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Sukanya Verma feels Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is pretty ordinary fare. Post YOUR reviews here!
Seriously, triple cute sundae, anyone?
Ever noticed the similarities in Imran Khan [ Images ], Katrina Kaif [ Images ] and Ali Zafar [ Images ] personality? All three look younger than they are and bear an incredibly fresh, genuine and genteel disposition. They're easy on the eyes and pleasant enough to make the most banal look bearable.
First-time filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar avails of these qualities to fashion a feel-good, melodrama-free, candy floss rom-com about two brothers and a mutual love interest. In dreaming a picture perfect visual, however, Abbas Zafar overlooks one rather critical technicality. Script.
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan tries hard to do a Hrishikesh Mukherjee in a Yash Raj set up but is held back by a middling script that banks excessively on charisma, camaraderie and a common malady among present-day aspiring filmmakers -- fanboyism. And while the references from RD's retro chartbusters to Dabangg's clout are all very nice, it's not novel any more.
But, here, since Imran Khan's character, Kush, is an assistant director in Bollywood films, Zafar has a convenient excuse to insert some gags and gimmicks that hat tip to Sholay [ Images ], Mughal-E-Azam, Dil Se and, sure enough, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.
Odd then how it's Katrina's Dimple Dixit, perhaps a symbolic cross between two of Bollywood's most beautiful leading women -- Dimple Kapadia and Madhuri Dixit [ Images ], who emerges as the most 'filmi' protagonist of this mostly harmless fluff. As a happy-go-lucky, guitar-strumming rock chick in tattered jeans and tank tops, Dimple's no Joan Jett but an ideological cousin of Chaalbaaz's Sridevi. A high fashion jaanwar, according to Imran, her idea of liberation is getting sloshed and ambition translates to marrying an affluent, good-looking NRI.
And that's where London [ Images ] resident Luv (Ali Zafar) comes in. His reasoning behind asking kid brother Kush to bride pick is, 'We both loved Madhuri Dixit as kids. You know my choice.'
This awkward conviction sets the tone for a part-doddering, part-amusing premise, which works in bits and parts largely because of Katrina's endearing spontaneity. Although her Dimple is a decidedly more madcap extension of the girl she portrayed in Namaste London. The dainty star's free spirited delivery is akin to the gullibility and mischief of six-year-old mouthing inanities without knowing what it really means. That's one of the most rewarding aspects of being a success in Bollywood. It lets one's greatest disadvantage become their most defining characteristic.
As the maverick Dulhan-to-be, Katrina overshadows her co-stars and a lumpy screenplay by lending her uninhibited fervor to some of MBKD's funniest moments. Like when she breaks into an extempore shehnai rendition from Swades or plays a rapid fire round with a prospective suitor prompting him to remark, 'Shaadi ke interview mein mujhse Koffee with Karan khel kar chali gayi.'
She makes a cute pair with Imran and Ali but Abbas Zafar doesn't allow their chemistry to blossom fully, short changing it to insert some, too many in fact, gorgeously choreographed Sohail Sen compositions. You anticipate a hint of intimacy to show up but it never does. As for Kat's co-stars, Imran is in his comfort zone stepping out in yet another Mr Nice Guy suit, which is, more or less, identical to the one he wore in I Hate Luv Storys [ Images ] and Break Ke Baad. There's nothing to nitpick or admire.
On the other hand, the dashing discovery of Tere Bin Laden hams like his life was at stake. Ali's got lesser scenes than a recurring plate of samosas in the film and yet he manages to grate with his exaggerated exasperation and orgasmic groans.
At the end of the day, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is a pretty ordinary effort. It's the kind of movie where everyone looks catalogue cool and beams with enthusiasm to make the going-ons appear droll and exciting. And though one's a sourpuss for not buying it, I'll take the risk of being one.
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Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Takes Very Good OpeningMere Brother Ki Dulhan has taken a very good opening of 80% plus at multiplexes at most places in the country. Delhi NCR and Punjab were super strong as was Ahmedabad.
Places like Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Ahmedabad saw full houses at some of the shows. The opening was bit lower in places like Nagpur and Jodhpur but still at 70% which is good.The fresh promos, hit music and very entertaining look of the film did the trick and got Mere Brother Ki Dulhan a very good start and it is all set to have a very good weekend at the box office http://boxofficeindia.com/boxnewsdetail.php?page=shownews&articleid=3418&nCat=
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Mere Brother Ki Dulhan: Movie Review
Gaurav MalaniGaurav Malani, TNN | Sep 9, 2011, 04.50PM IST
It's more than obvious with a self-explanatory title like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan that
the story of the film would be about a guy falling for his brother's
bride-to-be. Predictability seeps in this Yash Raj romantic comedy from the
When Imran Khan does a takeoff on the three ruling Khans of Bollywood in the opening credits, you somehow sense that the film has defined its domain. And it isn't long before you realize that the narrative is taking the route of Shah Rukh Khan's Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge . By the time the boy comprehends his love for the girl, she is already engaged to someone else. Only this time it's the boy's brother - so it's more of an inhouse affair!
The only advancement that the film shows in its storytelling is that Katrina Kaif, who holds the record of playing a Bollywood bride who runs away on her wedding day from one hero to another in the climax ( Humko Deewana Kar Gaye, Namastey London, Singh is Kinng, Ajab Prem Ki Ghajab Kahani ), for a change, makes the shift on her engagement day itself by interval point.
Like SRK from DDLJ , the boy refuses to elope with the girl. So the two have to device ways to ward off the wedding now. While an imaginative screenplay could have helped the second half sail through in such situation, the film resorts to conventional conflicts like bringing back the brother's ex-flame in the plot to bhaang -based confessions.
What still makes the film watchable is Katrina's live-wire energy wherein she never goes overboard and keeps bustling with vivacity through the runtime. With Imran Khan restricted in his range and the immensely talented Ali Zafar being reduced to a second fiddle, it's left up to Katrina to save the ship, which she ably does as far as the average script allows her to. Also despite the familial cross-connection, the overall spirit of the film remains lighthearted throughout and never gets into the high-voltage family drama mode.
The screenplay fails to tap the little potential that the story offers (esp. in the second half) pretty much like the film fails to exploit the talent of Ali Zafar. The writing is shallow and resorts to a convenient climax. The continual spoof on Shah Rukh Khan's My Name is Khan act is neither amusing nor caustic.
Like any Yash Raj film, the music is peppy, the styling is uber-cool and the cinematography is striking (despite the repetitive shots of Taj Mahal).
Imran Khan is decent in his role and absolutely funny at some instances. Ali Zafar shows good comic timing whenever he gets a chance though he remains underused. Katrina Kaif looks gorgeous and her free-spirited act makes you sit through the film. John Abraham's cameo is so pointless that one wonders why he was there in the film. Arfeen Khan's spoof on Shah Rukh Khan is as much pointless.
Mere Brother ki Dulhan is relatively old and familiar entertainment.
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