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SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 8, 2009)
“All six actors — Irrfan Khan, Dia Mirza, Fardeen Khan, Aftab Shivdasani, Manoj Bajpayee, Dino Morea and Danny Denzongpa, have added a clear definition to their roles,” said Mumbai Mantra CEO Andrey Purushottam, adding, “Bollywood action has come of age and this film proves just that.”
The one person who had the time of his life working inside this “factory” was director Suparn Verma. “If the cast and crew, while shooting the scenes, thought that they could have probably died, then let me tell you… they could have! The scenes were dangerous,” said Suparn. There’s not a single place in Cape Town where they’ve not blown a car or had a helicopter chase. “By the time we had completed shooting, the place looked like a war zone,” laughed Suparn, giving all the credit to action director Tinu Verma.
Dia Mirza, who has surprised all with her daredevil acts, said, “I insisted on doing the stunts myself. I’ve proved that I can kick some butt too!” she said. Irrfan had other reasons for signing the film. He said, “I asked the director, ‘You think this will work, the critics will like the film?’ He said, ‘NO’. So I said, ‘Hell, man, let’s do it’.”
Fardeen is confident that the film will keep audiences at the edge of their seats. “The plot is such that you don’t know what the other person is going to do next,” said the actor.
A month and a half back, I had mentioned in my Kambakkht Ishq review as to how it’s disgusting to see so many shoddy entertainers being released this year. But then a week late came the entertaining Sankat City which brought a respite. And Life Partner, released a week back, also manages to entertain and bring a smile, thankfully. This sweet-n-simple film also teaches some lessons on love and marriage. More about it later!
The story of the movie: Karan (Fardeen Khan), Bhavesh (Tusshar Kapoor) and Jeet (Govinda) are three friends based in Cape Town. Karan works in bank and is in love with the ‘untalented’ Sanjana (Genelia D’Souza), a spoilt daughter of a rich man (Anupam Kher). Bhavesh, on the other hand, doesn’t feel the need to date and believes in arranged marriage. He is an obedient son of a disciplinarian (Darshan Jariwala) and has reserved all his romance for his wife. He finally meets the women of his dreams, Prachi (Prachi Desai), daughter of a multi-millionaire (Vikram Gokhale). And Jeet is a divorce lawyer who can convince anyone to get divorced within minutes! In short, he was world’s best divorce lawyer! He doesn’t believe in the institution of marriage at all. He feels that ‘divorce ki sabse badi wajah hai shaadi’! He persuades Karan and Bhavesh and advices them not to fall into the trap of marriage. But they don’t pay any heed and get married to their women. The later part of the film is all about the problems the newly-wedded couples have to face.
Life Partner is executed in a simple manner. The director doesn’t waste time at all in the beginning and comes right to the point. By exploring the lives of Karan and Bhavesh and their marriage, the director throws light on the plusses and minuses of both love marriage and arranged marriage. The film also gives a wonderful insight on the joint family system, headed and controlled by a patriarch. But the film doesn’t turn melodramatic or preachy at a single place. There are also lots of funny moments throughout the film, which help maintain the light mood of the film. Also, the humour content is not slapstick-it manages to raise quite a many laughs!
The first half is completely funny and has many hilarious sequences. The sequence where Tusshar with his family and Fardeen and Genelia visit Prachi’s palatial residence in India was excellent. The intermission point provides a shock! The second half is all about the problems the couples face. Although Fardeen-Genelia’s look a bit illogical, the scenes of Tusshar and Prachi seemed quite real. As for the climax, well, it was nonsensical but at the same time, it helped to give a film a justified finale. Most importantly, the viewer comes out of the theatre with a smile!
Every actor performs wonderfully. The best part is, Fardeen-Genelia and Tusshar-Prachi look excellent together and share a great chemistry. Fardeen Khan was terrific. He has already proved that he can carry off well in comic capers and his performance in Life Partner confirms it. He wasn’t seen in a single film last year. Before Life Partner this year, he starred in Jai Veeru which failed miserably. He still has three more releases this year-Acid Factory, Dulha Mil Gaya and All The Best and it seems Fardeen’s popularity will once again soar with Life Partner and the forthcoming films!
Genelia D’Souza rocks! Her role required her to be loud and she does it convincingly. She looks stunning throughout the film too, esp in the songs. Tusshar Kapoor got into the skin of the character and performed perfectly. Watch out his amazing expressions and acting in the scene where Prachi agrees to marry him! Prachi Desai, who impressed one and all in ‘Rock On!!’, does a fine job. She gets maximum scope in the 2nd half and does quite well in some of the important scenes.
