Mere Brother Ki Dulhan review

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
U/A; Romantic Comedy
Dir: Ali Abbas Zafar
Cast: Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ali Zafar, Kanwaljeet Singh, Parikshit Sahni, Mahru Sheikh
Rating: * 1/2

Story : Londonstani Luv Agnihotri (Ali Zafar) has just had a break-up with his long-time girlfriend. Unable to bear the heartbreak, he asks his brother Kush (Imran Khan) to find a nice desi bride for him and arrange his marriage, pronto. Kush settles for wild cat Dimple (Katrina Kaif), his college friend, only to realise that he’s the one who is actually losing his heart to the bindaas babe. Will it be too late before love prevails….

Movie Review : They make a completely unusual pair and are a study in contrast, Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif. While Imran is a picture of restraint and low key dramatics as the younger brother who falls in love with his bhaisaheb’s fiancee, Katrina essays the role of an over the top bohemian girl who loves to break rules and disregard convention. It’s hard to think of them as a romantic couple — the awkwardness is almost visible when Katrina asks a somewhat dazed Imran to promise to kiss her everyday. Yet, somehow, the duo manage to pull it off in what turns out to be a light and breezy comedy where the traditional Bollywood love story turns untraditional and offbeat. But only partially….

It’s an interesting debut by director Ali Abbas Zafar, yet ironically something seems to hold him back from creating a full blown comedy. The first half of the film, with the umpteen wedding preparations, gets too long drawn and the fun and games that Katrina tries to infuse in the proceedings seem a bit forced: example the completely unfunny scooter ride and the late night drunken sequence. The party begins with the arrival of Ali Zafar who takes time to warm up to the proceedings, but once he does, there’s no holding him back. The actor had already displayed his flair for comedy in Tere Bin Laden. Once again, he showcases his spontaneity as the confused groom who suddenly realises he is still in love with his ex. For help, he turns to his brother once again and Imran Khan is more than willing to oblige, of course with Katrina’s vivacious contribution.

It is the verve factor which works admirably for the film which doesn’t have much to boast about in the story department. The film tries to remain high spirited throughout, both in terms of the narrative and the performances and mostly succeeds in keeping the smiles coming. The music by Sohail Sen has already become popular and comprises chartbusters like Madhubala and Kaisa Yeh Ishq Hai amongst others. All in all, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan holds out a promise for a pleasant weekend viewing.

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