5 Reasons Why Anil Kapoor And Arjun Kapoor's Mubarakan Could Bring Family Audiences Back In Theaters!
by Joginder Tuteja
When was the last time that family audiences flocked theaters in dozens? Well, almost 100 days back when Baahubali 2 hit the screens. Other than the fact that there hasn't been a single major crowd pulling film ever since then, the only one which actually went past the 100 crore mark [Tubelight] was ironically a disaster. Apart from this, films have just not been carrying good enough pull to invite an entire family into theaters.
Now one just hopes that Anees Bazmee directed Mubarakan turns out to be one such film. Here are the reasons why!
One of the major factors that could tilt things in favor of Mubarakan is its inherent family appeal. Whether it was the first theatrical promo or the second which has just been unveiled, the emphasis has been on families. Currently, the makers are terming it as 'one mad family'. It isn't just the Kapoors who are painting the town red; others are joining the fray too, be it Ratna Pathak Shah, Pavan Malhotra or Rahul Dev.
The 'youth' factor
Anil Kapoor definitely knows how to take a joke or two on himself. In the film, the 60 year old actor is happily suggesting that all matters related to heart should be confided only amongst 'youth'. The fun part though is that by youth, he doesn't just mean Arjun Kapoor (in a double role), Ileana D'Cruz or Athiya Shetty; he is including himself in there and that too on the forefront. Well, when experience and youth comes together genuinely, it is indeed time to exclaim loud and clear - 'mubarakan'.
The director who knows his job
Be it Welcome, Welcome Back, Ready or Singh Is King - time and again director Anees Bazmee has shown that he knows the pulse of the pan-India audiences. These are the films that have worked in the A, B as well as the C centers and that too at single screens as well as multiplexes. A few of these films even went on to set records for the best opening day ever and then went on to have a real long run too in theaters. As one of the few veteran filmmakers who are not just staying on to be relevant in today's times but also continuing to be connected with the Hindi film-going audiences, Anees Bazmee knows where money is.
Last year was so risqué when it came to comedies [Kya Kool Hain Hum 3, Great Grand Masti, Mastizaade] that somehow one ended up wondering where was the comedy scene in Bollywood headed for. Hence, it comes as a whiff of fresh air that Mubarakan is staying on to be ultra clean in terms of the comic quotient. There are no double entendres whatsoever and even an iota of vulgarity is not round the corner, be it in verbiage or the visuals. To think of it, there is always a thin line that can well be crossed by the makers occasionally. However, Anees Bazmee with his team of writers and actors knew that was needless here.
A long due theatrical experience
The real 'mazaa' of watching a film in theaters is to have a houseful of crowd that cheers along and laughs out loud right through those two and a half hours of playing time. Baahubali 2 allowed audiences to cheer along with laughs were certainly not a part of SS Rajamouli's scheme. The only other 100 crore successes, Raees, Jolly LLB 2, Badrinath Ki Dulhania and Kaabil were not the kind of films either where you laughed your guts out. Somehow, Mubarakan makes one believe that this film could be it when it comes to laughter right through the narrative. If that indeed happens, there could well be no stopping this film!