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Movie Review: Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

Yash Raj films latest release, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (MBKD), premiered in Abu Dhabi yesterday.  Thanks to Masala magazine, I was given a chance to meet-and-greet the stars of the movie: Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ali Zafar, followed by tickets to the world premiere.

MBKD boasts of an excellent soundtrack, eye-catching promos and a fresh, young cast.  All these factors gave the feeling that the film would kick-off the next few months of festive blockbuster releases.

MBKD is the story of how Luv (Ali Zafar) asks his brother Kush (Imran Khan) to find him a bride, that turns out to be Dimple (Katrina Kaif). With three headlining stars, it isn’t hard to guess how this love triangle plot pans out.  And that’s exactly MBKD’s main flaw.

While watching MBKD, you can’t help but be reminded of some past Bollywood blockbustersnamely 2007’s Jab We Met. There are ample visuals of rural India, references to running away, and even glimpses of Kareena Kapoor’s Geet in Dimple and Shahid Kapoor’s Aditya in Kush. While the actors in MBKD have done justice to their roles, they aren’t given any depth that makes you connect with them.

The first half of the movie is extremely predictable and about 30% of the audience at the premiere had decided that was enough for them.  The second half is marginally better thanks to some spirited acting. Sohail Sen’s soundtrack has some excellent chartbusters that are well-choreographed and executed.  Bonus points for the choreography in the title track featuring Imran Khan pulling off Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, and Shah Rukh Khan’s signature moves.

All three actors get significant screen time.  Katrina excels in her rocker chic avatar and seems to have developed a flare for comedy.  Imran Khan is dependable and likeable as always and has a great chemistry with Katrina. Ali Zafar has a unique style of acting, atypical to most Bollywood stars, but unfortunately gets hammy in a few scenes.  Tara D’Souza as Pyali/Pia does a great job and looks enticing in “Do Dhaari Talwar.”

If you are bored this weekend and have nothing better to do, head to the cinema or watch the Yash Raj Films last and more superior movie, Band Baaja Baraat.

Dollz Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5

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Synopsis:
“Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” is a quirky romantic comedy set in the world of the upper middle class in Northern India. Kush Agnihotri (Imran Khan) is looking for the ideal Indian bride for his Brother Luv Agnihotri (Ali Zafar) who stays in London.

In his quest, Kush goes through an array of wacky encounters with several families until he finally finds that perfect girl in Dimple Dixit (Katrina Kaif), the craziest / wackiest girl he has ever known.

Both the families meet. Formalities completed. Preparations proceed in full swing. And just then, our hero Kush falls in love with Dimple… his brother’s dulhan.

What follows is a comical and unpredictable series of events in this unusual topsy-turvy tale of love.

This September, Yash Raj Films invites you to the craziest wackiest masaledaar wedding of the year. Written and Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra, the film releases worldwide on September 09, 2011.

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  1. I watched this movie @ Wave Cinemas and Ali Zafar looks a bit uncomfortable…don’t worry Ali, you don’t need to work in movies to become famous…you are already the one of the biggest pop star! to be honest, I think you should start to focus on music and stop wasting time. Music is something you’re best at and something you enjoy doing. One of you biggest fan:)