Set primarily in Goa, two men (Khan and Kumar) try to win a woman's (Chopra) heart. Wanting to re-invent himself, Dhawan decided to make a film which would deviate from his signature "mass-market" comedies in look and feel, approaching it as a romantic comedy. The screenplay was written by Dhawan's longtime collaborator Anees Bazmee and Rumi Jaffery.
Although the film is set in Goa, it was not shot there. Instead principal photography was done on two detailed sets created by Sharmishta Roy in Film City and Mauritius. Additionally, several scenes and songs were filmed on-location in Mauritius. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi was released on 30 July 2004 to positive reviews, receiving praise for its direction, performances, music, cinematography, art direction, costumes and styling. With a box-office gross of ₹565 million, the film was a major commercial success, becoming the third-highest-grossing Indian film of the year.
Sameer (Salman Khan) is ill-tempered, with anger-management issues since his parents died during his childhood. When he beats up a group of goons who tried to assault his girlfriend Roma (Amrita Arora), she breaks up with him because of his temper. According to his horoscope, Sameer is unlucky in love. To escape further similar issues, he becomes a lifeguard in Goa.
On the train Sameer meets Suraj Prakash (Satish Shah), who makes him think that he is a thief by asking him where he keeps important things (like money) in his luggage. Sameer stays awake all night to avoid being robbed, while Suraj sleeps after conning Sameer into guarding his luggage. Suraj admits this to Sameer the next morning at the station. Sameer learns that Suraj is a security guard at his resort, and puts him on night guard duty for three months. This puts a crimp in Suraj's marriage and, although he apologises, Sameer is adamant.
Sameer meets Rani (Priyanka Chopra), an up-and-coming fashion designer, and falls in love with her. After a rough start with her father Jugraj Singh (Amrish Puri), a former colonel, Rani and Sameer become friends. Sameer's bad luck comes into play; he disagrees with Singh, and Rani becomes angry with him when she overhears him saying bad things about her to Pandit Raj Purohit Jyotshi (Rajpal Yadav).
Trouble arrives in the form of Sunny (Akshay Kumar), who shares a room with Sameer. He meets Rani, falls in love with her and decides to capitalise on Sameer's mistakes. This causes friction between the roommates. Sameer gives Rani money she needs for a fashion competition, calling himself her "well-wisher". Rani wins the competition, and wants to thank her "well-wisher" in person. Sameer (who gave Rani the money for his grandmother's eye surgery and his sister's wedding) goes to meet her but Sunny gets there first, claims to be the well-wisher and takes her away. Sameer follows on his motorcycle, and injures Singh later. Sunny, who takes credit for a painting of Rani by Sameer, kidnaps her dog Tommy and frames Sameer. Sameer buys an identical dog, and tells Singh that he has found Tommy. He is unmasked when the dog bites Singh and runs away.
Although Sameer is angry, he reconciles with Rani with the help of a magician at a New Year's Eve party. Sunny places a bar dancer in Sameer's room one morning; Rani, who went there to invite him for breakfast, sees the dancer there and assumes that they had had sex.
Sameer makes another attempt to apologise. When he goes to Rani's house, he is surprised to see Suraj; Suraj is Rani's uncle, who now knows that he loves her. Sameer apologises, and takes Suraj off night duty. His partially-blind grandmother mistakes Rani's mother for Rani and tries to persuade her to marry Sameer. Rani's mother tells her daughter to carefully consider whom she loves more: Sameer or Sunny.
Sameer decides to leave Goa, and Sunny taunts him that he got close to Rani through Sameer's mistakes. Sameer says that he has had enough dreaming, and wishes Sunny happiness. Sunny taunts Sameer again, and Sameer loses his temper. He chases Sunny through the crowd at a cricket stadium where India and Pakistan are playing a friendly match. Sameer breaks through security, takes the microphone from guest of honour Kapil Dev and apologises to Rani and her parents. He asks her to marry him in front of the crowd, and Rani runs onto the field and embraces him, thus reuniting with him.
Sunny reveals that he is Arun, Sameer's childhood friend who came to Goa to cure Sameer's anger-management issues. He went to visit Sameer after returning from America after 19 years and met Sameer's grandmother, who told him about Sameer's heartbreak and departure for Goa. Arun decided to help Sameer by posing as his enemy, telling Rani and her parents earlier. Sameer is reunited with Arun, who conducts his and Rani's wedding.Salman Khan as Sameer Malhotra
Akshay Kumar as Sunny (Arun Khanna)
Priyanka Chopra as Rani Singh
Amrish Puri as Colonel Jugraj Singh
Kader Khan as Mr. Duggal
Satish Shah as Suraj Prakash
Rajpal Yadav as Raj Purohit Jyotshi and Paul (Dual role)
Amrita Arora as Roma
Vindu Dara Singh as a gang member
Supriya Karnik as Rama Jugraj Singh, the colonel's wife and Rani's mother
Shashikala as Grandma Malhotra
Upasana Singh as Mrs. Suraj Prakash
Parth Dave as young Sameer
Shefali Zariwala as Bijili
Sajid Khan as himself
Kurush Deboo as a dog-seller
Rajesh Vivek as Chutki Baba
Cricketers made cameo appearances as themselves:Irfan Pathan
Navjot Singh Sidhu
Known primarily for mass-market comedies, David Dhawan wanted to make Mujhse Shaadi Karogi a romantic comedy. Asked about re-inventing himself with the film, he replied: "I have changed with the times. One has to [change]. My trademark style remains unchanged in its basics. Why should I change when my style has kept me going for so many years? I will never change that." Dhawan wanted the make the film different from his earlier releases in look and feel. Anees Bazmee, who collaborated on several films with the director, returned to write its screenplay.
