Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge
Critic's Rating: 19/5
Friday 10 August 2001
Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge
ENTERTAINMENT is David Dhawan`s middle name. But then, so is mindless. Which brings us to Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge starring Salman Khan and Karisma Kapoor.
It`s a film that can be neatly divided into its two halves. The first takes inspiration from the recent Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin and the second from the 1960 black and white Ek Phool Char Kaante. In this case, Karisma Kapoor is the phool (flower) and Om Puri, Paresh Rawal and Anupam Kher her mamas (maternal uncles) are the kaante (thorns).
All these uncles have their quirks. Om Puri is a fitness fanatic, Paresh Rawal is a god fearing man immersed in prayer and Anupam Kher is a gay man who wears a ghastly wig, ghastlier clothes and loves to dance. Each wants Karisma to be like him and eventually marry a boy of his choice.
Meanwhile Salman Khan`s family which consists of his mother Farida Jalal, his father Kader Khan and an awfully meddlesome maid Himani Shivpuri have decided that they want Karisma to light up their lives as their bahu (daughter-in-law).
Kader Khan proposes the marriage, but the uncles reject the match. So he sends his son Salman to follow Karisma, harass her but to eventually cajole her. He does so in the scenic locales of Switzerland and Austria with a busload of cronies looking on and they come back to India. Needless to add much singing and dancing goes into the cajoling. This brings to the end of the first half of the movie.
Back in India he has to convince the uncles to let the lass marry him and amazingly, that involves a fresh lot of dancing and singing. The silver lining is that Salman and Karisma do it with gusto. Their body language speaks volumes and they wear terrific clothes. Not that, that makes Salman keep his shirt on. As usual he sheds it at every opportunity.
Somewhere along the way Indian values are expounded. So, Indian girls don`t send out come-hither signals, they don?t touch or get touched by the man they are sharing the room with and they don`t elope. They marry after permission is granted and they also wear itsy-bitsy clothes. Any signals given by the said clothes are incidental and accidental.
Once the songs are sung and the three uncles duly chastened the film ends with the loving couple married, thus justifying the title.
David Dhawan loves to make much ado about nothing but he does it with so much verve and flair it`s fun. For sheer timepass it`s difficult to beat a Dhawan project. He also has the knack of extracting excellent camerawork, this time from Harmeet Singh and since he does the editing himself, technical aspects are well taken care of giving the film a glossy look.
Salman and Karisma`s on screen chemistry is magic. They both look good and dance beautifully too. If the story is hackneyed, who cares. It is a film without pretensions and should be enjoyed as one.