Mubarakan review – pratfalls and plot holes mark Anil Kapoor’s likable culture-clash...

Mubarakan review – pratfalls and plot holes mark Anil Kapoor’s likable culture-clash farce

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Anees Bazmee-directed comedy about an arranged marriage will win no awards for subtlety, but it delivers zippy musical numbers and a first-rate ensemble cast

The Hindi comedy specialist Anees Bazmee made his name with a series of broad, knockabout romps. Welcome (2007) and Welcome Back (2015) cemented a commercially successful partnership with Anil Kapoor; between these two projects, he was linked with a never-realised Indian remake of The Hangover.

Subtlety is not Bazmee’s forte. Rather than tickle his audience with a feather, he prefers smacking us round the head with a saucepan, usually while jabbing hard at the sound effects button. He also revels in wildly complicated plots – curiously, this frantic gagman seems as influenced by Shakespeare in this respect as the elegant classicist Vishal Bhardwaj.

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