Life Partner Reviews
Karan (Fardeen Khan) plays the lover boy whose love marriage turns him into a house-man of sorts, Bhavesh (Tusshar Kapoor) plays the orthodox Gujju who will abide by the archaic customs established by his conventional father (Darshan Jariwala) while Jeet (Govinda) plays a relentless divorce lawyer to whom marriage is the biggest mistake that one can make. In a turn of events, Karan marries his spoilt rich girlfriend, whose father?s negligence in training her led to her disastrous experiments in the household. Bhavesh goes to Gujarat to find a suitable bride but ends up marrying his father?s childhood friend?s daughter Prachi and Jeet disappears from the screen momentarily.
Genelia?s disasters at home and excessive indulgence with inactivity frustrate Karan who is working hard to maintain their lifestyle. Prachi?s father (Vijay Gokhale) is an open-minded rich Gujarati businessman who is deeply rooted to the culture but respects the independence and choices of his daughter. His principles are in direct conflict with those of Bhavesh?s father and it leads to some realistic and likeable scenes. While the film doesn?t clearly take sides for or against marriage per se, it is Govinda?s witty dialogue that makes you want to do so.
The film is well written by Rumi Jaffrey and he successfully breaks away from the stereotypes of inane slapstick comedies to give us something more to reflect upon. The screenplay and editing truly hammer the film but the appropriate usage of witty dialogues draw correct emphasis on situations rather than those double meaning retarded jokes we have been subjected to.
Pritam?s musical score consists of a garba melody, Aage Aage that reminds us of some hit folk song and Kouke koyaliya which has been rendered in such a horrifying manner by Shreya Ghoshal that it bec0mes enjoyable for a while?. Only for a while.
Govinda has not had been able to replicate Partner?s success over the past couple of years but when it comes to a comic interpretation of society?s stresses, there is hardly a better actor for Jeet?s role. His performance comes with his trademark style of hilarious expressions, distinct dialogue delivery, one-of-a-kind dancing and exemplary comic timing that elevates a funny dialogue to a higher level. Fardeen Khan gives one of his best performances in the type of role that he is becoming increasingly comfortable with. Tusshar does not give one much to write about but he does justice to his character and he takes the joke on his sister and father in good humor! Anupam Kher and Vijay Gokhale are maestros in their business and therefore, as reliable as always. Among the ladies, Prachi Desai stands out with her convincing performance as a modern housewife yearning to break apart from the strange traditions that threaten to destroy her married life.
While Life Partner may not be the best comedy of all time but surely, it is, of recent times. Worth a watch to rid the mind of all the hyped concoctions of the so called ?new cinema? and totally unlike many ?leave the brains at home? type Govinda movies that we have seen before.
- 6.52 on a scale of 1-10.
Date: 27 Sep 2009
Time: 10.30 pm
On : PC
Govinda is just too good.
Have to say that if I was a bloke and married to Sanjana I would want 2 jump off a cliff...what a psycho!!
I do love Anupam Kher...the Dad of all Dads!!