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Life Partner

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Hindi, Comedy, 2009, Color





Karan (Fardeen Khan) and Sanjana (Genelia D'Souza) are madly in love with each other. Marriage is the next step to cement their relationship. But is 'love marriage' the right way to be? For Bhavesh (Tusshar Kapoor), his life partner, Prachi (Prachi Desai) comes with the approval of his family. But is 'arranged marriage' the way forward? Is it right to prioritize family over marriage? Does Prachi have to prove herself as a worthy daughter-in-law to qualify as an ideal wife? Jeet (Govinda) is an accomplished divorce lawyer who does not believe in the institution of marriage. He can't be monogamous and is often responsible for his getting his clients divorced. But is 'no marriage' the right policy? Will Jeet ever find a partner and accept matrimony? Life Partner is about three protagonists struggling on the marital marathon but on different tracks - three good friends with three different approaches to life.



Yet another so-called comedy, Life Partner fails to come to life and has little to recommend it. The film is flat, largely unfunny and yes, uninspired.

Unlike Kaminey, Life Partner had the advantage of arriving with zilch expectations. Anything that worked was bound to be a bonus. And to be honest, the basic premise did have promise as the film aims to follow three friends, one a believer in love marriage, the second who endorses an arranged marriage and the third who doesn’t believe in marriage at all. However, the film fails to have a sensible take on any of the three tracks, fails to develop them properly and ends all of them at the end in a typical clichéd manner with no insight whatsoever. The writing is weak, the direction inept, the lack of imagination in telling a film with cinematic flair being highly apparent. There might have been the odd comic moment but that’s about it.

Coming to the performances – Govinda screams throughout the film, Fardeen is flat, Tusshar lacks presence and his comic timing is way off here, Genelia is simply embarrassing and cannot do anything beyond smiling and acting irritatingly perky, Prachi is either smiling or simpering (and actually earnest!), Amrita Rao’s special appearance adds nothing to the film, Anupam Kher hammy, Vikram Gokhale slurry and Darashan Jariwala way OTT. Phew!

Technically too, nothing to write home. Barring the silly and supposedly funny Kooke Kooke, none of Pritam’s other songs register.

All in all, yet another addition to the long, long list of mediocrity in Hindi cinema in 2009.


Upperstall review by: Karan Bali aka TheThirdMan





 

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