Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan: Fun one-time watch
Ali Zafar’s “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” is a slightly mindless but mostly funny rehash of an old romantic movie theme. Two guys, one girl, a wedding, lots of impossible situations and lots of songs are what make up this film.
Imran Khan plays Kush, a young Bollywood director entrusted with finding a bride for his London-based elder brother Luv (Ali Zafar), after the latter breaks up with his long-term girlfriend and decides he has had enough of relationships and wants to “settle down.”
After several false starts, Kush zeroes in on Dimple Dixit, the effervescent but slightly kooky daughter of a diplomat. Both families agree and within no time, they assemble for the wedding festivities. Both Kush and Dimple end up spending a lot of time together and of course, in accordance with the law of romantic movies, fall in love.
We are given no explanation for why Dimple and Luv do not communicate. It’s almost as if telephones and the internet didn’t exist, and in today’s age, it is difficult to believe that a couple in an arranged marriage wouldn’t communicate with each other more than once. Definitely something that rankles.
You will find many such holes in the script, especially in the second half, when Dimple and Kush use all kind of ruses to make sure Luv breaks up the marriage. However, what salvages this film is the light tone that Zafar manages to keep throughout. The dialogues are funny and Zafar himself is pretty adept at his comic timing.
Katrina Kaif brings zing to her role, and even though she overdoes it at times, (especially in the ‘Sholay’ scene), she is immensely likeable as Dimple Dixit. Her chemistry with Imran Khan is crackling and a large part of why the film worked for me.
There are way too many songs in the film and Zafar loses control sporadically. This could have been a shorter, tighter film.
If you are willing to ignore some flaws, this is a fun good one-time watch.