With the title being quiet obvious, there is little to guess the story line of the movie “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan”. Having tasted runaway success in their last respective releases Delhi Belly and Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara, Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif comes together in Yash Raj films, which again had a good outing in their last venture Band Bajaa Bharat and with the songs Dhunki, Choomantar already topping the musical charts, the expectations are invariably high for this movie.
To begin Meri Brother Ki Dulhan is a run of the mill rom-com banking heavily on Bollywood candy floss, clean comedy, over-the-board cinematic liberties, good music and the lead pair. Luv Agnihotri (Ali Zafar) currently living in London has a breakup with his 5 year old girl friend and calls his younger brother Kush Agnihotri (Imran Khan) to find him a bride. So Kush is on a bride hunt and finally finds Dimple (Katrina Kaif). Wild and free spirited Katrina is not a stranger to Kush, having bumped into each other during a college trip 5 years back. Katrina agrees to marry Luv and parents set up the marriage. With few days to go for marriage, things take a predictable turn with Kush and Dimple falling in love. The second half of the movie is how both of them manage to stop the marriage without hurting the sentiments of his brother and family and get themselves paired with parental nod.
The movie is quiet light hearted and cinematically exaggerated romantic comedy, so don’t put on their thinking cap and try to be critically analytic. If the movie holds on it is due to Katrina’s bindaas characterization and portrayal though you get a feeling the chemistry between the lead pair is tad missing, though the individually they sparkle albeit bit reserved. Pakistani actor Ali Zafar is perfect as the elder bro, though he is not a spontaneous actor, he manages to get his act well. Tara D’souza as Ali Zafar’s girl friend Pooja stands on her own along side Katrina and is a revelation.
I wonder if it was deliberate or just plain coincidence the similarity in Dhunki song and the trailers of Ranbir kapoor’s Rockstar movie and the spoof on My Name Is Khan SRK by Dimple’s brother character with a Rubik cube in hand was just in bad taste. Debutant director Ali Abbas Zafar manages to carry on the movie inspite of many predictable clichés.
GingerChai verdict: A run of the mill rom-com with many predictable clichés and entertaining in parts, a time pass movie riding on Katrina’s vivacious energy watch it if you have nothing much to do on the weekend.