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A still from the movie "Atithi tum kab jaoge?"  

Ashwini Dhir, well known for his laugh-riots is once again back with his latest venture “Athithi tum kab jaoge”. This time, the crunchy director, has chosen a strange phenomenon as his theme for the movie — “Athithi Devo Bhavah”, the three words associated with Indian culture over centuries, meaning the guest is like God.

However, this is just not what is shown in the movie. Dhir, with his magic, has changed this concept into a rib-tickling comedy.

Unwelcome guest

The plot revolves around three lead characters, Puneet (Ajay Devgn), Munmun (Konkona Sen Sharma) and the favourite Chachaji (Paresh Rawal). Puneet, a script writer and Munmun, an interior designer, are happily married with a six-year-old son.

But their life takes a turn when a distant relative comes into their house as an unwelcome guest. The guest's unhealthy behaviour and his over-extended stay frustrate the couple and they try hard to get rid of him.

Performances

The first half of the film is quite impressive whereas the second half lets you down. The second half takes off from the movie's comic track and ends up as an emotional drama. Small, yet significant roles by Satish Kaushik, Sanjay Mishra are equally important and help in un-folding the plot.

Paresh Rawal is the best choice for the role and no one could have been better than him. Ajay and Konkona are very impressive.

Music by Pritam is just average. Ashwini's writing is appreciable, even though the story is based on Sharad Joshi's article “Athithi tum kab jaoge”. Dhir has put in a lot of effort and has completed the project in a record four months.

Bottomline: The movie is good, but not very impressive. It will make you smile as long as you are in the theatre and that's about it.

AKSHAAY PAREEKH, IX, Chinmaya Vidyalaya


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