away!

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