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Review: Dulha Mil Gaya is redundant

Review: Dulha Mil Gaya is redundant

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Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 09 January 2010

Movie Title

Review: Dulha Mil Gaya is redundant

Director

Mudassar Aziz

Star Cast

Sushmita Sen, Shah Rukh Khan, Fardeen Khan, Ishita Sharma

Sonia Chopra

Is this really 2010? Not if you ask the makers of this film that seem stuck in a time warp going by the exotic karva chauth celebrations, a shaadi vs. career debate, a commitment-phobic rich playboy who won?t commit, and the homely girl who finally tames him. We?re already suffering this nonsense on television; must films too take us back twenty years?

The story?s set in Trinidad. Shimmer (Sushmita Sen) is a supermodel living in a mansion with two warring assistants. She?s friends with Tej Dhanraj (Fardeen Khan, chubby), a rich playboy with a commitment problem. As per his father?s will, he has to marry his friend?s daughter in rural Punjab within 15 days to inherit the wealth. Tej travels to Punjab and marries the girl Samarpreet (Ishita Sharma, very good) within a day promising to return soon. His lawyer (producer Viveck Vaswani) assures him that they?ll keep sending a cheque every month to the nice people, and they need never come back for the girl. Three months later, when Samarpreet can?t seem to get in touch with her husband, she decides to travel to Trinidad to see if everything?s ok. On reaching there, she?s shocked seeing her husband getting cosy with other women. When Shimmer hears her story, she decides to give Samarpreet a makeover to teach her errant friend Tej a lesson. Then there?s another track where money-bags PRG (Shah Rukh Khan) is totally in love with Shimmer, who loves him but won?t marry him for the sake of independence and career (why is it an either/or situation for her, in any case?). Of course in the end, the preachy film tells her that running a house is bigger than any career, and she better marry her smitten lover or she?ll be all alone in ten years when her career?s over. So she?s tamed as well and the film is finally over.

Admittedly, the film has its moments, thanks largely to Sushmita Sen. As the ultimate diva; she?s hilarious and puts in a spirited performance. There are other fun things like pink cushions spelling out whatever action is happening like `trap? when the girls are egging on Tej to fall for Samarpreet?s made-over avatar. Sen makes for a lovely pair with Shah Rukh Khan... if only their love story wasn?t so filmy. The central love tale with Samarpreet and Tej is plain silly. She wants him despite his philandering ways; he buys her new makeover trick with coloured eye lenses and make-up.

Dialogue that shows some spark here and there, goes into the regressive mode too often. So you have the girl?s dad telling the groom, ?She?s your amanat now? and other dialogue suggesting the importance of karva chauth. Other archaic elements that are sure to get you nostalgic about films from the `90s include calling the family lawyer Mr Vakil, interspersing songs with shots of the dancers? waists, and the loyal servant calling the hero `baba?.

If only debut writer-director Mudassar Aziz hadn?t gone into the `all?s well that ends well? mode of family films from the past, there could?ve been a half-decent film, especially with this cast. Aziz does have a flair for storytelling and let?s hope his next one will be more in keeping with today?s times. That?s something the audience does expect of new blood in the industry. Despite Sushmita Sen?s vivaciousness, SRK?s cameo and a very able supporting cast, Dulha Mil Gaya doesn?t manage to stay afloat as it's a story that we?ve seen too many times already.

Verdict: One and a half stars

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