Partner is a 2007 Indian romantic comedy film directed by David Dhawan. The film stars Govinda and Salman Khan, with Katrina Kaif and Lara Dutta. The film is inspired by the hollywood movie Will Smith starrer Hitch (2005). The film was declared a blockbuster by Box Office India and one of the highest grossers for Salman Khan; the film was also Govinda's comeback.
Dhawan has expressed interest in creating a sequel to the film, but as of 2012 no script has been finalized and news outlets have reported that the film has been shelved entirely.
Prem (Salman Khan) is a Love Guru who solves the love issues of his clients. He meets Bhaskar Diwakar Chaudhary (Govinda) who comes to Prem for help in his love life. Bhaskar loves his boss Priya Jaisingh (Katrina Kaif) but is unable to express his love to her as she is the daughter of a wealthy businessman. 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 (Lara Dutta), a photo journalist who was running from some gangsters led by Chhota Don (Rajpal Yadav), who mimicks 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. Priya finally falls in love with Bhaskar but does not disclose it to him.
But in the mean time Prem also comes to know that Naina is married and has a kid named Rohan (Ali Haji) and to impress Naina he takes care of him.
Prem comes to know from Bhaskar that Priya is getting married to someone according to her father's will. They both come to Priya's wedding ceremony with Rohan, but find Naina there and convinces her to marry Prem and Priya's father is convinced by Bhaskar's acts. Priya now gets ready to marry Bhaskar.
Meanwhile, a spoiled brat named Neil (Rajat Bedi) comes to Prem for love 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 advice to do so. Unfortunately, the girl turns out to be Naina's friend Nikki. Naina then sets out to expose the 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.
Prem thinks that Bhaskar may commit suicide 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.Govinda as Bhaskar Devakar Chaudhary, A nerdy man who has a crush on his boss Priya Jaisingh.
Salman Khan as Prem (Love Guru), A love master who gives advice to those who need help getting people in love.
Lara Dutta as Naina
Katrina Kaif as Priya Jaisingh
Master Ali Haji as Rohan (Naina's son)
Dalip Tahil as Raj Jaisingh
Aarti Chabria as Nikki (Naina's colleague)
Rajat Bedi as Neil Bakshi
Suresh Menon as Kiran
Deepshikha as Pammi, Prem's sister
Tiku Talsania as Naina's boss
Ali Asgar as Naina's colleague
Vindu Dara Singh as Chadha
Razak Khan as John uncle
Puneet Issar as Rana
Rajpal Yadav as Chhota Don
Shashi Kiran as Newspaper stall owner
Dheirya Sorecha as Pammi's son
Jason Shah as Priya's fiancé
The music was composed by Sajid-Wajid. The soundtrack entered the top five on 23 July 2007. 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.
Box Office India declared the film a "Blockbuster" and was the second biggest domestic opener at that time.It grossed Rs. 1.38 Billion in India and $4.19 million overseas.Review-Taran Adarsh
Sony Pictures, owners of the film Hitch, contemplated a $30-million suit against both the Indian producers for copyright infringements. It would have been the first time 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.