Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (transl. My brother's bride) is a 2011 Indian romantic comedy film directed and written by Ali Abbas Zafar. Produced by Aditya Chopra under the banner Yash Raj Films, it stars Katrina Kaif, Imran Khan, Ali Zafar, and debutant Tara D'Souza in leading roles, and tells the story of a man who finds a bride for his brother, but instead falls in love with her. The official trailer was released on 23 July 2011, and it was theatrically released in India on 9 September 2011. Upon release, it emerged as a major commercial success with a gross of ₹980 million (US$14 million) worldwide, and remains Khan's final commercial success to date.
|Mere Brother Ki Dulhan|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ali Abbas Zafar|
|Produced by||Aditya Chopra|
|Written by||Ali Abbas Zafar|
|Music by||Sohail Sen|
|Edited by||Ritesh Soni|
|Distributed by||Yash Raj Films|
|Budget||₹11 crore (US$1.6 million)|
|Box office||₹98 crore (US$14 million) (worldwide)|
When Luv (Ali Zafar) has a bad break-up with his girlfriend Piyali (Tara D’Souza), he insists his younger brother Kush (Imran Khan) to find him a bride. Kush travels all over India to find a bride, who is suitable for his brother. However, he and his friends are initially unsuccessful. Then enters Dimple Dixit (Katrina Kaif), an outgoing & loud youngster who Kush knew through friends. Kush decides Dimple is the perfect bride, and after meeting each other, Dimple and Luv agree to the marriage. Dimple's brother wants them to get married at a place in Agra, from where the Taj Mahal is visible.
During the wedding preparations however, Kush and Dimple realize they have fallen in love with each other. They come up with hilarious, crazy plans to get married, but fail in every attempt. Dimple then calls Piyali and makes her believe that Luv is still in love with her. Luv then realises that he does truly love Piyali and the two elope. When Dimple's father Dilip Dixit (Kanwaljit Singh) and Kush's father Swarnik (Parikshat Sahni) find this out, they initially have a fight first, but soon figure that the only way to protect their respect and pride is to agree Kush and Dimple to get married. However, Kush and Dimple lay out a condition: if Luv and Piyali can be accepted into the house, Kush will marry Dimple. The condition is accepted. In the end, Kush-Dimple and Luv-Piyali, the two lovebirds get married properly in a ceremony and are accepted joyously. During Kush-Dimple's wedding, Dimple arrives on the horse instead of Kush.
- Katrina Kaif as Dimple Dixit
- Imran Khan as Kush Agnihotri/Funny Maulana
- Ali Zafar as Luv Agnihotri
- Tara D'Souza as Piyali Patel a.k.a. Pia
- Sufi Malhotra as Robin
- Parikshit Sahni as Colonel Agnihotri
- Kanwaljit Singh as Mr. Dilip Dixit
- Suparna Marwah as Mrs. Agnihotri
- Karmveer Choudhary as Hariyanvi girl's father
- Marhu Sheikh as Mrs. Dixit
- Arfeen Khan as Ajay Dixit a.k.a. Ajju
- Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Shobhit
- Tariq Vasudeva as Rohit
- Brijendra Kala as Salman Bhai
- John Abraham as Himself (Special appearance)
- Iain Fraser as Scottish Tourist pushing airport cart
- Kyra Dutt as an item number
Yash Raj Films announced the then-untitled project on 5 August 2010. Ali Abbas Zafar, who's been an assistant director on a number of Yash Raj Films productions such as Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Tashan, New York and Badmaash Company, makes his feature writing and directing debut with this film, which has been described as a comedy of errors by lead actor Imran Khan. After Band Baaja Baaraat, this marks the second Yash Raj Films production in a row to be helmed by a first time director who was previously an assistant director. Zafar is originally from Dehradun, where much of the story is set. After years of working with Yash Raj Films, he submitted three love stories to producer Aditya Chopra, who eventually greenlit Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, enabling Zafar to start writing his 150-page long script. Ali Abbas Zafar is an alumnus of The Players, the acclaimed theatre society of Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, where he acted in different plays including an adaptation of William Golding's Lord of the Flies.
