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Mere Brother Ki Dulhan opened throughout Pakistan on Friday.

KARACHI: The exclusive back-to-back premieres of Yash Raj Films’ Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (MBKD), which opened throughout Pakistan on Friday, were well-attended events.

Not only were the glitterati and celebrities in full attendance, but the event also wiped away unsavoury memories of Ali Zafar’s Bollywood debut, Tere Bin Laden, being banned at the last minute from being screened throughout Pakistan.

But then there’s a big difference in the content matter of both the films: where the TBL was somewhat loosely structured around a fake Osama bin Laden look-alike and focused on certain elements of society who exploit a situation to their benefit, the MBKD is a light-hearted comedy skirting around the issue of mismatched couples with a hit soundtrack that is predicted to do great things not only for the film but Ali Zafar’s musical career as well.

The MBKD red carpet premiere, promoted by Ponds and arranged by distributors International Multi Group of Companies (IMGC) late on Thursday night at the Atrium Mall cinema in Karachi, coincided with another in Lahore, and saw fashion critics and coordinators, entertainment journalists and editors along with Rahat and Sahira Kazmi, Frieha Altaf, Faisal Qureshi (comedian), director Ahsan Rahim, make-up artist Rukaiya Adamjee, Nadia Hussain, Sadia Imam, Komal Rizvi, Humayun Saeed, Zhalay Sarhadi, Ayesha Omer and many others giving their comments to the media on the crimson carpet. They were there not only to see the film but also to cheer Ali Zafar on his way to Bollywood gold and glory.

“Ali [Zafar] is one of the very few celebrities in Pakistan who can truly become global ambassadors. He is educated, articulate and talented, and I am happy for him as he holds his own against Katrina Kaif and Imran Khan in the film and shines when he sings — which is his forte. I hope that Pakistan at some point can build a platform where we can create celebrities. I recommend the MBKD to everyone as it is good, clean entertainment,” said noted fashion and film critic Aamna Haider Isani.

In an interview to Sunday’s fashion and entertainment section of Dawn’s weekly magazine, Images on Sunday, Ali answered a query about having the cast and crew in Pakistan at the premiere with: “We were meant to do a premiere in Karachi but then, look at the conditions here.”

The story of the MBKD revolves around Kush Agnihotri (Imran Khan) who is on the search for a prospective wife for his brother Luv (Ali Zafar) who works as a banker, lives in London and has recently broken up with his long-time girlfriend, Piali Patel (Tara D’Souza). Kush’s search leads him to the feisty and fiery Dimple Dixit (Katrina Kaif) whom he knows from his college days some five years back thanks to a flashback sequence, and he chooses her for Luv, not knowing that he’s about to open a Pandora’s box for all three of them.

Peppered with light, romantic, peppy songs such the title song Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Dhunki, Choomantar, Ishq Risk, Madhubala and Do Dhaari Talwar, they propel matters towards a mildly predictable but nevertheless entertaining conclusion, for it’s the journey that matters here rather than the destination. Things come together in the end with the audiences giving Ali Zafar a big hand for his well-executed role although there are shades of nervousness as he faces Katrina for the first time and he falters in a few scenes when it comes to a display of appropriate emotions. But such minor setbacks are conveniently overlooked and easily forgotten, given that it is a big banner production by Yash Chopra and such lucky breaks for talent from Pakistan are few and far between. The bloopers at the end of the movie as the credits roll are also quite entertaining and not to be missed. Oh, and the MBKD director Ali Abbas Zafar is not to be confused with Ali Zafar.

Next, audiences will see Ali Zafar in London, Paris, New York, which he has already started work on and is also its music director. The film is presented by Fox Studios and produced by Rose Films.

