Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Saturday 8 June 2002
Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai
Uday Chopra, Sanjana, Jimmy Shergill, Bipasha
Rating : * *
Producer Yash Chopra?s gift to his younger son, Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, is a straight lift from the Hollywood hit, My Best Friends Wedding. Directed by Sanjay Gadhvi, who had earlier made Tere Liye, this film is a love triangle with a twist.
Sanjay (Uday Chopra) is a Casanova always on the lookout for a new woman. He was earlier seeing Ria (Bipasha Basu), his roommate, for a week but after she dumped him their relationship became one of friendship. Life goes on normally till his childhood friend Anjali (Sanjana) calls him one fine day. She?s getting married and calls him for the shaadi to Dehradun. Sanjay is devastated hearing the news because he had always loved Sanjana. But he realizes that it is too late and he will have to do something if he wants to retain his love. He decides to break up the wedding at any cost and heads for Dehradun on his mission. Once there, he is thrilled when he meets Anjali but is very disappointed to see that her groom Rohit (Jimmy Shergill) is a dashing NRI from New York. For a moment, he feels that his hopes of sabotaging the wedding are over after seeing the charismatic and suave Rohit. But his love makes him decide to accomplish his mission at any cost and he starts off by poisoning her family against Rohit. He also keeps setting up traps for Rohit to fall into and in no time, the intelligent Rohit wakes up to the fact that the villain behind all the nasty coincidence in his life is none other than Sanjay. They confront each other wherein both decide to let Anjali choose whoever she wants as her husband. What follows is a whole lot of drama and a cat and mouse game between the two men. ?And finally in a surprising end that ruins the film, Sanjana ends up marrying Sanjay while Rohit and Ria dance at their shaadi. This climax was Yash Chopra?s gift to his son Uday.? ? ? ? ?
Watching this film gives a feeling of d?j? vu since so many scenes are picked up from various films. But the director has been sensible to put them together very well making it completely entertaining. He hasn?t wavered at all from the storyline and that is what makes it very interesting. Also, the film seems to have been ghost-directed at times by Yash Chopra as many of the emotional scenes bear his distinctive stamp. Overall, technically, the film has brilliant cinematography, decent music (Jeet-Pritam), good dialogues (especially between Jimmy and Uday) and pleasant performances. The film seems to have been written especially for Uday as the newcomer has the best lines and scenes. And he?s done his job with ease and confidence. Jimmy Shergill is effective as the decent groom-to-be and comes out well. But Sanjana should have worked harder on her performance. She looks ok, but is a mannequin when it comes to histrionics. Bipasha Basu is stunning and has tremendous screen presence. Directorially, Sanjay Gadhvi has done an average job and though the film is a copy, it makes interesting viewing and that?s a plus. And even though the story has a universal appeal, it will have more city audiences reacting to it. Remember the film?s publicity campaign, ?You Are Invited`. Accept the invitation, attend the Chopra shaadi and you?re not going to be disappointed!