Saturday, September 10, 2011

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011)

The thing about froth is this: It makes a drink more interesting, appetizing and gives it a fresh look. However, ultimately, it’s just a whole lot of bubbles that eventually fizzle out. What matters is the drink at the bottom: how much and how good that is. In case of Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, the froth is great. The product is slick and the embellishments work. However, the drink itself is just about average. That is not to say it’s a bad film. I’ve said it before, I will say it again: Formulas exist for a reason. When used properly, they can be quite entertaining. MBKD, for better or for worse, is pure formula. It plays to the strengths of the formula by embracing its silliness and having a jolly good time with it, making it just about entertaining enough to make it worthwhile.

The story is clear from the trailers itself: Luv (Ali Zafar), who lives in London, wants to settle down with an Indian bride. He leaves the bride hunting to his younger brother Kush (Imran Khan), an assistant director, with a penchant for the filmy. After much searching, he finds Dimple (Katrina Kaif), a reformed wild child who knows how to enjoy life to the fullest. As the wedding preparations are underway, Kush and Dimple find themselves falling for each other leading to a comedy of errors.

The story, script, dialogues and direction are all by first timer, Ali Abbas Zafar.  His story is routine and his script is uninspired. It maneuvers through the various romantic comedy clichés as if written in autopilot. There are no plot twists whatsoever and the film plays steadfastly to the formula. It is also too long by 15 minutes thanks to the needlessly extended climax.

Nevertheless, the film works by and large primarily because it avoids the emotional and the sappy and keeps the proceedings light throughout. The dialogues are hilarious in several places and Zafar, the director directs the film with a sure, steady hand. He embraces the filmy and goes to town with it. The film is abound with movie references and some of them truly bring the house down. He relies on the goofiness of its primary cast that delivers well. Katrina Kaif’s character is genuinely interesting and for the first time, she actually delivers a great performance. She is laugh out loud funny, gorgeous and charming without trying too hard. Her performance here is similar to Kareena Kapoor’s in Jab We Met. Her chemistry with Imran Khan helps make even the dullest moments bearable. They look great together and complement each other throughout. Imran Khan has mastered the role of the boy next door and enacts his role effortlessly. He does seem to break out of character during some of the songs though. Ali Zafar is awkward and ill at ease initially but settles into his role reasonably well as the film progresses. The music is zesty and helps add to the youthful atmosphere the film is aiming at. The production work is excellent and the camera feasts on the beautiful people and historical locations.

Ultimately, MBKD is hardly hatke. There isn’t anything here that you haven’t seen before. Nevertheless, it is harmlessly frothy, forgettable, filmy fun that will keep you entertained throughout. It is a perfect date movie: sweet and amusing enough to entertain and predictable enough to allow for other extracurricular distractions. 

Rating: 3/5

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