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Friday, August 19, 2011
'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan'
'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan' is the upcoming Yash-Raj Films production.
It is all geared up for release and the promos on air have caught my fancy.
The Yash-Raj Films banner have always been associated with romantic flicks.
Of late, they have even tried to re-invent their brand of romantic films.
Instead of the staple formula, there have been some innovations by them,
many of them helmed by new directors, who have tried to infuse freshness,
there have been a bit of experimenting with the execution too, some of their films have backfired, despite the changes brought about in varying degrees, and a few have emerged winners too.
Much of the story is set in Dehradun, and the portions of the film have been shot there.
There have been widespread rumors that the film is loosely based on the films like 'Dan in Real Life' and 'My Brother's Wife', however, those have been quashed by the makers. The young director has said that his debut directorial venture has actually been inspired by the matrimonial advertisements in the newspapers where people are on the lookout for an ideal Indian woman to get married to. It's reassuring that the film will not be banking on the risqué quotient (very much in display in the Spanish film 'My Brother's Wife') and rather would have all the spice, the masala, that one would normally expect from a mainstream Bollywood offering.
As far as the promotional videos are concerned, they are surely gripping.
The trailers give us a n exuberant, youthful feel.
The last time that the Yash-Raj banner had a winner,
in the light-hearted romantic genre, was 'Band Baaja Baaraat',
and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one too.
The film has been described as a topsy-turvy tale set amongst upper-middle class families in northern India.
Imran Khan plays the brother to Ali Zafar, and falls in love with the latter's fiancée, played by Katrina Kaif.
But that's just the basic plot-line; the makers have been fiercely guarding the details, as they are expected to do.
Imran Khan, the male protagonist of the film, is now much in demand after the huge success of 'Delhi Belly', which got a terrific response from the young audience, and from the critics.
Imran is hopeful that 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan', which he has described as a comedy of errors, will strike a chord with the masses.
Ali Zafar, who has a huge fan following as a singer-actor in Pakistan, had done a brilliant comed called 'Tere Bin Laden' last year, and, basking from his success therein, he did not hesitate to sign up as the second male lead after it had reportedly been turned down by Ritesh Deshmukh.
Katrina Kaif has been paired with Imran Khan after their much speculated upon project with director Sanjay Gadhvi failed to take off.
The director, Ali Abbas Zafar, has been working as an assistant with this very production house for a while, with films like 'Jhoom Barabar Jhoom', 'Tashan', 'New York', and 'Badmaash Company', and this one marks his writing as well as directorial debut.
The film stars Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ali Zafar, Tara D'Souza and Kanwaljit Singh, and John Abraham reportedly has a cameo appearance.
I sincerely hope that this film lives up to its promise of being a frothy entertainer.
Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif look great as a pair. The songs are super-cool.
Katrina Kaif has donned a rockstar-avatar (in the 'Dhunki' song) for the first time.
The film's writer and director: Ali Abbas Zafar;
Cinematographer: Sudeep Chatterjee; Editor: Ritesh Soni.
And the zany songs have been composed by Sohail Sen.
Certified by the makers: A guarantee of freshness.