Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif are riding on the success of their previous films Delhi Belly and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara respectively. After the success of 'I Hate Love Stories', this is the second outing for Imran and Yash Raj together. Ali Zafar of Tere Bin Laden fame is a favorite with the fairer sex. All of these seem a great combo for debutante director Ali Abbas Zafar whose film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan has hit the theatres today. Let’s see if it works for him and the audience.
As the name suggests, the story is about a guy falling in love with his brother’s bride. A Subject already touched upon at 'Sorry Bhai' but this is a romantic comedy. Luv (Ali Zafar) breaks up with his long time girlfriend and in his depression, decides to get married ASAP. He assigns the task of finding a suitable bride to his brother Kush (Imran Khan) who is an assistant director. After much looking around, Kush meets Dimple( Katrina Kaif) five years after a trip with a mutual friend – but this time as his prospective sister-in-law. Dimple is a bold fun loving outgoing girl who lives life her way and would beat up anyone who took advantage of her nature. Situation demands that Kush steps in to make arrangements for his brother’s arrival to meet the girl and her parents. In the process, Kush and Dimple fall in love. The story moves on entertainingly to show how love blossoms in an arranged marriage and the love birds try hard to convert their love story and make it arranged.
The film is a case of Tanu Weds Manu meets DDLJ where all the planned pranks come out well in this film. Like 'I Hate Luv Stories', it pays homage to several Bollywood films. The director has used several old songs like “Meri Pyari Bindu’, ‘Parde mein rehne do’ etc at relevant places in the film that compliment the story beautifully. The screenplay is good on the whole. It starts off decently but gets a little boring until the end of the first half. It picks up very well after the interval and moves pretty fast. The direction lacks some vision but overall the feel is good, especially for a debut.
Imran Khan impresses with his natural performance proving once again that Rom-Com is his forte. Katrina Kaif rocks as the bubbly and high spirited Dimple. This is by far her best performance. She exudes confidence and panache. Ali Zafer puts up an enjoyable act though he does overact in a few places. John Abraham’s special appearance is wasted. The rest of the cast have done their bit brilliantly especially Parikshat Sahni & Kanwaljeet Singh as the Father of the groom and bride respectively. Tara D'Souza looks great and acts with confidence.
As any Yash Raj production, the film looks bright and good. Sudeep Chatterjee has done well with the camera. Background score is decent and so is the music, both of which are done by Sohail Sen. Several great dialogues make up for the flaws in the screenplay especially in the first half. Bosco Martis and Caesar Gonsalves’ choreography is commendable. Katrina evolves as a dancer while Imran’s steps are choreographed simply but impressively.
The comedy sequences are few and far in between. They lack punch in the first half of the film. However, the second half makes up for the film. On the whole the film is a decent entertainer and worth a watch.
Verdict: If not a laugh will definitely bring a smile on your face.