Arjun Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. Pic/Sameer Markande
Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; April 10, 2017)

The two-month London schedule of Mubarakan wrapped up on Saturday night, leaving the cast and crew with bittersweet memories. The film will mark the debut pairing of chacha-bhatija Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor. With the two of them together, the shoot was one fun experience through and through. “You have to see the making to believe it. Anil sir has more energy than the whole unit put together,” says an insider.

Speaking from London, an emotional Anil said, “I have fortunately worked with a lot of actors, but this is among the finest experiences of my career. I had more fun than expected. Arjun is a great co-star and a fantastic actor. He has a great sense of humour. When we are together, we’ve a lot of fun.”

Arjun echoed his uncle as he said, “We spent over 40 days in London, shot at pretty locations and beautiful mansions where no other Bollywood film has gone earlier. When you spend so much time together shooting, the crew becomes like your family. I was overwhelmed by the love of fans in UK. I feel sad to say goodbye. Now, I look forward to the trailer launch of Half Girlfriend.”

Last week, the cast and crew let their hair down at the film’s pre-wrap party. The spot boys were the first to get on to the dance floor, grooving to Bollywood chartbusters and setting the tone for the evening. When Anil entered the bash, the DJ played One 2 Ka 4 and the star almost instantly broke into a jig. He, along with Arjun, took selfies with each unit member. Actress Athiya Shetty, on the other hand, danced to hit numbers featuring her actor-father, Suniel Shetty.

Next on the playlist was the title track of No Entry, prompting director Anees Bazmee to show some of his moves. A video, tracing the shoot across London, was played on the big screen and got everyone emotional. Arjun, who plays the double role of Karanveer Singh and Charanveer Singh, gave a long speech, thanking the team.

Talking about the pre-wrap party, he said there was Sri Lankan food on the menu. “The chefs usually don’t work on Sunday, but they were kind enough to whip up Lankan dishes for us. This was one of my most enjoyable shoots so far; we just didn’t want it to get over.”