Like many Bollywood films, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan has suffered allegations that it is a rip-off of an American film even before filming wrapped. According to these sources, the film rips off Dan in Real Life, in which Steve Carell's character also falls in love with his brother's girlfriend (played by Dane Cook and Juliette Binoche respectively). The film has also drawn comparison to an earlier Yash Raj Films production, Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai.
Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif play the romantic leads in the film, and their involvement was announced in the same press release as the initial production company announcement. This is the first time they've been paired together. They were initially to star together in 7 Days in Paris for director Sanjay Gadhvi, but the film has been indefinitely postponed. some media publications have alleged that their casting was an attempt by Yash Raj Films to end a recent string of box-office flops and disappointments. While this is Imran Khan's first movie for Yash Raj Films, Katrina Kaif had previously worked with them (and then assistant director Ali Abbas Zafar) on the critical and commercial hit New York. She was able to take the role thanks to the postponement of Dostana 2 to which she was already committed. Her role has been reported in the media as different than characters she'it down after initially accepting it. It was then given to Ali Zafar (no relation to the director), an actor who'd received rave reviews for his debut film Tere Bin Laden and who confirmed his participation via his Twitter account. A popular singer, Zafar will also perform his character's singing in the film and described his casting as "a dream come true" and his role as a "parallel lead role". The film additionally stars a new actress Tara D'Souza who is a former Kingfisher model.
On 17 October 2010, several media outlets reported on the casting of Preity Zinta in an unspecified "glamorous role". The actress however quickly denied the report on her official Twitter page.
Filming started on 25 September 2010 and was scheduled to be completed by November. and Pataudi, before moving on to Chandigarh, Agra, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Haridwar, Dhanaulti, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh for a total of 45 days of filming in northern India and finally finishing the film in Mumbai. Juggling between this film and the final shots of Tees Maar Khan and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Kaif joined the shoot on 27 September.
A bloody incident happened very early in the shoot, on 29 September, while the crew was filming at Pataudi Palace. The scene being shot, comic in nature, involved Imran Khan pulling Katrina Kaif towards him while pointing a gun towards other cast members. However, Khan miscalculated the move and instead sent the gun barrel crashing into Kaif's nose, causing it to bleed profusely. Kaif was quoted as saying "I am pretty bruised but the staff feels it's good luck for the film. But it was a funny scene so I think it was worth it" and "Please don't make it seem as if Imran was careless or something. These things happen. We were shooting one of the really madcap scenes where the actors' limbs acquire a life of their own. Imran's hand landed on my face" Another incident of sorts was reported by the media in early October and involves an emotional scene where Kaif's character slaps Khan's. Kaif would have been content to slap Khan once, however he insisted on sixteen takes so that the director would have a variety of slaps to choose from. Kaif was involved in another accident a few weeks later while filming in Nabha. Her hair got caught in a fan, and it was thanks to co-star Ali Zafar's quick action that the incident didn't turn more serious. Zafar and a spot boy named Raju did however sustain minor injuries and bruises. The film's title, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, was revealed on 2 October along with a few promo pictures. Ali Zafar stated that Kaif promised him that if the film made over ₹ 600 million at the box office, she would do a music video with him.
Yash Raj Films were first aiming for a July 2011 release, but the release date was later pushed to 9 September 2011. The studio drastically changed their marketing tactics with this film by revealing the title and two stills a week into filming, whereas they have previously been very secretive about sharing such information until about a couple of months before the theatrical release. It was released in Pakistan on 9 September 2011.
