Director David Dhawan known for his laughton?s is back after a hiatus of 2 years with Partner starring Govinda, Salman Khan, Lara Dutta and Katrina Kaif. But is his new outing as rip-roaringly funny as his previous works?
Prem (Salman Khan) is a dating consultant who calls himself the “Love guru”. One day he happens to meet Bhaskar (Govinda) who works as a financial advisor for Raichand industries and is in love with his boss and heiress Priya (Katrina Kaif). After a lot of persuasion, Prem agrees to help Bhaskar in getting his true love and in the process ends up falling in love with Naina (Lara Dutta), a gossip journalist.
The story is inspired by the 2005 movie Hitch (Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James) and is a laugh riot from beginning to end. The dialogues in the movie are simply sidesplitting and will have you rolling in your seats. The movie’s been shot in Mumbai and Phuket and has been captured pretty well on screen. The music by Sajid Wajid is pretty catchy especially the title song. The songs too have been picturised well.
Govinda completely steals the show in this movie. After playing second fiddle in Bhagam Bhag and Salaam-e-Ishq, he makes a great comeback in style. Salman Khan is as stylish as ever, but hams in a few scenes. The leading ladies Lara and Katrina Kaif complement them beautifully. Rajpal Yadav is funny in his take-off on Don. Suresh Menon is equally funny and gathers a few laughs. Child artiste Ali Haji acts well and looks very cute. The supporting cast consisting of Tiku Talsania, Ali Asgar, Aarti Chabbria, Deepshikha, Rajat Bedi and Dalip Tahil do their jobs well.
However the movie has its shares of flaws. The editing is badly messed up and some of the side comedy tracks like the Chota Don track (Rajpal Yadav) keep popping up and disappearing abruptly. Also the misunderstanding in the pre-climax was not at all required and is simply dragged on without rhyme or reason.
However the movie is a complete entertainer and gives the audience its money’s worth. But do leave your brains outside the theatre as it is a David Dhawan movie and is totally devoid of logic.Rating: