Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011)

After several stints as an assistant director on other Yash Raj productions such as New York (2009) and Badmaa$h Company (2010), Ali Abbas Zafa’s directorial debut Mere Brother Ki Dulhan or My Brother’s Bride translated, is a quirky romantic comedy of errors set in the world of the upper middle class in Northern India and revolves around two brothers and a wild wedding.

When Luv Agnihotri (Ali Zafar) has a bad break-up with his girlfriend Piali (Tara D’Souza) in London, he insists that his younger brother Kush Agnihotri (Imran Khan) finds him an ideal bride from India. In his quest to locate a suitable partner for his brother, Kush encounters an array of crazy women and their families but has no luck in his endeavor, until he finally stumbles upon that perfect girl in Dimple Dixit (Katrina Kaif), an outgoing loud youngster whom Kush met a few years back on a trip in his college days. Kush decides that Dimple might just be the perfect bride for his brother, and after meeting one another, Dimple and Luv agree to the marriage. During the wedding preparations however, Kush and Dimple become closer and realize they have fallen in love with each other. What follows is a comical and unpredictable series of events in this topsy-turvy tale of love.

'Hey ... are you wearing my shirt?'
‘Hey … are you wearing my shirt?’

While those familiar with Bollywood conventions will find nothing particularly new or innovative in this somewhat predictable story, it’s the lovable chemistry between leads Katrina Kaif, Imran Khan and Ali Zafar, that ultimately keep this film flowing. Imran Khan, I Hate Luv Storys (2010), does a decent job as Kush Agnihotri, gelling well with his co-stars and is rather likable as the picture’s lead, although he portrays the ‘typical’ twenty-something male protagonist found in most Bollywood romantic comedies and has been typecast as the laid back, easy going boy next door. Singer turned actor Ali Zafar, Tere Bin Laden (2010), is quite impressive in his comical role as Kush’s brother, Luv Agnihotri, although some might be disappointed with his general lack of screen time. The brothers share some great comedic moments together throughout the picture but are ultimately making way for the film’s main attraction, Katrina Kaif.

Katrina Kaif, Ek Tha Tiger (2012), is the biggest reason one should watch Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, she simply jumps out of the screen in her role as Dimple Dixit; she is amusing, looks fantastic on screen and transforms every dance number into a glamorous and alluring delight thanks to her remarkable skills. Apparently Katrina’s Hindi isn’t up to scratch here as she is of British Nationality, however this won’t deter viewers who can’t actually understand Hindi, such as myself, from enjoying Katrina’s performance as her sheer exuberance is enough to satisfy.

The film’s soundtrack by Sohail Sen, What’s Your Raashee? (2009), is first-rate with almost every song being vibrant and energetic; highlights include the title track Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and the amusing number Choomantar. The dance sequences, while mostly situational, are excellently choreographed by Sudeep Chatterjee, Chakde! India (2007), and particularly lively thanks to the talented Katrina Kaif and some fabulous costumes, while taking advantage of several breathtaking Indian landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and it’s surrounding landscapes.

Those welders should have stopped by now!
Those welders should have stopped by now!

Ali Abbas Zafa who wrote and directed Mere Brother Ki Dulhan has done well with his first directorial effort utilizing the picture’s two-half structure as he uses the film’s first half to establish the main players and their relationships and it’s second to untangle these characters from the mess they find themselves intertwined in. Ali Abbas Zafa’s screenwriting skills on the other hand may still need some work, as the picture’s conventional script is probably it’s biggest letdown. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is foreseeable from the get-go, we’ve all seen this type of story before and we all know where it’s heading, although the film’s second half is slightly more exciting thanks to a few amusing comic set-ups and situations involving the schemes being hatched and executed by Kush and Dimple. That being said, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan never really disappoints and maintains a good entertaining momentum right to its enjoyable climax.

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan may be somewhat clichéd but remains great fun from start to finish thanks to an enjoyable cast and some terrific musical numbers. It’s quite clear that Hollywood romantic comedies don’t possess as much spiritedness as those from Bollywood, so if you’re in the mood for a wholesome, heartening, feel-good entertainer, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ticks all the right boxes and is a sheer delight to sit through, with adequate eye candy to boot.

3.5 / 5 – Great

Reviewed by Mr. Movie

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is released through Yash Raj Films