Comments (27) Closed

A. Shiraz Sep 10, 2011 03:13pm
Pakistan has to stop amusing itself with Bollywood fare and focus on improving her own artists and her own film industry. The performance arts are just as important if not more than education, industry and military. Our religious radicals and right wing extremists have decimated what could have been an educational and shared cultural experience. We want to excel/ compete with India in producing the best moral education through film.
waseem Sep 10, 2011 03:40pm
I think pakistani media should support pakistani films like bol and love mei gum. these films are worth watching and better than bollywood films. Please support and appreciate own people and culture.
Javed Sep 10, 2011 03:55pm
The only reason why they didnt ban this one was because it has Katrina Kaif in it, and this country cannot think about anything else apart from her. At least Tere Bin Laden would have been more interesting and enjoyable to watch instead of yet another comedy love story with a redundant plot in a different setting. Still cheers to Ali Zafar for landing that role.
Ajay Sep 10, 2011 04:17pm
Pakistani actors are welcomed in Bollywood and will always be...
Ajay Sep 10, 2011 04:23pm
Guys no point in shouting against Bollywood you know it...its very BIG.Bollywood daily turnover is Lollywood Yearly enjoy as rest of Pakistan enjoys Bollywood.
Durjay Sep 10, 2011 04:58pm
WHat is ur culture !!! ComeOn man.. Art does not have a boundary.. When terrorism should have been kept within a boundary you are not hesitating to export it...but when it comes to art thats too imported, you have reservation for it ...Hypocracy at its best....
Prabhat Pal Sep 10, 2011 05:36pm
India Pakistan are culturally similar, don't delude yourself and stop denying it. And how do you watch Hollywood if culture is so important?
Rahul Sep 10, 2011 05:47pm
Pakistani peoples welcome in India but we never welcome terrorist. We are peace loving nation but when someone impose something on us we reply with our own style. As long as pakistan play a good neighbour its good for subcontinent.
Bilal A Sep 10, 2011 09:58pm
Thanks India for giving our artists the chance to prove their worth at a bigger stage. Pakistan does not export terrorism. Its unfortunate that label of few bads is imposed on masses. Pakistan remembers samjhotya express but we always talk of peace. Peace is the only way out.
murali Sep 11, 2011 12:02am
Every talented Pakistani artist is welcome in Bollywood and India. Every Indian Admired Paki movie Khudakeliye. Please be sensible enough to respect art. Just have a look at the cast in the move, Katrina, Imran Khan, Ali Zafar , and Directed by Ali abbas. All muslims and I bet you can never find an Indian complaining about it. That’s our culture.
koogee Sep 11, 2011 02:36am
Culturally similar? Very little. Though I agree that art has no boundaries...but art *alone* is not the entire culture.
Mitra Maharaj Sep 11, 2011 04:50am
Keep in mind this is a movie for entertainment and not a political statement. If you want a bit of entertainment and excitement buy a ticket. If not, stay at home and watch television. No need to be overly nationalist about it. There are good movies being made all over the world. Why restrict yourself to Indian or Pakistani made films. Based on the review I just read in this article, I certainly plan to see this movie when it is released in North America. By the way Tere Bin Laden is also an excellent movie.
Shah Sep 11, 2011 05:27am
When the star shines then no country, border or barrier can stop its light, regardless if its Pakistan or India. These are “big-boy” games and they know how to play, how to blame, and how to create associative stories. People like you and me become victims of these actions and pay high prices. These actions have a goal behind them such that you and I never become good friends. Ali Zafar, Atif Aslam, Rahat Ali, Amanat Ali, Adnan Sami, Imran Khan, Salman Khan, Amir Khan, Qureshi-Bopanna and Sharukh Khan as individuals can shine but the “big-boys” will never let you all do the same as a community. Asia could have been the key of a successful economy a while back because of what we possess and the number of talents we have as a community. Please learn to welcome without adding threats. -- A neighboring friend.
MPuri Sep 11, 2011 08:39am
Come on..Mr. Shiraz, Don't you think this sort of mentality has pushed pakistani film industry and many other similar institutions back rather than progress. Canada know they cannot compete with Hollywood and so they keep within their boundaries and I suggest Pakistan should do the same without keeping India in the picture..that won't take you a matter of fact I am not hopeful for Pak Film Industry somehow. But no harm in trying..good luck
Larry Sep 11, 2011 08:54am
okay lets not start talking good/bad neighbours or exporting terrorism..that could become a very long debate (rightly so) as we all know! so lets just focus on the topic at bay. appreciating our folks doing well in bollywood is one thing but personally what i'd like to see is our own cinema making improvements and coming up with more quality features like bol, khuda ke liay etc - which could then also be shared cross borders.
kali Murgi Sep 11, 2011 11:35am
Pak actors are doing the right job by working in Indian films.
Steve Sep 11, 2011 01:12pm
I was expecting a review of Love Mein Ghum. That never came unfortunately.
Steve Sep 11, 2011 01:17pm
Yes, Indians are welcome in Pakistan and apparently bollywood movies are abundantly shown in all cinemas in Pakistan, but Pakistan does not welcome Indian terrorism either. People to people ties are great but not everything goes.
saby Sep 11, 2011 01:38pm
Im Pakistani n m very proud of it. But when talk about films i just think about what im going to watch, we should think what we r going to watch would it gonna be entertain u or not ? Dont talk about nations as we dont when go for Hollywood.
Faisal Iqbal Sep 12, 2011 02:06am
Ali Zafar is looking very exceptional in the movie. He is such an attractive actor. Talented person. Gr8 work ! FAISAL IQBAL
nitin kandya Sep 12, 2011 12:26pm
Not only Khuda Key liye....but BOL is also being appreciated in India. Talent shines everywhere.......
mere brother ki dulh Sep 12, 2011 01:18pm
I love you Katrina. You were looking great in the movie.
Vijay Sep 12, 2011 02:13pm
Talent is like a water. It must flow from higher ground to Lower ground where it can merge in a sea finally. It will happen in every field. Due to limited size and options in pakistani film industry its natural for pakistani actor/singer to find new market and new avenues to broaden their reach. An indian actor will go to hollywood to reach bigger market. Ultimately audience like us benefits and lets appreciate and enjoy this. There is no doubt both side of the border love each others culture, films and music. But due to size of Indian industry it overshadows pakistani products which might be better in some cases. The best thing is collaborate and grow with Indian industry that is in the interest of Pakistani industry. Audience on both side of border will benefit.
pinky Sep 13, 2011 03:56pm
Rs. 25 crores collection in 3 days in India !
sana yasin Sep 14, 2011 11:12am
this article was on Movie not on terrorism.Hollywood is full actors n actress who r not Americans.but they never talk about borders, neighbors and all that. Please come out of that balloon which is created by our politicians.
sana yasin Sep 14, 2011 01:24pm
hahahah agreed :)
shakeel ahmed Sep 22, 2011 11:56pm
my dear pakistani brothers n sisters...our indian bloggers r apriciating pakistani artists n its talent so y u people r comparing urself wid bollywood is a big platform n india is the largest film producing country n shahrukh is much more recognised face in world his movies orseas collection is much more dan india's collection...n 1 thing i wl mention here dat u people havn't seen indian movies of big directors they can b compard wid hollywood so start accepting the truths n appriciate sm1 when he is i respect pakistani singers.)