The film received positive reviews from critics, particularly praising Katrina Kaif's performance. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama awarded it 4 out of 5 stars and wrote, "On the whole, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is a delectably wholesome, heartening, feel-good entertainer." Shivesh Kumar of IndiaWeekly awarded the movie 4 out of 5 stars. Daily Bhaskar awarded the movie 3 out of 5 stars and wrote, "Surely a treat for Katrina's fans, as it will be an experience to witness her talent." Komal Nahta of Koimoi gave it 3 out of 5 stars and said, "Mere Brother Ki Dulhan has reasonable entertainment value, very good music, exciting song picturisations which will all result in a good run at the box-office", but " The screenplay dips at a few places; a few comic scenes seem forced." Sukanya Verma of Rediff rated it 3.5 out of 5 stars and said, "At the end of the day, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is a pretty ordinary effort. It's the kind of movie where everyone looks catalogue cool and beams with enthusiasm to make the going-ons appear droll and exciting." Kaveree Bamzai of India Today also gave it 3.5 stars and wrote, "A large part of the film is a spoof—from Dabangg to My Name Is Khan. Some of it also an ode—from Padosan to Mughal e Azam. Some of it works, a lot of it doesn't." Gaurav Malani of The Times of India wrote, "The screenplay fails to tap the little potential that the story offers (esp. in the second half) pretty much like the film fails to exploit the talent of Ali Zafar. The writing is shallow and resorts to a convenient climax." Krita Coelho of Gulf News wrote, " Watch if you're a sucker for a sweet Bollywood romance." Reuters wrote, "If you are willing to ignore some flaws", Mere Brother Ki Dulhan "is a fun good one-time watch." Rahul Gangwani from Filmfare gave it 3 out of 5 stars and called it Knot recommend however he praised the performance of the lead actress and added: "the film ultimately belongs to Katrina Kaif. She sparkles, sizzles and infuses energy into the film. Watch out for the scene where she breaks into the shehnai rendition from Ashutosh Gowariker Swades." Rajeev Masand in his review for CNN-IBN called the film too predictable and said: "The film doesn't always work because it relies too heavily on silly stereotypes and clichés, and because you can see exactly where it's going from the moment you settle into your seat. I'm going with two out of five for director Ali Abbas Zafar's Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Aside from a few enjoyable moments, this film recycles so much that you've already seen before." Hamara Bollywood gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and said that Katrina Kaif's performance alone 'is worth paying the admission price.'
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan has had a good opening with first day of 75.0 million net, It had a good first weekend of 255.0 million net. the film held up well on Monday with business of the 37.5 million net mark, taking its four-day business to Rs 290 million net. It grossed ₹378.0 million (US$5.5 million) net in the first week of its release. It was declared a super hit after its net gross totalled ₹587.0 million (US$8.5 million) in 3 weeks. Thus it became the ninth highest-grossing film of 2011. At the end of its theatrical run the film grossed ₹595.3 million (US$8.6 million) Cr in India.
The film collected ₹200.0 million (US$2.9 million) from overseas markets.
|Mere Brother Ki Dulhan|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||9 August 2011|
YRF Studios, Saba Studio
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Sohail Sen chronology|
The score and soundtrack of the film is composed by Sohail Sen, best known for being the man behind the music of What's Your Raashee?. Lyrics are penned by Irshad Kamil, the first working between Sohail Sen and Irshad Kamil. Ali Zafar sings one song in the film. The music was released on 9 August 2011. The album contains six original tracks and two remixes.
|1.||"Mere Brother Ki Dulhan"||KK|
(Backing vocals: Krishna Beura)
|3.||"Choomantar"||Benny Dayal, Aditi Singh Sharma||4:20|
|4.||"Isq Risk"||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan||4:54|
|5.||"Madhubala"||Ali Zafar, Sreeram Chandra, Shweta Pandit||4:22|
|6.||"Do Dhaari Talwaar"||Shahid Mallya, Shweta Pandit||5:00|
|7.||"Choomantar" (Remix)||Benny Dayal, Aditi Singh Sharma||3:42|
|8.||"Isq Risk" (Risky Mix)||Sreeram Chandra, Neha Bhasin||4:39|
Music of the film got positive to mixed reviews from the critics. Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama rated the album favourably, awarding it 3.5/5, stating "Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is a winning album by all means and has in it to be widely popular in days to come. As expected, the entire soundtrack follows a fun approach without anything becoming overtly mushy or mellow. Composer Sohail Sen can be assured that he would now have a successful soundtrack to his name as well that would find a wide audience for itself." This is the music director's third work so far, the first two being What's Your Rashee and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. Nikhil Hemrajani of Hindustan Times wrote, "That all eight songs in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan's (MBKD) soundtrack are high-energy thumpers probably makes sense for the coming festive season. But there's nothing special about the music, so to speak."
|Filmfare Awards||Best Actress||Katrina Kaif||Nominated|
|Producers Guild Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Stardust Awards||Best Actress in a Comedy or Romance||Nominated|
|Best Debut Director||Ali Abbas Zafar||Won|
|4th Mirchi Music Awards||Female Vocalist of The Year||Neha Bhasin - "Dhunki"||Nominated|
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