Cast: Salman Khan, Govinda, Lara Dutta, Katrina Kaif, Rajpal Yadav, Aarti Chabria, Deepshikha, Rajat Bedi, Suresh Mennon
Banner: K Sera Sera Productions / Sohail Khan Productions
Director: David Dhawan
Music Director: Sajid-Wajid
Govinda is back and he is back with a bang! The Dhawan – Govinda partnership has worked magic yet again! While logic and reasoning have no place in this masala comedy, Partner sure will have the producers laughing all the way to the bank.
The animation sequence that opens the movie comes as a pleasant surprise. The kids are going to love this one! It capsules Prem's (Salman Khan) childhood in a colorful montage. Both Salman and Govinda deliver top class performances. Comedy is the name of the game.
Though inspired from the Hollywood Will Smith starrer Hitch, the movie manages to hold the attention of the viewer and entertain aplenty. But that said, it is also easy to ignore the fact that the movie's storyline isn't original because of the fact that Partner makes one continuously laugh and doesn't even allow time to contemplate about the underlying plot.
Two words to describe the movie – 'Humor Camouflage'. The film is extremely comical. Sanjay Chhel's dialogues and the slapstick style of acting employed by both Salman and Govinda do justice aplenty to this. 'Camouflage' because, the film's rather weak screenplay is super-effectively cloaked under this comedy mask making it almost imperceptible. No one is complaining of course! Partner is simply miles of smiles.
Bhaskar (Govinda) is the complete Mr. Wrong striving to win the love and attention of his multi millionaire boss Priya (Katrina Kaif). Though a gem of a person, he is often let down by his unsophisticated approach. Naive at heart, Bhaskar struggles to play the rules of love right. Salman Khan is a complete casanova who can read women like an open book. His profession – The Love Guru! He helps all kinds of men win their lady love and live happily ever after.
But when Bhaskar approaches Prem asking him for a plan to win Priya, he is baffled to see the absolute mismatch between the two. He shuns the task as next to impossible, refuses blankly and tells him off. But Bhaskar who is head over heels in love with Priya pursues him incessantly and after a windingly funny twist of events ends up convincing Prem to help him in his pursuit of love. In the meantime, Prem falls in love with Naina (Lara Dutta) a photojournalist who always seems to be on the run saving herself from a particular 'Chota Don' (Rajpal Yadav). The sequences with the Chota Don are inconsequential to the film. By the end of the film, one is left wondering what the necessity of having the Chota Don and associated characters in the film really was! But its fun none the less – again, ignorable.
While Prem is a master at winning women over, he struggles hard to make single mom Naina say the magical words to him. He takes to the task of befriending her 8 year old son Rohan to win her over. Rohan and Prem make an adorable pair. The movie sees a small twist in plot when Naina finds out about Prem's activities as 'Love Guru'. Priya in the meantime is whisked off to Rajasthan to be married off to a firang. What follows is a side splitting series events that eventually leads to the fairy-tale happily-ever-after. All's well that ends well, of course!
Govinda is absolutely is fantabulous. He could definitely do with a bit of dieting though! Salman loses no chances to take his shirt off. His six packs are definitely drool-worthy. Katrina Kaif's language is improving - hats off to the effort. While Partner doesn't give her much scope for performance, she could still polish her acting skills. Lara Dutta is great. But hey, what was with her clothes? Looks like the designers dug into an old woman's wardrobe to clothe her in extremely ill fitting off shoulders!
Costumes are 'Jatang'! It is passable since it gels with the mood of the movie. Salman Khan in a bright yellow Tweety t shirt - Hello - is someone even listening!?!
Screenplay can be compared to a cocktail. Everything happens all of a sudden without any warning or establishments. The story swings between Mumbai – Phuket – Dubai – Rajasthan. When exactly you might be transported to the next location, no one exactly knows! It drags pointlessly at times meandering through the maze of the ineffectual plot. There are points when the editing hurts the eye. Disappointing.
David Dhawan has mastered the art of making comedy movies. His direction spells finesse. Cinematography (Johny Lal) is colorful and convincing. No flaws there. Sajid – Wajid's music is foot tapping. Peppy numbers pepper the screen every time the audience starts feeling the drag. Remixed versions are already playing in nightclubs across Mumbai.
All in all, Partner is a complete family entertainer minus intimate scenes and smooches. Safe for kids, a great stress buster for adults and two and a half hours of complete fun and relaxation. Partner charms.
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