Partner (2007 film)

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Partner
Partner-01.jpg
Poster for Partner
Directed byDavid Dhawan
Written byScreenplay:
David Dhawan
Yunus Sajawal
Sanjay Chhel
Dialogues:
Sanjay Chhel
Based onHitch
by Andy Tennant
Produced bySohail Khan
Parag Sanghvi
StarringGovinda
Salman Khan
Lara Dutta
Katrina Kaif
Narrated bySalman Khan
CinematographyJohny Lal
Edited byNitin Rokade
Music bySajid–Wajid
Production
companies
K Sera Sera Private Limited
Sohail Khan Productions
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 20 July 2007 (2007-07-20)
Running time
143 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget28 crore[1]
Box office100.91 crore[1]

Partner is a 2007 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy film directed by David Dhawan and produced by Sohail Khan. The film stars Govinda, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Lara Dutta.

The story of Partner was inspired by the 2005 American film Hitch.[2] The film revolves around a love guru, who gives wooing advice and ideas to his client for the latter's ladylove, and also himself falls in love with a widowed mother. Partner was released in worldwide cinemas on 20 July 2007. It received a highly positive response, with particular praise for its comedy scenes and Govinda's performance. A critical and commercial blockbuster, Partner collected 103 crore (US$13 million) worldwide and was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2007.

Dhawan has expressed interest in creating a sequel to the film, but as of 2022 no script had been finalized and news outlets have reported that the film has been shelved entirely.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

Prem is a Love Guru who solves the love issues of his clients. He meets Bhaskar Diwakar Chaudhary who comes to Prem for help in his love life. Bhaskar loves his boss, Priya Jaisingh, but is unable to express his love to her as she is the daughter of a wealthy businessman, Raj Jaisingh. Prem initially refuses to help Bhaskar and goes to Phuket, Thailand. Bhaskar follows him there and convinces him to help.

After returning from Thailand, Prem meets Naina, a photojournalist who was running from some gangsters led by Chhota Don, who mimics Shahrukh Khan in Don. Prem saves her and falls in love with her. Meanwhile, he starts teaching Bhaskar how to impress Priya. But Bhaskar uses his own simplicity and nonsense acts to impress Priya, who finally falls in love with Bhaskar but does not disclose it to him. Meanwhile, Prem learns that Naina has a son named Rohan from her previous marriage, and to impress Naina, he takes care of him.

Bhaskar reveals to Prem that Priya will marry someone according to Raj's will. They both come to Priya's wedding ceremony with Rohan, but find Naina there and Rohan convinces her to marry Prem while Raj is convinced by Bhaskar. Priya now prepares to marry Bhaskar.

Meanwhile, a spoilt brat named Neil Bakshi comes to Prem for help and he asks Prem to convince a girl to have a one-night stand. Prem gets angry with Neil and tells him that he does not help people with such bad intentions. Neil somehow manages to get his one-night stand and then ditches her, telling her the love guru gave him the advice to do so. Unfortunately, the girl turns out to be Naina's friend Nikki. Naina then sets out to expose Love Guru and finds out that it is Prem. Naina hates Prem for what she thought he did to her friend and publishes a front-page article claiming that Prem can set anyone up with the girl they want using the Priya-Bhaskar relationship as an example. Bhaskar is fired from his job as a result.

Prem thinks that Bhaskar may kill himself without Priya and goes to her to tell her what really happened. Priya realizes that all the things she liked about Bhaskar are what Prem wanted Bhaskar to hide from her and Priya is ready to take Bhaskar back. Prem makes up with Naina by making her hear the truth about him not helping Neil, and they get back together. On both couples' honeymoon night, Bhaskar again asks Prem for help but this time they both get mingled with their respective wives.