In a Times of India interview, Priyanka Chopra said that she had signed for Dhawan's comedy film co-starring Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar; it was the second collaboration between Kumar and Chopra, after the successful Andaaz (2003). Chopra said that her decision was based on "the hilarious script" and Sajid Nadiadwala's reputation as a producer. She described Rani, an aspiring fashion designer, as "very innocent and gullible" and a "girl next door": "Rani gets stuck between two boys. She likes both of them and she doesn't know what to do." In an interview with Rediff.com, Kumar described his character as someone who creates many problems in Sameer's life and compared their dynamics to Tom and Jerry: "I harass him all the time."
Principal photography began in September 2003 on a set in Film City, Mumbai. Art director Sharmishta Roy created a detailed set of Goa; according to Hindustan Times, "The set had become the talk of the industry for its fine detailing." Roy built another large set in Mauritius, where the outdoor scenes, the songs and several other scenes were filmed on a month-long schedule beginning on 9 January 2004. Three hundred people made up the unit for the Mauritius schedule.
An action scene was filmed with a motion-control camera, a first in Indian cinema. Although the producers wanted to keep the film's climax (featuring several cricketers from the Indian team and filmed at a Bangalore stadium in June 2004) a secret, it was revealed in the media. Filming wrapped in July 2004.
The soundtrack album contains eight songs, seven original songs and one remix. Six songs were composed by Sajid-Wajid and the seventh by Anu Malik. Lyrics for five songs were written by Jalees Sherwani, with one song each by Sameer and Arun Bhairav. The vocals were performed by Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh and Shabab Sabri. With a background score composed by Salim-Sulaiman, the album was released on 4 June 2004.
It was generally well-received by music critics, who praised the album's lyrics and vocals. Planet Bollywood rated the soundtrack seven out of ten, calling it a "good album". Bollywood Hungama praised its songs and musical score, highlighting "Rab Kare", "Jeene Ke Hain Chaar Din", "Laal Dupatta" and the title song.
The music topped charts on a number of platforms in India. The soundtrack was one of the best-selling Bollywood soundtracks of the year, with 2 million units sold according to Box Office India.
Entrances of several theaters in India and abroad were decorated as marriage mandaps (halls) for the film. Sajid Nadiadwala said, "You have to make the entire process of movie-going exciting. Since the title itself talks of marriage, making the entrance of theatres resemble mandaps was the best possible way to attract cinegoers."
The producers sponsored several contests as part of Mujhse Shaadi Karogi's marketing campaign, with prizes including a foreign honeymoon trip and wedding clothing by Biba and Neeta Lulla. They released a 64-page, palm-sized book with information about the characters' love triangle, tips about how to woo a woman and pictures of the three main characters. The film was released on 30 July 2004. Zee TV brought its UK distribution rights, the first film distributed by the channel.
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi opened well throughout India, despite poor weather, and did very good business in its theatrical run. The film also opened well in the overseas market, ranking eighth at the UK box office over its first weekend. After a good first week it prevailed over its second weekend, earning ₹35.4 million from 32 screens in the United Kingdom and ₹32.9 million from 48 screens in the United States. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi was a major commercial success, earning ₹565 million at the box office and thus becoming the third-highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year.
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi was released on DVD on 27 September 2004 in all regions on a single NTSC-format disc. Distributed by T-Series, the DVD included deleted scenes, extra songs, a theatrical trailer and TV advertisements. The film's Video CD was released at the same time. A Blu-ray disc was released on 10 July 2010.
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi was well-received by critics, who praised the film's direction, cinematography, choreography, costumes, styling and performances. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it four stars out of five, calling it a "mass entertainer" and an apt example of escapist cinema which "transports you to a world of make-believe". Adarsh praised the chemistry between Khan, Kumar and Chopra and wrote, "Stylishly shot at some panoramic locales of Mauritius, with no double entendres, the film proves yet again that only David can pull off such stories without the cinegoer feeling cheated by an obscure plot."
Subhash K. Jha gave Mujhse Shaadi Karogi a positive review for Indo-Asian News Service, calling the film Dhawan's smartest comedy to date: "This is one laughathon you can enjoy with your family without squirming in your seats." Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com also praised the film: "It's a screwball comedy with gorgeous visuals, crisp editing, and fine performances. David Dhawan gets it right." A review in The Hindu called it "pure entertainment" and praised the clean humour and Kumar's performance writing that "Salman Khan shows more brawn than histrionics, while Akshay Kumar displays a real flair for comedy. Some of his expressions are delightfully wicked and effortless."
For India Today, Anupama Chopra found the film "partly fun but mostly exhausting": Mujhse Shaadi Karogi is pure dazzle. There are clothes of all designs imaginable - from gorgeous embroidered and sequinned Indian outfits to sleek and hip western attire. There are locations of breathtaking beauty from aquamarine seas to quaint churches." Planet Bollywood gave 7.5 out of 10, calling it a "pure entertainment that is high on production value" and a "good escapist cinema" for both masses and classes, writing that "The unexpected and unique climax follows and the audience is pleasantly surprised at the turn of events and revelations with a fitting finale is another version of the title song that brings the house down."