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Masand's movie review: Watch Dulha Mil Gaya for Sush

Jan 08, 2010 10:29 PM IST India India

Cast: Fardeen Khan, Sushmita Sen Direction: Mudassar Aziz Dulha Mil Gaya starring Fardeen Khan and Sushmita Sen, has been four years in the making, but has arrived almost fifteen years too late. A predictable old-fashioned entertainer that's a throwback to those homogenous family films of the mid-90s, Dulha Mil Gaya borrows so much from the Yash Chopra/Karan Johar school of synthetic filmmaking that it's hard to tell if there's anything original to this story at all. Fardeen Khan stars as NRI playboy Donzai, who must marry the village bumpkin his dead father has chosen for him if he wants access to his $5-billion inheritance. He arrives in Punjab and weds simple desi girl Samarpreet (played by newcomer Ishita Sharma), who is way too conservative and unpolished for his tastes. Marriage solemnised, Donzai leaves his new wife back in the village and returns alone to Trinidad where he continues with his wild, partying ways. Samarpreet, not one to give up easily, lands up in Trinidad a few months later, and discovers the cad has forgotten her. Fortunately she bumps into supermodel Shimmer (played by Sushmita Sen) who gives her a complete make-over, down to a wardrobe of cleavage-baring dresses and table manners to boot. Expectedly, Donzai falls for her in this new avatar, and the couple is happily reunited. In the end, Samarpreet returns the favour to Shimmer by enlightening her that nothing is more important than love, and by convincing her to not let go of her doting boyfriend (played by Shah Rukh Khan). Co-written by debutant director Mudassar Aziz, the screenplay of Dulha Mil Gaya skittles from cliché to cliché, packing in every stereotype you can think of - from a gay butler named Lotus, to a karva chauth ceremony that ends with Shah Rukh making an entry accompanied by swelling background score. What saves this film from complete disappointment is Sushmita Sen, who in a stroke of casting genius, plays an exaggerated version of herself, delivering an inspired performance as the snootiest, ditziest diva with the funniest lines you can think of. On entering the first-class cabin of an airline and spotting a small-town simpleton in her neighboring seat, Shimmer knowingly declares, "Aah, upgraded passenger!" Dulha Mil Gaya is well-worn, formulaic fare that might appeal to viewers who find comfort in the familiar, and who are still excited by those hackneyed stories about righteous Indian girls who show materialistic NRI boys the error of their ways. I'm going with two out of five for director Mudassar Aziz's Dulha Mil Gaya; if it's not entirely unwatchable, you have Sushmita Sen to thank! Rating: 2 / 5

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