Cast[edit]

  • Govinda as Bhaskar Diwakar Chaudhary, a nerdy man who has a crush on his boss Priya Jaisingh
  • Salman Khan as Prem Kulkarni a.k.a. Love Guru, a love master who advises those needing help to start a relationship
  • Lara Dutta as Naina Sahani, a photo journalist who Prem falls in love with
  • Katrina Kaif as Priya R. Jaisingh, Bhaskar’s boss and love interest
  • Tiku Talsania as Naina's boss
  • Ali Haji as Rohan Sahani, Naina's son from her previous marriage
  • Dalip Tahil as Raj Jaisingh, a wealthy businessman who is also Priya's father and also approves of Bhaskar's relationship with her
  • Aarti Chabria as Nikki, Naina's colleague
  • Rajat Bedi as Neil Bakshi, a spoiled brat who tries to get Prem to help him set up a one-night-stand with Nikki but is rejected by him
  • Suresh Menon as Kiran
  • Deepshikha Nagpal as Pramita "Pammi" Kulkarni, Prem's sister
  • Ali Asgar as Naina's colleague
  • Atul Parchure
  • Vindu Dara Singh as Chadha
  • Razak Khan as John Uncle
  • Puneet Issar as Rana
  • Shashi Kiran as a Newspaper Stall Owner
  • Dheirya Sorecha as Pammi's son
  • Sohail Khan as Salim Khan (Pammi’s husband)
  • Jason Shah as Priya's fiancé
  • Rajpal Yadav as Chhota Don

Soundtrack[edit]

Partner
Soundtrack album by
Released2007
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelT-Series
ProducerSajid–Wajid
Sajid–Wajid chronology
Jaane Hoga Kya
(2006)
Partner
(2007)
Kismat Konnection
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Planet Bollywood[5]
Bollywood Hungama[6]

The music was composed by Sajid–Wajid. The soundtrack entered the top five on 23 July 2007.[7] According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 18,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's third highest-selling.[8]

Track list[edit]

# Song Singer(s) Picturised on Length
1 "Do You Wanna Partner" Udit Narayan, Shaan, Wajid, Suzanne D'Mello, Clinton Cerejo Salman Khan & Govinda 04:30
2 "You’re My Love" Shaan, Shweta Pandit, Suzanne D'Mello, Earl D’Souza, Aastha Gill Govinda, Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan & Lara Dutta 04:35
3 "Dupatta Tera Nau Rang Da" Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Kunal Ganjawala, Suzanne D'Mello Govinda, Katrina Kaif, Lara Dutta & Salman Khan 05:00
4 "Soni De Nakhre" Labh Janjua, Sneha Pant, Wajid Govinda, Katrina Kaif & Salman Khan 04:17
5 "Maria Maria" Wajid, Sonu Nigam, Shakib, Sunidhi Chauhan, Naresh Iyer Salman Khan & Lara Dutta 04:36
6 "You’re My Love" (Remix) Shaan, Shweta Pandit, Suzanne D'Mello, Earl D’Souza, Aastha Gill Excluded in film 04:27
7 "Do You Wanna Partner" (Remix) Udit Narayan, Shaan, Wajid, Suzanne D'Mello, Clinton Cerejo Excluded in film 03:58

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Box Office India declared the film a "Blockbuster" and was the second biggest domestic opener at that time. It grossed Rs. 1.03 billion in India[9] and $4.19 million overseas.[10]

Review - Rajeev Masand

Accolades[edit]

2008 Zee Cine Awards

9th IIFA Awards

Legal issues[edit]

Copyright Infringement Lawsuit[edit]

Sony Pictures, owners of the film Hitch, contemplated a $30-million suit against both the Indian producers for copyright infringements.[11] It would have been the second time after Begunah an international film company took legal action against an Indian entertainment company for plagiarism. Partner was eventually released, with Sony acquiring the world exclusive satellite broadcasting rights.[12] The film had a television premiere on Sony Max in late October 2007.

A decade later April 2018, Partner was acquired by Zee Entertainment Enterprises as part of its programming and branding overhaul.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Partner – Movie". Box Office India.
  2. ^ "'Partner' inspired from 'Hitch'". 8 July 2007. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Script not ready, but Partner 2 is still alive!". Hindustan Times. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Salman Khan, Govinda's 'Partner 2' shelved". Bollywood Life. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Partner Music Review". Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Partner Music Review". Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Partner enters Top 5". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007.
  8. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 24 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Box Office 2007". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  10. ^ Top Lifetime Grossers OVERSEAS (US $) Archived 22 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Box Office India. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Partner may face $30 mn Hitch". The Times of India. 8 August 2007.
  12. ^ "Who Will Bell the Copycat". Forbes. 22 July 2009.

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