Sept 12, 2011 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is a 2011 Bollywood Hindi movie starring Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif in lead roles. Read the Hindi film review at Calcutta Tube.
Yet another rom-com from the Yash Raj house, famous for its forays into the romantic genre, but though this film does have its moments of fun and though the uncanny pairing of Imran-Katrina does have its splendour Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (MBKD) falls short on certain accounts.
[ReviewAZON asin=”B005G8ARPO” display=”inlinepost”]London based NRI Luv Agnihotri (Ali Zafar) is exhausted with his life post his break-up with long-time girlfriend. He is unable to handle the rough side of relationship jargon and asks his brother Kush (Imran Khan) to look for a desi girl with whom he can take the “saath pheres” and settle down.
Kush, a successful assistant director in Bollywood, sets his target on eccentric free bird Dimple (Katrina Kaif) who is a close acquaintance from the past.
So far so good but a little further makes it a lot more predictable with the calm restrained Kush going silently gaga over the rap chik Dimple and vice versa. The story follows in a tested formula as the protagonist and his “Brother Ki Dulhan” chalk out plans to have their happily ever after without having to elope.
The Story – 2.5/5
The videsi Dulha- check; the videsh bred desi tangy beauty-check; the restrained hero who doesn’t want to propose-check; the “Hone wala Dewar” and “Hone wali Bhabi” romance- check and last but not the least, the age old formula of romance from Yash Raj-check. Too many checks is the trademark of this latest venture from the Bollywood powerhouse with debutante director Ali Abbas Zafar as the driver of this carriage that tries to serve some new wine in old bottles to its customers but gets bogged down by use of old and new clichés.
So what if the fun is in making a parody of hits like Dabangg, Dil Se chartbuster Chaiyya Chaiyya or even Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, it has been done, redone and then done some more in the past few months.
Zafar needed to figure it out that while formulas offer sustainability to the script, overkill of them chokes the novelty out of any venture.
The only respite is the fact that “bhagke shadi” is not there and instead there is a modern formula because that is what middle class family children can’t do- I guess Bollywood doesn’t realise that somethings just never go out of fashion!
Still the formula breaks and the story meanders a little from the overused trajectories but does manage to elicit the not-so-elusive happy ending.
The characters are cliché albeit but the dialogues are nice and the slightly different treatment of the much used screenplay manages to provide us with quite a few gags.
The screenplay also shifts a lot between the real and the impossible and while certain shifts are enjoyable some of them go over the top- a young girl making crowds crazy while strumming a guitar with no sound connections? Hello acoustic check anyone? I am not even brooding over the fact that she somehow manages to start an entire concert at the Agra Fort with her entire band and without permission!
So dreams and fantasies apart this story could have been better with little more much needed innovation that the current Bollywood endeavours seem to be lacking. I guess Zafar was just following the crowd, only he didn’t say the word remake (or remakes).
The direction and technique- 3/5
The cinematography of Bollywood keeps on getting better (except a certain recent Ramu venture) and MBKD is no exception. The camerawork is stunning and be it the real or the imagined worlds, kudos to Sudeep Chatterjee for keeping it dazzling in accordance to demands of the script.
For Zafar there is a lot more to ruminate on. He does manage the task of bringing a fresh pair alive on the screen and he does manage to keep that smile on your face for most parts of the film but fails when it comes to striking balance with energy and just plain madness.
The film also required a much more judicious editing as it tends to drag a lot in some sequences, especially with the laughs absent in the better part of the 2nd half. Some of the sequences were unnecessary to the development of the story even if it did make some of us chuckle.
Then there is the fact that directors today tend to get carried away with the glam quotient and they need to realise that not most of India can actually experience even a bit of the oomph that our fictional representatives on screen display. I think Zafar may also want to take a little look back at the roots of young India which is tech savvy and party crazy but isn’t that confused that they will throw away they lives on a shimmering platter just on misdirected whims. Most of us are not millionaires and none of us marry without the slightest hint of convincing motives.
Having said that Zafar has created an entertainer that’s not completely a no brainer and does offer whatever meagre substance the script writers scraped up from leftovers.
The acting- 3.5/5
Once again going in tandom with the recent customs, actors deliver a fine job. While it is true that Imran faces no challenge to slip into the shoe of Kush (courtesy recent portrayals in Break Ke Baad, I Hate Love Storeys and the not so latest Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na) and Katrina is just fresh out of cool NRI mode of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, still the duo keep us entertained throughout the 2 hour 20 minutes marathon.
Katrina may have gone a little overboard sometimes but she makes up for it through a lot of energy and skimpy hot outfits that leave wanting for some more; and while it is still Band Baaja Baarat mode for girls these days it’s the opposite for boys and Imran is a little too fitting for the nice guy jacket.
Ali Zafar is however someone to keep your eyes out for as this dashing dude’s comic timing is just as impeccable as it was in Tere Bin Laden. Ali as Luv is charming and funny and he holds an engaging screen presence as the “Bhaisahab” despite a lack of adequate screen space.
The rest of the cast moulds themselves perfectly into the characters they portray and cover up almost every lack the script has in all departments.
The music- 3.5/5
The music from Sohail Khan might have made it to the top ten charts but apart from Madhubala and Kaisa Yeh Ishq Hai the rest doesn’t manage to sound something that you would wanna keep humming.
Yes the tracks blend with the screenplay most of the time but a rockstar city girl playing the tune of Dhunki with an entire rock ensemble doesn’t quite cut it for me. Then there is also the problem of too many propping up too often. Some of the retro RD track remixes fit the bill taking strides forward with the screen quips but in truth a lot could have been spitted out through a tighter editing.
Is this Dulhan’s lovestory watchable?
Yup it’s quite watchable as it does provide the usual mirch masala with comic moments a plenty that act like the icing on the cake and if you are looking to relax without much melodrama stirring up a headache then go for MBKD.
If however you are the not so casual movie goer then you may want to wait for something a little more serious and a tad more believable than Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.
– Arnab Chakraborty