Dulha Mil Gaya
Directed by: Mudassar Aziz
Producer by: Viveck Vaswani
Starring: Fardeen Khan, Sushmita Sen, Shahrukh Khan, Mohir Chadda, Ishita Sharma, Johny Lever, Bina Kak, Suchitra Pillai, Viveck Vaswani, Howard Rosemeyer, Parikshat Sahni, Anushka Manchanda
Music Dir: Lalit Pandit, Pritam Chakraborty.
Dulha Mil Gaya is the most suitable movie for Bollywood's former Miss Universe-turned-film star Sushmita Sen who still stays unmarried though several of her colleagues, especially her contemporary Miss World Aishwarya Rai, have already been married and settled in life.
This is another matter that the pretty Sush is already mothering two daughters whom she has not only adopted but also loves them most. Besides, Sush looks gorgeous, and shoulders the movie in spite of King Khan Shah Rukh's appearance.
However, the movie's script dates back to the eighties when a movie like 'Ponga Pandit' worked. This movie's USP is that this time Bollywood has reached West Indies - Trinidad and Tobago, unlike in the past. Let's now critically analyze its other departments.
First, we shall look at its story. Tej Dhanraj aka Donsai played by Fardeen Khan is a bachelor playboy who is settled in Trinidad and Tobago. He loves partying with the most attractive girls but without any commitment!
His only good female friend is the hotshot super model Shimmer played by Sushmita Sen. Tej enjoys life but his hopes crash when his lawyer Mr. Vakil played by Vivek Vaswani tells him that Randhir Kapoor playing his father had left a will that binds him to marry to his friendís daughter living in a Punjab village to inherit his huge riches running into billion dollars.
Though initially reluctant, Tej finally marries the simple village girl Ishita Sharma (playing Samarpreet Singh) in the court, and leaves for Trinidad but without her. Not only that he doesn't even communicate with her though regularly sends her good money every month.
While Tej is busy with his girlfriend, his wife Samara leaves her village and arrives at his doorstep in Trinidad. She gets completely upset to find her husband having a nice time with a lot of girls. Not only Tej doesn't meet her wife Samara, but also lets his bodyguards insult and throw her out of the house away. As the luck has it, she meets with an accident and lands up in Sush' house!
After an initial reluctance but after hearing Samara's pitiable condition, Sush helps Samara to turn a hottie to win back her husband. She has a complete makeover and Tej fails to identify her. Just by taking off her glasses and appearing a bit mod, Samara dupes Tej into believing she is someone else!
Besides, Samara also learns about true love of her long time lover Shah Rukh Khan playing PRG. Incidentally, Shah Rukh makes a proper entry in a special appearance just post interval and that too towards the end of a song! Still, SRK puts in his all.
Acting-wise, the movie stands good chances, as Sushmita Sen looks terrifically hot, and performs very well.Ishita Sharma as Samara who debuted via a cameo in 'Dil'is good and impressive though not fully utilized. Shah Rukh Khan is not in his usual charm; he appears too late and stays too short, mostly in the second half. It's a pity though.
Protagonist Fardeen Khan hasn't come up to expectation. Tara Sharma is good but her dialogue delivery is no good. Her DJ boyfriend Mohit Chaddha is just a waste . Johnny Lever as a butler to Fardeen has nothing to much to do, and is therefore wasted.
Technically, the set fails as a cruise liner. Lalit Pandit's music is average. Though new in direction, Mudassar Aziz follows the traditional filmmaking style. Even his cupid scenes are shot in the lavatory. So are his characterizations. Howard Rosemeyer has a tough time as a choreographer but does a good job as an actor.
While others can give it a miss, the fans of Sushmita Sen and Shah Rukh's cannot afford to do so.