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A scene from ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge'
A scene from ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge'

Film: Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge

Director: Ashwni Dhir

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Konkona Sen Sharma, Paresh Rawal

It is rare to have a film which gives away everything in its title but still manages to hold interest. Director Ashwni Dhir's light-hearted but ‘soapy' comment on a guest, who outstays his welcome, is timely as in the march of civilisation, guest is becoming an endangered species and the one with rustic background has almost become extinct.

Storyline

The plot gives a familiar feeling as in the fast-paced life of metros where people have no time to worship god – even the aartis are played by deejays – how can they stop and take note of a well-meaning guest?

Film writer Puneet and his interior designer wife Munmun (Ajay Devgn and Konkona Sen Sharma) are no different. Their son doesn't even know the meaning of that famous phrase enshrined in the Trittiya Upanishad that put the guest on the same footing as god. Even as the couple is contemplating as to how to give him a practical example, Puneet's uncle (Paresh Rawal) surfaces from Gorakhpur.

As expected after the initial bonhomie, the guest becomes a pain in the back.

His early-rising schedule and demands for rich food demolishes Munmun's lifestyle and his bucolic sense of humour almost renders his writer nephew jobless.

Ashwni cleverly puts the two Indias in one home. And without getting judgmental, he lets the humour emanate as the two hug or clash with each other!

The fun bubble is inflated with a lot of ‘gaseous' humour and some of the familiar situations are overtly dramatised as Ashwni doesn't believe in leaving much to the imagination.

ANUJ KUMAR

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