Business rating: 3/5 stars
Star cast: Katrina Kaif, Imran Khan, Ali Zafar, Tara D’Souza.
What’s Good: The entertaining screenplay; the emotional undercurrent of the drama; Katrina Kaif’s fantastic performance; the hit music and the eye-pleasing song picturisations.
What’s Bad: The screenplay dips at a few places; a few comic scenes seem forced.
Verdict: Mere Brother Ki Dulhan has reasonable entertainment value, very good music, exciting song picturisations which will all result in a good run at the box-office.
Loo break: None really.
Watch or Not?: Watch it for Katrina Kaif’s fine performance and Ali Abbas Zafar’s direction.
Yash Raj Films’ Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is a love story. Kush Agnihotri (Imran Khan) works as an assistant director in Bollywood. His elder brother, Luv Agnihotri (Ali Zafar) has a job in London. Luv has just had a break-up from his girlfriend of several years, Piyali (Tara D’Souza). Luv telephones Kush, asking him to bride-hunt for him. He’s confident that his younger brother would be able to find a girl of his taste, as both the brothers have similar tastes. Now begins Kush’s hunt for a duhlan for his brother. After many failed attempts, he finally meets Dimple Dixit (Katrina Kaif), daughter of a bureaucrat (Kanwaljeet), when her father invites Kush in response to a matrimonial ad for Luv. Kush is shocked to meet Dimple as he knows her as a wild, fun-loving, bold but endearing girl whom he had met five years ago on an excursion. The two families also approve of the liaison and so preparations for the marriage of Luv and Dimple begin in right earnest. Although the Agnihotris live in Dehradun, the marriage is scheduled to be held in Delhi where the Dixits stay. In the course of the preparations, Dimple and Kush fall in love with one another, a fact Dimple realises on the first day she goes out with Luv when he arrives in Delhi from London for the marriage. Dimple speaks her heart out to Kush who takes a little longer to realise that he too is in love with her.
Dimple forces Kush to elope with her. Does Kush oblige? Is it so easy for the two lovers to unite? Or do they sacrifice their love for one another? Does Luv get to know that he is about to get married to a girl who loves his brother and whom his brother too loves? And what about Piyali? Answers to these questions are revealed in the latter part of the film.
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Review – Script Analysis
Ali Abbas Zafar’s story is based on the age-old formula of a love triangle and is not really novel. However, the screenplay, also penned by Ali Abbas Zafar, keeps the audience involved and engrossed at all times. The story unfolds in such a manner that the viewers are eager to know what is going to happen next. At places, the screenplay dips and the pace also slackens but overall, Ali Abbas Zafar manages to make the script impactful. The emotional points of the drama touch the heart, especially the scene where Dimple tells Kush that she has fallen in love with him. Also, the scene in which Kush feels miserable about falling in love with the girl whom he has selected as his brother’s wife touches a chord.
The emotional undercurrents in the drama make it more than just a light-hearted comedy. But what prevents the film from becoming a memorable love story is that the emotions don’t come full throttle. Also, right till the time Luv gets married, he doesn’t realise the truth about Kush and Dimple’s affair. The track of Kush and Dimple trying hard to take Luv out of their way looks a bit forced and slightly unbelievable. Nevertheless, the youth will enjoy the drama. The dialogues are good and entertaining at the same time. The youngsters will definitely identify more with the dialogues than the older generation.
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Review – Star Performances
Imran Khan does a fine job. He is more relaxed in the comic scenes as compared to his previous films. Katrina Kaif looks beautiful and endears herself to the audience. Her performance is absolutely fantastic. Katrina will also earn brownie points for her graceful dances. Ali Zafar acts with effortless ease except when he goes a bit overboard in some scenes. He looks cute. Tara D’Souza stands her own.
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Review – Direction
Debut-making director Ali Abbas Zafar has handled the film in a mature way. He succeeds in keeping the audience engaged for most of the duration of the drama and he has packaged the film in a very appealing manner. Music (Sohail Sen) is a big plus point of the film as all the songs are very appealing. Dhunki, Madhubala, Isq Risk and the title track are truly entertaining numbers. The lyrics (Irshad Kamil) of the Isq Risk song are very meaningful and take the drama forward. Song picturisations (Bosco-Caesar) are youthful, colourful and eye-filling. Background score is good. Sudeep Chatterjee’s camerawork is splendid. Ritesh Soni’s editing could’ve been slightly sharper.
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Review – Verdict
On the whole, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan has reasonable entertainment value, very good music, exciting song picturisations and an impressive start to make it a rewarding experience for all concerned.
Review updated on 12.00 IST on September 10, 2011.