Atithi Tum Kb Jaoge is a 2010 Hindi movie directed by Ashwini Dheer starring Ajay Devgan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Paresh Rawal in lead roles. Read the complete critic’s review for the comedy Movie at CalcuttaTube.
- Film: ‘Atithee Tum Kb Jaoge’; Starring; Ajay Devgan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Paresh Rawal;
- Directed by: Ashwini Dheer; Rating: * 1/2
Be Ajay Devgan’s guest. So many films about the guest as an intruder. But this one takes the creak. And yes we do mean creak. The plot sets out to portray the ‘bin bulaye mehmaan’, or uninvited guest, as a pest rather than a guest and finally spends agonizing playing time portraying him as a messiah in a dhoti.
Trust Paresh Rawal to get into the skin of his character. From first frame to the last, Paresh has a blast. He doesn’t let go of a single moment of joy in embracing the role of the unwanted guest in Mumbai’s very hectic self-absorbed nuclear family where, as Devgan says in his heated summing-up homily, even parents are not welcome after the first few days.
So how welcome is this film about an unwelcome guest? ‘Atithee Tum Kab Jaoge‘ has its entertaining moments. But it’s essentially a one-episode sitcom. And you wonder how far writer-director Ashwini Dheer will stretch this version of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Bawarchi’ about the quirky and persistent stranger who changes a family’s way of looking at life?
At mid-point director Dheer and his characters including the indefatigable Paresh have run out of steam.
Post-interval the narration does a vivacious volte face. And suddenly the boorish loudly burping belching and farting guest becomes a demi-god. A saviour spreading sunshine across the 4-walls of Devgans’ well-appointed home. Rawal repairs all of Devgan and Konkona‘s domestic and work-related problems and leaves their home after having spread enough goodwill to do away with the other pollutant emissions in the first-half.
Dheer’s writing is a skilled synthesis of satire and a strong message on the virtues of an extended family.
[ReviewAZON asin=”B0038QWTRK” display=”inlinepost”]Many passages of the film are designed as very little more than diversion and deflections indicating the fracture in family values that is easily reparable with some persuasion from an old-fashioned rustic guest with values that suggest a deep connection between the scriptures and common sense.
Life in the cities is not that easy to fix. The film goes through a series of cleverly orchestrated fable-like chapters, none uninteresting, but most of them repetitive beyond a point.
Devgan and Konkona try to be funny. Konkona Sen needs to drastically expand her repertoire of expressions from grimace and grin to more far-reaching expressions. There’s an interesting cameo by Satish Kaushik (playing a harried film director). And the funniest line comes from Kaushik when after repenting the way he allowed his wife to treat his mother Kaushik resolves to make a ‘Baghban type of film’.
‘Atithee’ is just that. It starts off as a savage satire on the perils of hospitality but ends up as another ‘Baghban’.
Review 2 by SAMPURN
Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?: A clean family comedy
- Rating: 3 out of 5*
- Starring: Ajay Devgan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Paresh Rawal
- Director: Ashwni Dhir
Lambodar (Paresh Rawal) comes to Bombay from Gorakhpur and lands up at the house of Puneet (Ajay Dev gan), his nephew. Puneet and his working wife, Munmun (Konkona Sen Sharma), had least expected the guest and were, in fact, not even aware that they had an uncle called Lambodar. Trying to be the ideal hosts, they conceal their annoyance and behave well with him and extend their hospitality to the fullest to make him feel comfortable. The crass Lambodar, on the other hand, irritates them with his crude acts and actions. How ever, he has his good side too – among other things, he brushes up their child’s Hindi, much to the joy of his teacher. Yet, Lambodar soon gets on the nerves of the hosts. Puneet and Munmun begin to despair when Lambodar refuses to leave. Driven to their wits’ end, they use different tricks to make him leave but somehow, nothing works as the thick-skinned Lambodar refuses to budge. What happens thereafter is revealed in the climax.
The story (Ashwini Dhir) may be thin but it is one which every family can identify with. Therefore, by its very nature, the film is a fare for the family audience. However, the screenplay is replete with toilet humour (Lambodar keeps polluting the atmosphere by passing gas, and Munmun keeps spraying room freshner thereafter), which becomes repetitive after a while. The screenplay, penned by Robin Bhatt, Ashwini Dhir and Tushar Hiranandani, is enjoyable but it has its limitations. It must be mentioned here that the crude humour will find favour with a section of the mass audience which will enjoy the jokes.
Among the plus points are the opening commentary and the animated sketches of the characters to explain the film’s theme and the way in which Lambodar asks Munmun to cook food for him. Dialogues (Ashwini Dhir) are witty and funny. The domestic help’s arguments with Munmun and Lam bodar are novel.
Ajay Devgan acts well. Konkona Sen Sharma is wonderfully natural. Paresh Rawal performs pretty naturally. Satish Kaushik leaves an impact as the film director. Akhilendra Mishra impresses with a fine performance. Sanjay Mishra gets limited scope but is good, all the same. Viju Khote is hilarious.
Pritam’s music is far from good. Except the parody of the ‘Beedi jalai le’ song from Omkara, the other songs lack appeal.
On the whole, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? carries good appeal for a family audience expecting to see a clean comedy devoid of adult humour.