Salman Khan and Govinda...Partner-ing soon!

Salman Khan is an actor whose films are always keenly anticipated. Add to the same film a legend in his own right, Govinda, Salman's to-be-soon wife Katrina Kaif, and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta, and you begin to look forward to and get excited (like I am now) about the movie Partner, which will be released on 20 July 2007.

One can trust my favorite actor of all-time Aamir Khan's choice (worry not Salman and Shah Rukh Khan fans, they are tied for second all-time), and per Aamir Khan, the dance sequences in Partner are out of this world. That in itself is something to look forward to.

Watched some promos of the film today. Loved them! I had sampled the soundtrack earlier and am convinced that the approach to making this film (by Sohail Khan, Salman's brother, of course) is very different. One gets a sense of that by listening to the soundtrack as well. My Love, Dupatta Tera Nau Rang Da, Soni De Nakhre, are my favorites from the album. Do you Wanna Partner and Maria Maria aren't too far behind. Definitely worth a listen if not a purchase!

Tell you what -- I am expecting the film to be the most successful of the year so far. It will challenge Bheja Fry for the best comedy of the year. Unadulterated entertainment. That is what this one promises.

Cannot wait...

Speaking of Salman Khan, check out these stories: A Khan-dani fan and Salman doesn't offer a lift. The latter is very telling. Bipasha Basu ko kaun lift dega? True. I lost a lot of my respect and admiration for her after the New 7 Wonders ceremony. Aray kamaal hai, what happens to people like Aishwarya and Bipasha after thoda sa lift? Here's to humility and class in excellence!

Aamir, Salman, Shah Rukh, Kajol, Tabu...YOU are my stars! And I know you will stay that way!


salek said...

After great success with Partner, Salman Khan and the composer duo Sajid-Wajid have teamed up once again for God Tussi Great Ho, the Bollywood remake of Bruce Almighty. The film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, as God, and Priyanka Chopra. (Bollywood Trade News Network)

I'm really looking forward to this film, but can Salman and Amitabh reprise the magic of Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman? Would it be even fair to make such comparisons? Their chemistry in Baabul wasn’t amazing in my opinion. The film’s release has been delayed, but do you have any idea when it’s coming out?

theBollywoodFan said...

There is much to look forward to in God Tussi Great Ho, I agree. Amitabh and Salman should be fun to watch. I thought Salman-Priyanka were pretty good in Mujshe Shaadi Karogi and Salaam-e-Isqh (which most didn't like, but I did somewhat).

Per this IndiaFM piece, the film will release on Independence Day (August 15) weekend. The piece is less than a week old, so I'd think it'd be accurate.

salek said...

August 15th you say… well, prepare yourself for another Independence Day showdown. That day will also be seeing the release of Yash Raj Films’ Bachna Ae Haseeno, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone, and Minnisha Lamba. The director is Siddharth Anand, who previously directed Salaam Namaste and Ta Ra Rum Pum.

While God Tussi Great Ho has the established star cast, one shouldn’t underestimate Bachna Ae Haseeno. Bipashu Basu is one of today’s most popular actresses. Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor are one of Bollywood’s “it-couples” and have huge fan followings from their debut films. The media will definitely be playing up their romance as the release date approaches and audiences will be curious to see if the pair sets the screen on fire with their chemistry.

GTGH’s cast includes Amitabh Bachchan, whose recent films have all been disappointments critically and at the box office. Salman Khan, unlike Aamir and Shah Rukh, does not have the “golden touch” when it comes to box office hits. Priyanka Chopra hasn’t had a hit since Don in 2006, and if Love Story 2050 fails, that might curb excitement for her appearance in GTGH.

Or like most of YRF’s recent films Bachna Ae Haseeno may end up being big on hype, but fall flat at the box office. Most of YRF’s recent films seemed to have had fail-safe USPs: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom had its soundtrack; Laaga Chunari Mein Daag had Parineeta director Pradeep Sarkar; Aaja Nachle was to be the Madhuri Dixit comeback; and Tashan had an all-star cast, most notably the ‘Saifreena’ jodi.

Bachna Ae Haseeno’s USP is obviously its young cast. From the promo, the film obviously looks very sleek and hip with international locales. You see the Sydney Opera House - a la Salaam Namaste (2005), and Ranbir as a playboy, a la I See You (2006). Based on what I’ve read, the three different leading ladies serve as the love interests for three different stages in Ranbir Kapoor’s character’s life.

What’s most notable about this clash are the casts: God Tussi Great Ho has the traditional Bollywood icons while Bachna Ae Haseeno has the up and coming youth icons.

The name of Ranbir Kapoor’s second film is also the name of one of Rishi Kapoor’s hit songs, ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’.

I’m leaning towards watching Bachna Ae Haseeno first. While, I enjoyed Ranbir Kapoor’s performance in Saawariya, I really want to see him in a different role, not so atypical as his first. I also want to see Deepika’s follow-up to Om Shanti Om where she won’t overshadowed by a superstar like Shah Rukh Khan.

What do you make of this clash?

theBollywoodFan said...

They are both appealing. I would still watch a Salman Khan movie over anything else (except an Aamir Khan movie).

Bachna Ae Haseeno should be a fun film too, though. Agree about the promos. Deepika might have been overshadowed in Om Shanti Om, but that worked to her advantage. What a platform for a start to the career!