Mere Brother Ki Dulhan – The title says it all doesn’t it. It reminds you of Sorry Bhai and a few other films in the recent past, but it’s the package that makes this Ali Abbas Zafar directed film stand out. Two good-looking popular actors, trailers that promise entertainment, good music and the Yashraj banner have made this film ‘hot property’ in the trade. But all that will only help during the initial weekend, after which its the content that matters. Does Mere Brother Ki Dulhan work? Read on
Story as you might already know is about Imran Khan (Khush) in search of a bride for his brother, who is a NRI in UK. He bumps into Katrina Kaif, who he’s already met 5 years back. The wedding is finalized and Ali Zafar (Luv) lands in India to marry Katrina, who by then has already fallen in love with Imran. How the two lovers get out of this pretty complicated situation, forms the rest of this very predictable story.
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Review
What works: – Apart from Ali Zafar’s performance, not much. Zafar is outstanding and he’s the only reason the film was to-an-extent watchable. The tributes to Aamir, Salman, Shahrukh and Hrithik (Jodha Akbar scene) are probably the only scenes the audience seemed to enjoy the most and that was mainly because of the popularity of those stars.
What doesn’t work: The performances from the main lead (Imran, Katrina) disappoint big time. Not once do they get their comic timing right and Katrina, who until now was improving with each film, overdoes her Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani act. Imran Khan is clearly outshined, in every scene, by the brilliant Ali Zafar.
The pace is terribly slow and with the runtime at almost 150 minutes, it feels even longer. The love story doesn’t work, since the chemistry between the lead pair is lacking, Half way into the second half you stop caring about the characters and their feelings. The music is decent, but doesn’t go too well with the film. The last 15 minutes or so, seem to be forced, just to add a twist in the tale.
Overall, for an utterly predictable rom-com like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, strong performances by the lead was always going to be the key, actors who rise above the script and add magic to the dullest of stories. With better actors, the outcome would have been different.
Disappointing.Rating: (For Ali Zafar’s performance and a few scenes that make you laugh)
Other notes: We always wonder why Bollywood is obsessed with actors in their late 40s. The main reason is the dirt of young talent. While watching a movie like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, you actually miss the charisma and screen presence that the Khan’s, Hrithik or even Ranbir command.