Darshan Jariwala was excellent as the staunch patriarch. Same goes for Vikram Gokhale. Anupam Kher was okay. Jagdeep was hilarious, even though he was there for just a scene. Himani Shivpuri also provides laugh in just a single scene. Shoma Anand was a perfect mismatch for her role. The film also has Amrita Rao in a special appearance.
And finally, Govinda is the scene-stealer of the film, although his was a supporting role. The screen brightens as soon as he comes in! He looked cool, uttering his theory on marriage. A great job indeed!
Pritam’s music was good, but not as great as his accomplished works. Songs come at regular intervals but doesn’t hamper the pace of the film. ‘Koyal Kuke’, ‘Aage Aage’, ‘Teri Meri Yeh Zindagi’ and ‘Goonje Angna Mein’ are nicely composed numbers. The Amrita Rao track doesn’t quite work.
Niranjan Iyengar’s dialogues were perfect for such a film. The funny one-liners were too good. Yunus Sejawal’s screenplay was just perfect.
Finally, Rumy Jaffrey, the director and writer, manages to come up with a fine film. He doesn’t go overboard in a single scene and none of the sequences in the film (except the climax) looked nonsensical. However, it’s unfortunate to see such a nice film not getting enough audience. The film released simultaneously with Kaminey and got overshadowed by it. Coincidentally, Rumy Jaffrey’s debut film last year, God Tussi Great Ho, was also released in the Independence Day weekend. And it also got overshadowed and flopped as it was released with Bachna Ae Haseeno. Let’s hope Life Partner doesn’t fail commercially too.
Some of the best scenes of the film:
1. Karan racing with an aeroplane
2. The song ‘Koyal Kuke’, ‘Aage Aagee’, ‘Teri Meri Yeh’ and ‘Goonje Angna Mein’
3. Karan making fun of Sanjana behind her back
4. Bhavesh at Prachi’s residence in India
5. The intermission point
6. Bhavesh persuading Prachi to apologize to his father
7. The washing machine sequence
8. Bhavesh and Prachi’s honeymoon
9. Prachi’s father at Bhavesh’s house
On the whole, Life Partner is a sweet and simple film with lots of funny and lovely moments. It also gives some lessons on love and marriage without getting preachy. If you have already seen Kaminey or if you aren’t interested in it, then go and watch Life Partner. And go with your entire family!
My rating-*** ½
This review first appeared on MouthShut.com:
In all these decades in the industry, Sanjay Dutt has never done a hardcore political thriller. But now that he’s had a taste of netagiri, Dutt is ready for the challenge. This may just work wonders for Sanjay’s career.
Sanjay, who returned to Mumbai after two months of shooting in Cape Town, has set aside all his assignments to act in a new film that promises to revamp his political image.
The untitled thriller, set in real time, will have no songs and frills and only has three main characters who never come face to face.
The film which will be directed by the Hyderabad-based Mani Shankar (whose last espionage film Mukbiir was critically acclaimed) is about siphoning and laundering of trillions of dollars from India and being placed in unknown locations the world over.
Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan play two government agents from different walks of life who come together to raise Rs 32,000 crore in two hours.
The two-hour thriller will unfold in real time from 11 am to 1 pm.
Even more interestingly, Kangna Ranaut, who teams up with Dutt for the first time, never meets Dutt in the film.
The film, to be produced by Sohail Makhlai, brings back Mani Shankar to Mumbai to team up with Sanjay Dutt with whom he had last done the disastrous Rudra.
Mani, reluctant to reveal anything, says, “I’m under a confidentiality clause. But the film is partly based on what I saw and heard when I was on the staff in the Prime Minister’s office between 1994-1995. As part of his advisory team during my travels all over the world with the PM, I heard things that never left my mind. I knew some day I’d make a film about what I knew from the whispers in the corridors of power.”
The expose, when put on screen, promises to blow the lid off many international financial scandals where India has been involved.
Dutt, of course, is rejoicing. He gets to play a man who takes on the politicians from the inside.
Prachi Desai may be done with the K-serials, but the hangover of the good, coy bahu stays with her. In keeping with her shy, gharelu persona, Prachi was scandalised when asked to shoot a bathtub scene with Tusshar Kapoor for a song in Life Partner in Cape Town. To protect her modesty, she came up with creative suggestions like wearing a shawl (in the bathtub!) and shooting with the bathtub in the background, while she dances in front of it. This could start a whole new trend: fashionable wear for bathing beauties or inspirational uses for bathtubs as never thought of before.
