It has been ages since a Bollywood movie has had you glued to your seats. Hardly does any movie deal with suspense so well that your guts actually twist and turn. Mere Brother ki Dulhan is one such film.
Nah. Just kidding.
This is yet another rom-com (supposedly) whose story is evident from its trailer itself – or from its name. You see, ‘Mere Brother ki Dulhan’ as a title doesn’t leave much to one’s imagination, does it?
Also, this movie ain’t a copy of Dan in Real Life because that movie actually had a clever script whereas this one recycles and reuses everything – be it the plot or the portrayal of its characters.
For example, Dimple (Katrina Kaif) is a 27-year old who decides to “settle down” (read get an arranged marriage) after having lived life as a “wild child” (read fake, confused rocker-chick). Luv (Ali Zafar), a cross between an Indian Casanova and a prototype Bollywood hero, asks his brother Kush (Imran Khan) to find him a suitable girl. Put two and two together, and Dimple is chosen to marry Luv even before he steps foot into India from London.
However, there is one character that is perfect in both thought and portrayal – Shobhit (played by Mohammad Ayyub – Manu Sharma in No One Killed Jessica) who fits perfectly as Imran’s childhood friend. I just wish he had more screen-time. The character of Katrina’s brother (Arfeen Khan) was a rather sad take on SRK’s already-sad My Name is Khan act.
The plot itself is a fan-boyish mash-up of older Bollywood movies and by the time the movie reaches the interval, you seem to ask yourself, “What now?” in a very sarcastic way. Ali Zafar was given less than half the screen time he deserved. Nevertheless, even with his mini-skirt-sized role, he managed to put across a brilliant portrayal of his character; packing in some laughter as well.
Director Ali Abbas Zafar does try to create a comedy of errors but this is no Hrishikesh Mukherjee movie where the comedy comes from the plot itself – this one takes a battered plot and beats it further relying heavily on individual scenes to make people laugh. No, I am not talking about the mindless narrative like in the scene where Imran Khan offers chai to Katrina Kaif. This happens just after she’s been arrested by the RAF for holding a ‘raack caancert’ in the premises of a historical monument.
Technically speaking, this movie is well-produced like most of the newer Yash Raj movies. Be it the camera work or the sound design, one can’t really complain apart from the fact that it is clichéd. Suhail Sen’s music is peppy and youthful. Songs like ‘Dhunki’ and ‘Madhubala’ are instant hits. I really liked Sudeep Chaterjee’s cinematography. With a story like this, one can’t do much with the camera but what you see is visually appealing albeit candy flossed.
I thought YRF was moving on with decent films like Band Baaja Baaraat but they are back with the same ol’ nonsense. Sigh.