This weekend, after a very long time, I got the chance to catch up on some movies. Luckily, I used my time wisely and watched some great flicks. I saw YRF's Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (MBKD) and Mujhse Fraandship Karoge (MFK) and I am now happy to say that our beloved Yash Raj Films is back on track.
I cannot lie -I wholeheartedly expected crap from both of the films. Last year's Band Baaja Baarat was phenomenal, but YRF has a tendency to be inconsistent. The trailers looked a bit cliche as well.
However, both MBKD and MFK had spunk, great music, fresh performances and innovative direction.
YRF has proved that big budgets mean nothing, at all. I would pick one of YRF's medium/low budget films, like these two, rather than some expensive project, like Dabaang or Singham (though I enjoy them both), any day.
In short, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, is all the reasons I love Hindi films and why. Katrina Kaif not only did the best acting of her career but also enacted a real character, not just some nameless, feeling-less girlfriend like in Tees Maar Khan or even Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Ali Zafar and Imran Khan were also great, with real characters and personalities but Katrina stole the show. The script did have some dips here and there but they were all ignorable. And what movie does not have those moments? The debutant director, Ali Abbas Zafar, is also commendable. His picturization of the songs and new take on the overused "falling in love with my brother/friend's fiance" scenario was awesome. He did a great job. The cinematography was breathtaking. Not many people watch a movie and think "Vaahh. What wonderful cinematography?". I usually do not either but I took a double take when I saw some of the scenes at the Taj Mahal. Take a stand Mr. Sudeep Chatterjee! Sohail Sen, the music director, pumped out some great jams too. Choomantar and Isq Risk are beautifully shot and sounded good before I watched the film...now they sound GREAT.
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge is the product of Yash Raj Film's subsidiary, named Y-Films. It is a "facebook" love story that revolves around four college students, who lie and cheat to impress each other. The film does not only attempt being fresh but succeeds in being fresh. Often times, in "fresh" films, the situations are forced and are unrealistic.In MFK, all of the situations are believable and true to the youth. Basically, Preity likes the "cool" Rahul and Vishal likes the "hot" Malvika. Preity and Vishal are both insecure and in order to talk to their prospective love interests, hide their identities on Facebook. Little do they know, Preity is using Malvika's Facebook and Vishal is using Rahul's Facebook. Complicated, right? All you need to know is that the movie is fun, has very innovative music and has actors that are all so charming! Vishal is played by Saqib Saleem, a young man who has bowled me over. He is an adorable actor, who has the charisma of Ranveer Singh in Band Baaja Baarat, yet the flavor of only one person-himself. The "cool" Rahul is played by Nishant Dahiya and is perfect for the sexy Jock that he plays. The choice in actors is impeccable and I can now say that finally, new faces are arriving in Bollywood. It has been decades since Akshay, Salman, Hrithik, Aamir and SRK have been reigning the Hindi film scene, but we can all admit that we need new actors for the coming years and...now we have them!
Do not miss these two!