The demure damsel simply put her foot down and refused to shoot unless she was allowed to wear a shawl. An outraged Prachi was cajoled by director Rumi Jaffrey and choreographer Bosco, but she remained defiant.
Rumi Jaffrey says, “We had put up a very exotic set in the open. She is on her honeymoon with Tusshar in that particular scene. So it was natural for me to show that the husband and the wife are enjoying themselves.”
Believers of the method acting school may be amused by the idea of a honeymooning couple shying away from an intimate scene. The drama continued on the sets as Prachi came up with bizarre suggestions. Rumi said, “Prachi said, ‘let’s shoot the song with the bathtub in the background, let’s dance in front of the bathtub.”
As for the shawl, Rumi explained, “We gave her a shawl when she was out of the tub. I don’t think she demanded a shawl for herself in the tub, maybe she mentioned it to Bosco. But yes, Prachi Desai was uncomfortable shooting the song, but eventually we managed to shoot it with her in a slightly different version from what we had planned.”
Bet he’s breathing a sigh of relief.
AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; July 30, 2009)
A quiet and sombre Sanjay Dutt brought in his 50th birthday yesterday at Cape Town in South Africa with wife Maanyata and fellow actors on the sets of Anees Bazmee’s film No Problem. Missing was the family — daughter Trishala and sisters Priya and Namrata, and close friend and Samajwadi Party boss Amar Singh, who is recuperating in Singapore from a kidney transplant. But Suniel Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Anil Kapoor and Paresh Rawal made up for it with a surprise party. Inundated with calls and messages from friends, fans and well-wishers back home, Dutt told BT from there, “Life has come a full circle for me at 50. I just feel lucky to be celebrating this day with my loved ones.”
At this milestone year in his life, the actor has no intention of slowing down. Apart from the recently released Luck, he has a string of releases due that see him take a break from the usual macho gangster act. From the fantasy flick Aladin — in which he plays a villainous character — to the underwater treasure adventure Blue. And from the comic caper Chatursingh 2 Star to the intense drama Lamha. Reflecting on the rollercoaster ride his journey has been — right from battling drug addiction to being embroiled in the 1993 bomb blasts case — the actor said, “It’s been a long and tiring journey, but I have no complaints. I have lost and found many amazing people along the way. Each brought their own joys and pain. But each experience has taught me a valuable lesson in life. Not in my wildest dreams had I ever imagined life would turn out to be the way it has. But then that’s what life is all about — unpredictable and enough twists on it’s own.” As for turning 50, Dutt said, “There are times when I don’t feel my age at all, but there are also times when I feel like I have lived and seen more than just these 50 years. But at heart, I’ll always be my mum’s Baba.”
Now, he’s looking forward to his next release, the Amitabh Bachchan-Riteish Deshmukh starrer Aladin. Dutt said, “My character’s called the Ringmaster and it’s a very sinister kind of character.” He’s sung yet again for this film. And, keeping in mind his passion for vrooming mean machines, director Sujoy Ghosh even got Dutt his own batmobile kind of bike. Babes and bike — Sanju’s forever love. “I love bikes, always will. As for babes, I am happy with the only one in my life right now,” laughed the deadly Dutt.
|Although Sanjay Dutt was reluctant to celebrate his 50th birthday as close friend and mentor Amar Singh was not back on his feet after his surgery, his friends across the globe brought his birthday in with a bang. The celebration on Tuesday night was nothing less than a grand affair in Cape Town, South Africa, where the actor is shooting for No Problem.
Naturally, Maanyata played a perfect host, by welcoming the guests and making sure that everybody was comfortable. A source present at the bash said, “It was an extremely private affair with select invitees. Dutt’s close friends like Imran from South Africa, Paresh from Chicago, Mac from LA, Sudesh of Wizcraft and cricketer Graham Smith were present. Among the filmi crowd were Akshaye Khanna and Paresh Rawal, who were shooting in Durban and flew down for the party.”
According to the source, the bash was organised by Sanjay’s friends from Cape Town. The source added, “Everybody was welcomed by a local band after which, they drove down in a black limousine from the hotel to one of the most beautiful lounges, Karma, at Camps Bay.”
Apparently, Akshaye Khanna, was in high spirits after a few drinks and kept hugging Sanjay.
“Apart from dancing to typical Bollywood songs, there were belly dancers too to entertain the guests. Alcohol flowed in plenty while the select menu included a choice of sea food specialties and Sushi. At midnight, Sanjay cut the cake and they partied till Wednesday morning.”
Everyone, including Maanyata, gave a speech in Dutt’s honour.