Another day, another hindi movie.
And this time I picked something a little more recent: Dulha Mil Gaya (2010).
A cute romantic comedy with Sushmita Sen (former Miss Universe), Shah Rukh Khan (King Khan as he is known in Bollywood), Fardeen Khan and Ishmita Sharma, both new actors for me.
I don’t have a base on which I pick my Bollywood movies, except Debu’s recommendations, but this one just happened to be on the first page of my random notebook (used for movies and books I wish to see/read).
I know Sushmita Sen from the year she won Miss Universe along with Aishwarya Rai who won Miss World. This was way back in 1994. It was the only year I actually watched the Miss World pageant. It was a really good year for India in the beauty department. In fact I don’t think any other country managed to win both top spots at the Miss World pageant ever.
Unlike Aishwarya Rai who shoot to fame instantly, Sushmita Sen career as an actress took a more slower pace. How do I know this, well I remember that the first movie shown on TVR1 that sparked the Bollywood trend on Romanian television was Devdas (with Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai) and they followed with Main Hoon Na (with Shah Rukh Khan and Sushmita Sen).
From those two movies I loved Main Hoon Na more, because it was funny, and I involuntarily became an instant fan of Shah Rukh Khan.
Now, back to “Dulha Mil Gaya“.
The film revolves around Shimmer (Sushmita Sen) an international super model who likes to hang around Tej “Donsai” Dhanraj (Fardeen Khan), a heart breaker. Donsai is known for his reluctance to marry and the fact that he can be an idiot, much to Shimmer liking.
Donsai is given a big blow when he learns that the only way to inherit his father empire company is by marrying a Punjab girl, named Samarpreet (Ishita Sharma). Donsai is saved by his lawyer that tells him he can marry her, leave her in India, and just continue with his playboy lifestyle like nothing ever happened.
Samarpreet doesn’t like the fact that her husband left her behind and decides to follow him so they can sort out things. After three months, Samarpreet comes to Donsai’s home to look for him, where she finds him with another woman. She has a nervous breakdown, gets hit by a car and as “fate” dictates she ends up with Shimmer.
When Shimmer learns about the entire thing she decides to give Samarpreet a makeover in order to make Donsai fall in love with her.
The rest of the movie you’ll find out by watching it or reading about it on Wikipedia. Here’s the official trailer of the movie, if anyone is interested in it:
I wasn’t expecting the main story to focus on Samarpreet and Donsai. I mean, you got SRK and Sushmita Sen playing in it, but they take a step back when Ishita Sharma and Fardeen Khan come on screen.
That’s something new, especially in Bollywood when big actors are known for being drama queens on the set of movies. That doesn’t mean that SRK character isn’t portrayed as a hero or that Sushmita Sen character is second in beauty to anyone in the movie.
It’s more like they are the caretakers of everything and everyone. It’s a good movie to watch if you have a few hours to spend on the couch in your own living room. I would rate it 6, maybe a 7 out of 10.