On Friday, Mubarakan released in India and overseas in around 2825 screens (2350 India + 475 Overseas). Besides the speculations, Mubarakan failed to get soaring start at the box office. According to the report, the film witnessed 20-25 percent of occupancy in its first day, first show premiere. Although the speculation was being that the Mubarak will do at least 15-20 crores business in the first week of release, but in this case, the film could hardly do a business of 10 crores. Mubarakan first day box office collection was around 4 crore.
Mubarakan starts with a deadly car crash and many would argue that it ends leaving you feeling like you were in it. Here we will admit that Mubarakan is not as bad as Anees Bazmee’s previous films. But that’s like saying getting kicked in testicles is better than losing your right thumb. It’s not a lot of fun.
Arjun Kapoor stars in a double role as Karan and Charan, twin brothers; one raised in London the other in Chandigarh after becoming offended as babies. The series of hare-brained twist and the involvement of their uncle (Kartar Singh, played by Anil Kapoor) ending up engaged to each other’s sweetheart.
Yet the film is pitched too loud, chunks of it just aren’t funny. Mubarakan is excruciating long at two hours and thirty-six minutes. Bazmee spends too much time on setup and as a result of the film, first-half feels like a slog. Despite the excessive melodrama, the film really takes flight when the spotlight is on the senior cast which includes the feisty Ratna Pathak Shah (playing the aunt who raised one of the twins) and the terrific Pawan Malhotra (an uncle who adopted the other). Their time on the screen along with scenery chewing Anil Kapoor is the film’s strongest bids. The simple act of gargling one’s throat in the background while others are engaged in conversation is a mindful laugh and one of the funniest scenes.
Much of the humor in Mubarakan is low-IQ pedestrian stuff that never feels fresh. Just how many times will Bazmee recycle the same scenes in which multiple characters co-incidentally land-up in a common place and end up trying to hid-up from each other?
Even the dialogue is occasionally clever, the punning feel labored. The film’s leading ladies ranged from funky to strictly ornamental (I’leana d’cruz to Athiya Shetty and Neha Sharma) is underdeveloped and frankly offensive. Arjun Kapoor’s distinctive physicality and limited range of expressions make it hard to buy into a double role. Although, he gamely works towards creating fully realized characters out of sleek Karan and mild mannered Charan it doesn’t seem working. He tries but he needed to try harder.
In the end of the film is the same old comedy that we’ve seen some many times before. Anil Kapoor is the secret source of Mubarakan whose incredible timing improves many of dull patches.
The film is unmistakably indulgent and overlong and could have done. You’ll laugh but not throughout. It falls somewhere in the middle on a scale from Ready and No-Entry.