Marriage is an occasion for celebration and fun for any middle class family in North India. But the task of finding a suitable bride for an educated boy from such a family is not so fun.
Director Ali Abbas Zafar deals with this paradox in his debut movie 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan' (MBKD)
The story unfolds with the twists and turns which leads to a hilarious comedy.
Kush Agnihotri (played by Imran Khan) sets out in search for an ideal dulhan (bride) for his brother Luv (played by Ali Zafar) who stays in London. Kush's hunt takes him across the length and breadth of North India - Dehra Dun, Bhopal, Faridabad, Nagpur, Lucknow, Agra and Delhi.
At last, he finds a suitable bride for his brother in Dimple who is a rock star. Dimple (played by Katrina Kaif), who grew up in London, is the craziest and the most freedom-loving girl he has ever met.
Things soon take a topsy-turvy turn after the arrangement of marriage between Dimple and Luv. Dimple realizes that Kush is his man, not Luv.
Dimple and Kush sketch a plan to break the marriage arrangement. They bring Luv's ex-girl friend to the scene. They force her to entice Luv and to instigate the dormant instinct in him.
Luv marries his ex-girl friend, giving way for the union of Kush and Dimple at the end.
Well, the love angle, the topsy-turvy turns it takes, elopement and marriage are nothing new in Bollywood. But director Ali Abbas Zafar's treatment of the theme has made a difference. The movie doesn't have the usual daubing of sentiments common to debutant directors.
He should be appreciated for avoiding foreign locations and exploring the colours and culture of North India.
Pakistani actor Ali Zafar, who speaks chaste Hindi with no trace of Urdu, deserves a special mention. Also, the 'Madhubala' song which he has sung for the movie takes us to the 70s. The song, rendered instantaneously, reminds us of 70s' hits like 'Jai Jai Shiv Shankar.'
Music director Suhail Sen deserves special mention. The peppy title song 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan' is already a hit. As expected, the entire soundtrack follows a fun approach without anything becoming overtly mushy or mellow
Verdict: MBKD is a wholesome entertainer for the family audience.