O! Teri..! Daredevil Dulhan!
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Writer: Ali Abbas Zafar
Cast & Crew: Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ali Zafar
Plot: “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” is a quirky romantic comedy set in the world of the upper middle class in Northern India. Kush Agnihotri (Imran Khan) is looking for the ideal Indian bride for his brother Luv Agnihotri (Ali Zafar) who stays in London. In his quest, Kush goes through an array of wacky encounters with several families until he finally finds that perfect girl in Dimple Dixit (Katrina Kaif), the craziest/wackiest girl he has ever known. Both the families meet. Formalities completed. Preparations proceed in full swing. And just then, our hero Kush falls in love with Dimple…his brother`s dulhan. What follows is a comical and unpredictable series of events in this unusual topsy-turvy tale of love.
Her ‘jawaani’ had you whistling. Her somberness in “Rajneeti” revealed a glimpse of her improving acting skills. So yes, finally, Katrina Kaif CAN ACT. She’s fresh, effervescent and bubbly in a tailor-made character, Dimple Dixit, which she plays with complete justice (as expected). Dimple’s a bold, fun-loving extrovert whose spur of the moment madness drives her more pragmatic, teetotaler lover nuts…ala Kareena of “Jab We Met” or Kangana of “Tannu weds Mannu”. And taking a cue from Kareena, she’s also super excited about the whole idea of eloping rather than contemplating over its consequences on the archaic middle-class family ‘izzat’…hmm quite familiar?
So, Dimple’s a rockstar in her college days, Kush (Imran Khan)is an assistant film director …Luv (Ali Zafar) …does something (we aren’t told and we really don’t care) that’s converted him into the pound printing machine in UK. The opening scene has Luv in a verbal combat with his BBCD (British Born Confused Desi) girlfriend, which sets the tone for the film- cliché dialogues, drama, slapstick humor and a very feeble storyline. After a string of girlfriends and failed relationships he assigns his younger bro, Kush, on the ultimate mission of finding his perfect Indian bride. In a population of a billion, where matrimony is an evergreen industry, the search for “the one” is definitely a quest we all can relate to-to some extent. Laugh on at the silly gigs (that try hard to make up for the storyline).
There’s a lot of reminiscing. And when the story’s amiss, the director pushes the safe-mode button – playing along with the audiences’ emotions. Dimple’s rockstar avatar, her carefree attitude & tattered jeans and a tank remind you of Srivdevi in “Chalbaaz”. Plenty of old Hindi music hits in the background score, the regular formulaic mix of toe-tapping numbers, Katrina’s midriff, Imran & Ali Zafar’s cuteness, and light slapstick with a few witty lines in-between. From the very title of the film it’s obvious that Kush (Imran) falls for this brother’s bride to be, Dimple, with plenty of twists and turns in the story before their happily-ever-after. Unfortunately, there aren’t any major twists and turns. It’s a very predictable script with the only roadblock being parents. Interestingly they are just as “confused” as their kids and vacillate just as easily! Yea! The story’s tossed right out the window… disappointing as one probably expected a strong, original script like “Band Baaja Baaraat” with equally strong performances.
Katrina overshadows Imran and Ali Zafar. Ali Zafar’s been short-changed, his role’s seems to be very brief and intermittent. Imran dons a his character he’s done over and over again (“Break Ke Baad”, “I Hate Luv Storys”). Nothing new, really. Together they make a cute pair, and there’s plenty of sappy romance to swoon over their good chemistry.
A regular rom-com fare, free of any major calamity or action with plenty of happy and good looking faces & comic gigs. But whose complaining? This is exactly what you ordered … just the way you like it …slurrp it up!